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Sandy Petersen

sandy-grin.jpgVice-president of the Board of Directors of Chaosium.

Chief Creative Consultant

Guidance Ro-Man

Sandy got his start in the game industry in 1980, where he first worked on paper roleplaying games. His best-known work from that time is the cult game Call of Cthulhu, which has been translated into many languages and is still played world-wide. He also worked on many other published projects, such as Runequest and Elfquest, and was instrumental in the creation of several dozen supplements and game aids.


In 1988, he left paper games for the computer game world. Since then he has worked for Microprose, id Software, and Ensemble Studios, where he was involved with Civilization, Doom, Quake, and the Age of Empire series, among others.


He became an instructor at the Guildhall at Southern Methodist University in 2009, where he taught Master’s degree candidates about game design and development for two years, and helped develop the game design curriculum. During this time he acted as producer for about 30 team student games.


Now he is the president and chief designer at Petersen Entertainment which has launched a series of highly successful boardgame projects, including the much-admired Cthulhu Wars, Theomachy, Orcs Must Die! – the boardgame, and Dicenstein.  


His games have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and he has received several dozen awards from the game industry. The award he is most proud of is his 1990 Gaming Hall of Fame plaque, which is given to only one person a year, and chosen by vote by the fan community.


He still loves and plays games. He has five children, nine grandchildren as of 2015, and a small mongrel dog.