Designer of RPGs and Board Games, Fiction & Non-Fiction Author,
D&D Historian, Game & Play Theorist
Robert J. Kuntz is one of the legendary founders of the D&D™ game and a first-wave alumnus of TSR, the company which in 1974 produced the world's first RPG in his home town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Rob is the "Last Designer Standing" from the game's UR beginning; and he considers it a huge honor and duty to celebrate the people and sources that were instrumental in birthing and nurturing what he believes was a paradigm shift in game design and game theory.
Rob was born in 1955 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In 1968 he met and became friends with Gary Gygax and his family. Besides mentoring him in writing and design Gary considered adopting him (at age 16).
In November, 1972 Gygax and Kuntz and several other LGTSA (Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association) members were on hand for Dave Arneson’s demonstration of his new “fantasy game,” Blackmoor, that he and his group in the Twin Cities had been playing since 1971. This meeting soon blossomed into what is known as the first commercial RPG, Dungeons & Dragons®. This started a blitz in creativity initially centered upon TSR Hobbies in Lake Geneva that has since continued unabated into the present.
Over his creative career, Robert Kuntz has accumulated many awards and accolades for his multi-faceted works. He has over 100 publishing credits to date. His works have been read worldwide by millions and published in 20 languages.
In 2020 he announced his retirement from the print publication RPG industry to pursue other media projects including a contracted novel about, and film adaptation for, “Lake Geneva Days”.
Due to his unwavering commitment to his fans he licensed part of his RPG properties to Legends of Role Playing and TLB Games. He has reorganized his IP holdings under the RJK Estate umbrella, this in order to concentrate on a wide variety of projects for feature films, documentaries, CRPG ventures, fiction/non-fiction and 5E D&D™ ventures.
Robert Kuntz resides in Corsica, France with his charming wife Nathalie and their four spirited cats.
Contact the RJK Estate: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Board Game, Miniature Rules,
Three Little Books Adventures:
Maze of Zayene series, author:
Maure Castle series:
Castles & Crusades:
D&D® 5e/ 1e:
The Dimensions of Dowda (in both 5e and
Convention RPG Adventures:
ERKA Poster Maps:
Game Design Workshops, Seminars, Panel Discussions
(by Convention, 1987-present):
● GENCON ● DRAGON CON ● NORTH TEXAS RPG CON ●
● GARY CON ● LUCCA COMICS & GAMES ● ATHENSCON ●
Award Nominations (3):
Magazine Contributions (1973-current, by periodical):
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).
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