Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Maybe We can Say Thank You Ahead Of Time-Timothy Kask

Timothy James Kask (born 1949 in Moline, Illinois) is well known for his work on the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game, as a developer and editor.

Kask was the first full-time employee of Tactical Studies Rules, soon thereafter known as TSR, Inc., in Fall of 1975 and was hired by Gary Gygax to be editor for the company product line and eventually spin off what became TSR Periodicals, which he started in early 1976.

Kask’s first assignment at TSR was editing, developing and contributing to the Blackmoor supplement (1975) of the original Dungeons and Dragons (OD&D) game.

He then took over The Strategic Review at Issue #5 (Tactical Studies Rules, later TSR Hobbies Inc). He stayed on as editor of The Strategic Review, which transitioned into The Dragon magazine. He resigned from TSR in 1980.

He was editor of The Dragon Magazine (named later changed to Dragon Magazine)starting in 1976, devoted to fantasy and fantasy gaming, he edited the first 33 issues and parts of 34, 35 & 36.

Kask is an ardent proponent of the “old school” of RPG'ing, where in terms of rules, “less is more”; D&D was originally intended to be loose, free-wheeling and not strictly bound by the parameters of the rules.

He returned to gaming in 2006 as “Celebrity Auctioneer”, with Frank Mentzer, at Gen Con Indy and then in 2007 and 2008, he joined Mentzer as an honored attendee to the Lake Geneva Gaming Convention (LGGC), sponsored by Troll Lord Games.

Having been enticed back into the gaming and publishing industry, rumor has it that he is hard at work on writing new adventures and campaigns for RPGs.

Kask has also just reunited with his good friend and long acquaintance - James M. Ward, managing editor of The Crusader magazine (published by Troll Lord Games) to write a monthly column.

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(All quotes courtesy of Wikipedia)