Lynn Willis

Lynn Willis

Lynn Willis is a wargame and role-playing game designer who has done work for Metagaming Concepts, Game Designers' Workshop, and Chaosium.

Willis began by designing science fiction wargames for Metagaming, starting with the "Godsfire" in 1976. He also designed the microgames "Olympica" (1978) and "Holy War" (1979). Chaosium published "Lords of the Middle Sea" (1978), while GDW published "Bloodtree Rebellion" (1979).

However, Willis's relationship with Chaosium has proved the most enduring, and there he would turn to role-playing games. He helped founder Greg Stafford trim and refine the "RuneQuest" rules into "Basic Role-Playing", the rules that would serve as the base for many of Chaosium's RPG lines. He is included in the design credits for "Worlds of Wonder" (1982) and the "Ringworld" RPG (1984). With other members of Chaosium, he co-wrote the "Ghostbusters" RPG for West End Games, which won the H.G. Wells Award for Best Role-playing Rules of 1986. [cite web| url=| title=Charles S. Roberts/H.G. Wells Award Winners (1986) |publisher=Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design|accessdate=2008-09-25] After their original creators left, Willis took on the task of developing new editions of "Stormbringer" and "Call of Cthulhu". Throughout, he edited, and sometimes wrote for, Chaosium supplements. Indeed, as other staff members, even Stafford, have departed, he has ended up as not only Editor-in-Chief, but the longest-running member of the staff.


External links

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* [ Official Chaosium Staff Bio]
* [ Interview with Lynn Willis]

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