Fantasy Setting Search Winner Selected

(l-r): Anthony Valterra, Category Manager for Tabletop Roleplaying Games; Liz Shue, Marketing Director for Publishing; Bill Slavicsek, Director of RPG Research & Development; Peter Archer, Editorial Director of Book Publishing; Keith Baker, Fantasy Setting Search Finalist; and Keith's giant, $10,000 check.

The Wizards of the Coast Publishing Group is pleased to announce that the fantasy setting written by Keith Baker of Boulder, CO has been chosen to become the next campaign setting for Wizards of the Coast.

Keith picked up his first Dungeons & Dragons book when he was seven years old and has been playing and designing games of all types ever since then. After receiving a degree in English and creative writing from Bates College he spent a few years in the computer industry, only to quit in April 2002 to become a full-time freelance game designer. He has contributed to a variety of Over the Edge and d20 compilations from Atlas Games, and his solo credits include The Ebon Mirror (Atlas Games) and The Complete Guide to Doppelgangers (Goodman Games). Keith grew up in Ithaca, New York, and he now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his lovely wife Ellen, two crazy cats, and a very bossy cow.

Keith's setting was culled from the nearly 11,000 entries that were received after the company announced an open search in June 2002. The incredible response to the search announcement is testimony to the vitality and creativity of the gaming community.

All three finalists in the search -- Keith Baker, Rich Burlew, and Nathan Toomey -- developed richly detailed 100-page setting bibles for their proposed worlds. Wizards would like to extend congratulations and thanks to all three finalists for their hard work and creativity throughout the process.

More information about the setting will be made available this summer.

Read more about Keith Baker in this interview with Keith. Now we all know what he's going to do with the money!

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