A former United States Navy officer and a well-known game designer, Richard Baker is the author of fourteen novels, including the New York Times best seller Condemnation (Wizards of the Coast, 2003) and the highly acclaimed The Last Mythal trilogy (Wizards of the Coast, 2004–2006). He is a lifelong devotee of science fiction and fantasy, a history enthusiast (particularly military history), and an avid fan of games of all kinds.
Rich attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, graduating in 1988. He received his commission in the US Navy and served three years as a deck officer on USS Tortuga (LSD-46), earning his Surface Warfare Officer qualification. In 1991 he left active duty to begin a twenty-five year career as a professional game designer, first with TSR, Inc., and then with Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. Some of Rich’s more notable game design credits include the Alternity Science Fiction Roleplaying Game, the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons game, the award-winning Axis & Allies Miniatures Game, and the Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures Game.
Rich began his writing career by working in the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, which dovetailed with his day job as a game designer. His first published novel was Easy Betrayals (TSR, Inc., 1998). He went on to write ten more Forgotten Realms novels (including The Last Mythal and the Blades of the Moonsea trilogies) as well as Zero Point, a science-fiction novel set in the Star*Drive universe.
In 2011, Rich left Wizards of the Coast. He founded his own small-press game publishing company, Sasquatch Game Studio, in 2013. With Sasquatch, Rich created the savage world of Primeval Thule, a sword-and-sorcery game setting, and Ultimate Scheme, a game for evil geniuses. He also began working seriously on his own original fiction, seeking to combine his military experience with his love of history and science fiction—an effort that led to the creation of Sikander North and the novel Valiant Dust.
He is represented by literary agent Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
A native of the Jersey shore, Rich has resided in western Washington State since 1997. He married his college sweetheart, Kim Rohrbach, in 1991; they have two daughters, Alex and Hannah. In addition to writing and game design, Rich’s interests include hiking in the Cascades, Golden Age SF (he’s a big fan of Doc Smith), Jeopardy! (he appeared as a contestant once, but finished a distant third), and the Philadelphia Phillies (who might finally have a team heading in the right direction).