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James M. Ward

Also Known As

  • Jim Ward
  • James Ward

Game Credits


Guardians of Graxia (2010)   (Design Consultant)
Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game (2002)   (Original Card Game Design)
Champions of Krynn (1990)   (Based on an original story by)
Pool of Radiance (1988)   (Scenario Created by TSR, Inc.)


Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Collectors Editi... (2015)   (Based on an Original Story by)
Star Wars: Empire at War - Forces of Corruption (2006)   (Additional Writing, Dialogue)
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (2001)   (Story Consultant)
Champions of Krynn (1990)   (Based on original story by)
Pool of Radiance (1988)   (Scenario created by)


Eye of the Beholder (1994)   (Voices)

Creative Services

Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance (1996)   (Vice-president of Creative Services)


Panzer General: Allied Assault (2009)   (Design Consultant)


AD&D Dark Sun Online: Crimson Sands (1996)   (Special thanks to)
Ravenloft: Stone Prophet (1995)   (Special Thanks to)
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse (1994)   (Special Thanks To)
Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager (1994)   (Special Thanks To)
Eye of the Beholder (1994)   (Special Thanks to)
Menzoberranzan (1994)   (Special Thanks To)
Slayer (1994)   (Thanks Also to)
Dark Sun: Shattered Lands (1993)   (Special Thanks To)
Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor (1993)   (Special Thanks to)
Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992)   (Special Thanks To)
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace (1992)   (Special Thanks To)


Blood & Magic (1996)   (TSR (Head Honcho))

Developer Biography

James M. Ward was born an May 23, 1951. He started out reading Hardy Boys and Tom Swift books and has since become a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy.

Gaming industry guru Jim Ward is an icon in the field of role-playing. He has been successful author and game designer since 1974. He created the first science fiction role playing game in Metamorphosis Alpha. He's written for Marvel, DC Comics, Random House, Del Rey, Bantam, and Western Publishing. In 1989 he was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame.

Ward is a 20-year veteran of TSR and was formerly in charge of all product development. He has also done work with Freelance and SSI, among others. Ward, who was the former licensing director and world builder for TSR, is also co-author of The Paladins and The Heroes of Phlan trilogy in Forgotten Realms. He has just recently added the design of the Dragonball Z collectible card game to his long list of accomplishments.

Jim got his start in role-playing with the design of Metamorphosis Alpha, the first science-fiction role-playing game. He has been designing games and helping others to design them ever since. Jim Ward wrote the first post-apocalyptic roleplaying game: the award-winning Gamma World. After Gary Gygax left TSR in the '90s, Jim filled his shoes as the director of creative development, steering the company's game designs for over a decade. When Wizards of the Coast bought TSR, Jim opted to remain in Wisconsin and work as a consultant in the gaming industry.

In 2002 James Ward became President of Fast Forward Entertainment, a position he still holds in 2005.

Last updated: Sep 03, 2005