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**Steve Jackson**

Bio from the 2004 website:

The founder of Steve Jackson Games, one of the most important and loved publishers of Role Playing Games. Also the creator of the “Generic Universal RolePlaying System”, otherwise known as <a target=“new” href=“http://web.archive.org/web/20040404030949/http://sjgames.com/gurps/”>G.U.R.P.S.</a> The company also publishes <a target=“new” href=“http://web.archive.org/web/20040404030949/http://sjgames.com/pyramid/”>Pyramid magazine</a>, a must-read which reports on all the best things in the world of gaming. Steve also has degrees in both biology and political science, which you have to admit seems highly suspicious.

Yes, Steve Jackson Games is “the company that was raided by the Secret Service”. The company came out of that a big legal winner, with the government being severely criticized and penalized by the judge in the case. The full story is available <a target=“new” href=“http://web.archive.org/web/20040404030949/http://sjgames.com/SS/”>here</a>. Steve's probably tired of talking about it.

Steve is also the creator of <a target=“new” href=“http://web.archive.org/web/20040404030949/http://www.io.com/%7Esj/PirateGame.html”>Evil Stevie's Pirate Game</a>. Which, in his own words, is “a game, involving elements of both roleplaying and tactical combat, in which grown men and women sit on the floor and push toy pirate ships around, going <a target=“new” href=“http://web.archive.org/web/20040404030949/http://www.talklikeapirate.com/”>Arrrr!</a>”

Bio from the 2004 ProgramBook:

SteveJackson, founder and editor-in-chief of Steve Jackson Games, is a longtime SF fan, and gets away to cons when he can. He writes filksongs (adequately) and sings (very badly). He is a confirmed net addict. His other hobbies include gardening, dinosaurs, Lego and tropical fish. In his copious free time, he reads, eats and sleeps.

Since starting his own company in 1980, he has created a number of hits, starting with Car Wars … followed shortly by Illuminati, and later by GURPS, the “Generic Universal Roleplaying System.” In 1983, he was elected to the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame — the youngest person ever so honored. He has personally won 10 Origins Awards, not counting the others the company has received. Woo hoo.

In 1990 and 1991, Steve got international press due to the Secret Service’s invasion of his office. The EFF made it possible for SJ Games to bring suit against the Secret Service and the US government and win more than $50,000 in damages. And Steve is SO tired of telling the story, but you can read about it at www.sjgames.com/SS/.

He now spends a good deal of his time helping to manage Steve Jackson Games Incorporated, which at the moment employs 25 people. But he continues to write, as well. His latest big hit is Munchkin, a very silly card game about killing monsters and taking their stuff.

His current projects include some Munchkin follow-ups and the continuing quest to get his games translated into digital form.

Past appearances:

  • NiftyGuest for PenguiCon 5.0 in 2007
  • Gaming GoH for PengioCon 2.0 in 2004
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