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Donald W. Laabs

Also Known As

  • Donald Laabs
  • Don Laabs

Game Credits


Hoyle Majestic Chess (2003)   (Managing Director)
Earth 2150 (2000)   (VP of Product Development)
Chessmaster 5500 (1997)   (Director)
Pool Champion (1995)   (Sr. VP of Sports)
Mario's Time Machine (1993)   (Vice President R&D)


The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection (2014)   (Senior Producer)
The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff (2006)   (Senior Producer)
The Sims 2: Open for Business (2006)   (Senior Producer)
The Sims 2: Pets (2006)   (Senior Producer)
Disney's Aladdin Chess Adventures (2004)   (Managing Director)
Chessmaster 7000 (1999)   (VP Product Development)
Chessmaster II (1999)   (VP of Research & Development)
Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War (1999)   (VP Product Development)
The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess (1993)   (VP Software Development)
The Terminator (1993)   (VP, Software Development)
D/Generation (1991)   (Producers)
Cribbage King / Gin King (1989)   (Project Manager)
Life & Death (1988)   (Project Manager)


Chessmaster 6000 (1998)   (Directed by)
Chessmaster 5000 (1996)   (Directed By)
Ultimate Domain (1994)   (Creative Consultant)
The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess (1993)   (Capture Scripts)
Mario is Missing! (1992)   (Designed by)


Hoyle Majestic Chess (2003)   (Software Designers)
Chessmaster (2002)   (Programming Team)
Chessmaster 9000 (2002)   (Additional Programming)
Chessmaster 5500 (1997)   (Software Design)
Chessmaster 3-D (1995)   (Programmers)
The Chessmaster 4000 Turbo (1993)   (Software Design)
The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess (1993)   (Additional Programming)
Wing Commander (1992)   (Programming)
The Chessmaster 3000 (1991)   (Software Team)
The Miracle Piano Teaching System (1990)   (Software Development)
Cribbage King / Gin King (1989)   (Cribbage King by)
Blockade (1986)   (By)

Quality Assurance

Warlords: Battlecry II (2002)   (Ubisoft Beta Testers)


The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection (2014)   (Special Thanks)
The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff (2007)   (Special Thanks)
The Sims 2: Seasons (2007)   (Special Thanks)
The Legend of Alon D'ar (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Warlords: Battlecry (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Imperialism II: The Age of Exploration (1999)   (Special thanks to many others at SSI and Mindscape Entertainment that all contributed to make IMPERIALISM II: AGE OF EXPLORATION such a great product and project to work on:)
The Doonesbury Election Game Campaign '96 (1995)   (Special Thanks)
NCAA Football (1994)   (Special Thanks)
Mario's Time Machine (1993)   (Special Thanks)
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions (1993)   (Special Thanks to)
Life & Death II: The Brain (1990)   (The Guys Who Did the First One: Thanks for all the help, insights etc)


The Sims 3 (2009)   (Past Contributors)
Chessmaster 3-D (1995)   (Senior Vice President)
The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess (1993)   (Chess Consultant)

Developer Biography

As of 2006, Don Laabs is a Senior Producer in the Sims division of Electronic Arts.

Don has been in the games business since 1988. He served 12 years as VP of Product Development at Mindscape, where he was responsible for a wide range of products, including the Chessmaster series, the Mario edutainment series, and the Miracle Piano Teaching System.

Last updated: Mar 03, 2006

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