Michael O'Brien ('MOB') is Vice President for Chaosium. His role encompasses creative development, community engagement, licensing, and MGF. MOB has been a long-time creative force for RuneQuest and Glorantha. His professional writing and editorial credits extend back to the early 1990s when he was associate editor of the Glorantha magazine Tales of the Reaching Moon. The 1992 RuneQuest release Sun County, which he wrote working with editor Ken "The Rune Czar" Rolston, kicked off what became known as the "RQ Renaissance".
In mid-2014 MOB returned to Australia after a decade living and working in the Middle East as a university academic, a role that took him to many interesting and exotic locales—for example, his 2013 excursion with fellow Chaosium colleague Andrew to locate the fabled Lost City of Ubar (unsuccessfully, and probably for the best). Other overseas exploits include travelling to Somalia, and appearing on stage with Placido Domingo—not at the same time, mind. He is now based in his home town of Melbourne, and is married Chaosium's board games line editor Susan.
MOB is a member of Chaosium's Board of Directors.