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Raphael Koster

Also Known As

  • Raph Koster

Game Credits


Metaplace (2009)   (President)
Champions: Return to Arms (2005)   (Initial Production)
EverQuest II: Desert of Flames (2005)   (Chief Creative Officer)
EverQuest II (2004)   (Chief Creative Officer)


Field Commander (2006)   (Chief Creative Officer)
Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code (2006)   (Chief Creative Officer)
Frantix (2005)   (Chief Creative Officer)
GripShift (2005)   (Chief Creative Officer)
Star Wars: Galaxies - Trials of Obi-Wan (2005)   (Chief Creative Officer)
Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade (2005)   (Chief Creative Officer & Editor)
Star Wars: Galaxies - An Empire Divided (2003)   (Creative Director)
Ultima Online: The Second Age (1998)   (Lead Designer)
Ultima Online (1997)   (Lead Designer)


Ultima Online (1997)   (Additional Programming)


Ultima Online (1997)   (Additional Art)


Ultimate Rivals: The Rink (2019)   (Special Thanks)
Volume (2015)   (Special Thanks)
Thomas Was Alone (2012)   (Special Thanks)
Pillage the Village (2007)   (Special Thanks)


EverQuest II: Kingdom of Sky (2006)   (Chief Creative Officer)
EverQuest: Prophecy of Ro (2006)   (Chief Creative Officer)
Star Wars: Galaxies - Episode III Rage of the Wook... (2005)   (Chief Creative Officer)
Star Wars: Galaxies - The Total Experience (2005)   (Chief Creative Officer)
Star Wars: Galaxies - Jump to Lightspeed (2004)   (Chief Creative Officer)

Developer Biography

After completing an MFA in creative writing, joined Origin in 1995 as part of the original Ultima Online team. While there released Ultima Online and Ultima Online: The Second Age, and served as lead designer for Ultima Online Live (the ongoing service for this online RPG) until 1999. Was lead designer for an unannounced and later cancelled project until 2000. Joined Verant Interactive at the Austin office in 2000.

Writes and speaks frequently on online game and community issues, and maintains a website of writings at Several of his writings, such as "The Laws of Online World Design" are frequently referenced in the industry.

Last updated: Sep 01, 2000