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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 Works[]


  • 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 games[]

  • Metamorphosis Alpha (TSR, 1976), the first science fiction role-playing game.
  • Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes, with Robert J. Kuntz (TSR, 1976), one of the four rules supplements to the original edition of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Gamma World, with Gary Jaquet (TSR, 1978), the first role-playing game in the post-apocalyptic subgenre.
  • Deities & Demigods, with Robert J. Kuntz (TSR, 1980), a core rulebook for the 1st Edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons presenting similar material to that of Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes. This work introduced a number of now iconic Dungeons & Dragons deities, such as Corellon Larethian, Garl Glittergold, Gruumsh, Moradin, and Yondalla.
  • Greyhawk Adventures (TSR, 1988), a hardcover sourcebook for the World of Greyhawk campaign setting.
  • Metamorphosis Alpha 2006 Reprint (Author Reprint 2006), the first science fiction role-playing game.



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

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