Robert J. Kuntz Biography

Lucca Comics & Games 2015. Photo TLS.
Lucca Comics & Games 2015. Photo TLS.

Board Game, Miniature Rules,

RPG Play-testing:

  • Chainmail, play-tester
  • D&D Rules, primary play-tester (Original 1972-1974 play-test team)
  • Boot Hill, play-tester
  • Dunkirk board game, play-tester
  • Little Big Horn board game, play-tester
  • Alexander the Great board game, play-tester
  • Metamorphosis Alpha, play-tester
  • Dungeon! board game, play-tester
  • Divine Right board game, play-tester
  • Tractics, play-tester
  • Ancient Warfare, play-tester
  • Snits Revenge board game, play-tester
  • Awful Green Things from Outer Space board game, play-tester
  • Temple of Elemental Evil, play-tester
  • Tricolor, play-tester

 

Rob Kuntz (right) and Ernie Gygax playing Stratego. Photo courtesy of John Bobek.
Rob Kuntz (right) and Ernie Gygax playing Stratego. Photo courtesy of John Bobek.

Game Design/Development/Editing:

 

RPG (Rules)

  • Greyhawk, Supplement 1 to D&D, co-author
  • Blackmoor, Supplement 2 to D&D, developer/copy-editor
  • Gods, Demigods & Heroes, Supplement 4 to D&D, co-author
  • Swords and Spells, developer credit
  • Empire of the Petal Throne, copy-editor
  • Monster Manual, editorial assistance w/ Mike Carr final proofs
  • Dungeon Masters Guide, non-credited contributor (as per major contributions updated from Greyhawk: Supplement #1 to Classic D&D)
  • Deities and Demigods, co-author
  • Premium Original Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game (2013), co-authorship
Rob Kuntz (right) and Dave Arneson
Rob Kuntz (right) and Dave Arneson

Board Games

  • Magus board game, designer
  • King of the Tabletop board game, co-designer
  • Lankhmar board game, co-design/development
  • Kings & Things board game (won 1986 Charles Roberts award), co-designer

 

 

 

 

 

RPG (Adventures/Resources)

  • Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure, author
  • Temple of Tharizdun, significant contributor credit

 

Three Little Books Adventures, author:

 

Maze of Zayene series, author:

  • Prisoners of the Maze, Part 1, MoZ series
  • Dimensions of Flight, Part 2, MoZ series
  • Tower Chaos, author, Part 3, MoZ series
  • The Eight Kings, Part 4, MoZ series
  • Garden of the Plantmaster, author
  • Fate of Istus, co-author
  • The Stalk, author
  • Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, co-design by major contributions
  • Daemonic & Arcane, author
  • The Bottle City, author
  • El Raja Key's Arcane Treasury, co-author
  • Cairn of the Skeleton King, author
  • Tower of Blood, co-author
  • The Living Room, author
  • Ice Grave, author

 

HackMaster:

  • Sir Robilar's City of Brass, co-author

 

Rob Kuntz playing Little Wars by H.G. Wells. Photo courtesy of John Bobek.
Rob Kuntz playing Little Wars by H.G. Wells. Photo courtesy of John Bobek.

 

RPGA:

  • Journey to the City of Brass, (Dragon Con 1 tournament adventure; final round adjudicated by Kuntz & Gygax), author

 

Maure Castle series:

  • The Statuary (July 2004; Dungeon Magazine #112), author
  • Chambers of Antiquities (July 2005; Dungeon Magazine #124), author
  • The Greater Halls (Oct 2006; Dungeon Magazine #139), author

 

 

 

Rob Kuntz and Mark Rein-Hagen, at Lucca Comics & Games 2015
Rob Kuntz and Mark Rein-Hagen, at Lucca Comics & Games 2015

Castles & Crusades:

 

Castle Zagyg:

  • Dark Chateau, author


Convention RPG Adventures:

  • The Sunken City, author
  • The Mad House (convention workshop dungeon), lead designer
  • Dungeon of Death, author
  • Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, co-design

 

Electronic media:

 

Fiction (authored):

  • Journey to the City of the Gods short story (with commentary by David L. Arneson)
  • Quest for the Vermillion Volume short story
  • Black Festival novella

 

Game Design Workshops, Seminars. Panel Discussions (by Convention, 1987-present):

 

GENCONDRAGON CON NORTH TEXAS RPG CON GARY CON LUCCA COMICS & GAMES

 

 

Award Nominations (3)

  • Kings & Things board game (won)
  • Sir Robilar’s City of Brass (lost)
  • Maure Castle, Dungeon Magazine #112 (won)

 

"Lateral Thought Processing in Real-Time RPG Design" workshop at Lucca Comics and Games 2015
"Lateral Thought Processing in Real-Time RPG Design" workshop at Lucca Comics and Games 2015

Publishers (1975-current):

Left to Right: Terry Kuntz, Rob Kuntz, John Bobek and Bill Hoyer (RIP), at Gary Con, Lake Geneva (WI)
Left to Right: Terry Kuntz, Rob Kuntz, John Bobek and Bill Hoyer (RIP), at Gary Con, Lake Geneva (WI)

Magazine Contributions (1973-current, by periodical)

 

Conventions Chaired:

  • GENCON 8 & 9, Chairman
  • Winter Fantasy 1, Chairman

 

Game Industry/Hobby Distinctions/Notable Achievements:

 

IFW member; LGTSA President; “King” Castle & Crusades Society; Editor, The Domesday Book; lead play-tester Dungeons & Dragons; TSR founding era employee; 3rd longest-standing Fantasy RPG world (World of Kalibruhn, designed top>down); first fiction published by TSR (Quest for the Vermillion Volume); TSR's content editor for Judges Guild licensed D&D products; President Creations Unlimited and Pied Piper Publishing; Charles Roberts Award winner; Golden Ennie Award winner; conceptualized, forwarded and instituted the first designer-received award for RPG design excellence in the industry (the Three Castles Award).

 

Rob Kuntz at Titmouse Studio, Hollywood, CA
Rob Kuntz at Titmouse Studio, Hollywood, CA

Select Online Interviews:

 

The Kyngdoms Interview by Eric Noah

Isola Illyon Interview by Luca Scelza

Radio Improntadigitale Radio interview and Lucca Games Interview, both at Lucca Comics & Games 2015

Hill Cantons Interview by Chris Kutalik

Grognard Games Video Interview by Martin Brown

Secrets of Blackmoor Feature Documentary: Rob Kuntz appeared in the documentary, was interviewed and also wrote a special preface.

Multiverse, A Blog from TSR®, Inc. Interview by Timothy Connolly

La Gazette du Donjon Interview by Antoine Poncin. English interview available here.

 

 

Select Online Resources:

 

Lake Geneva Original RPG Campaign

Lord of the Green Dragons

A Partial, Annotated Bibliography of the Works of Robert J. Kuntz

Dragonsfoot Forums, Q & A with Rob Kuntz

Pied Piper Publishing Forums

Robert J. Kuntz, Wikipedia

 

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