James M. Ward (born May 23, 1951), is an American game designer and fantasy author. He is most famous for his game development and writing work for TSR, Inc., where he worked for more than 20 years. In 1989 he was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame. From 2000 - 2005, he was President of Fast Forward Entertainment, an independent game development company.

Selected WorksEdit


  • Pool of Radiance, with Jane Cooper Hong, (TSR, 1989), a Forgotten Realms novel derived from the Pool of Radiance computer game.
  • Pools of Darkness, with Anne K. Brown (TSR, 1992), the sequel to Pool of Radiance
  • Pool of Twilight, with Anne K. Brown (TSR, 1993), the third book in the Pool series.
  • Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe (Tor Books, 2005).
  • Sete-Ka's Dream Quest (Margaret Weis Productions, 2006).
  • Dragonfrigate Halcyon Blithe (Tor Books, 2006).
  • Time Twisters Anthology (DAW Books, 2006).
  • The Curse of Time (Margaret Weis Productions, 2007).

Role-playing gamesEdit



The Dungeons & Dragons character Drawmij was named after him; "Drawmij" is simply "Jim Ward" spelled backwards.

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