User Profile for Sandy Petersen
Sandy Petersen
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I wrote the first-ever Lovecraft game.
I'm Sandy Petersen, middle-aged balding male game designer. Maybe the best way to organize this is like a resume:

1980-1988 --> Chaosium Inc. (paper game company).
My most famous game from this time was the Call of Cthulhu RPG, but I participated in most supplements and games Chaosium produced in this period. I also contributed significantly to the later editions of Runequest, and was even designer on the Ghostbusters RPG.

1988-1993 --> MicroProse Software
I contributed to the Civilization and Darklands yuk games, and was the design lead on Lightspeed, Hyperspeed, and the late lamented Dr. Floyd's Wacky Windows.

1993-1997 --> id Software
I was part of the team on Doom (among other tasks, I did 20 out of the 27 levels), Doom 2 (17 out of 32 levels), and Quake (8 levels). I did more stuff than level design, but like I said, I was part of a team.

1997-2009 --> Ensemble Studios Inc.
I was lead design on The Rise of Rome expansion pack, the Conquerors expansion pack, and my most recent release was the WarChiefs expansion pack. I was also part of the team for Age of Kings and Age of Empires 3 and Ensemble's very last product Halo Wars. Plus a ton of unreleased and unfinished stuff.

2009 - 2011 --> Guildhall at SMU
Wow I made it into the fleshpots of academia as a college professor. .Anyway for two years I taught graduate students about game design at Southern Methodist University.

2011 - 2012 --> Barking Lizards
This was not an awesome time to return to the commercial realm, the economy being what it is. In the end, the Barking Lizards venture flopped, and though I still have fond memories of the time, and have kept some useful business connections, it is over.

2013 - present --> Petersen Games
In late 2012 I was enticed into going back into the board game field. I thought it was crazy talk at first, and then I guess I went crazy too, because I designed Cthulhu Wars which when I kickstarted it in 2013 was successful far beyond what I deserved. I now have a full-time job as founder of Petersen Games, and now I am a game publisher. We have other products in the pipeline past Cthulhu Wars, and we'll see how far the roller coaster tracks are completed.

I like to play boardgames, roleplaying games, and video games. I have a gaming night once a week at my house in which we stick to paper games. I have four grown-up children, 7 (soon 9) grandchildren, and an elderly mongrel mutt.
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User Details for Sandy Petersen
Registration Date: 2003-08-22
Last Profile Update: 2014-11-13
Last Login: 2016-02-11
Country: flag United States
State: Texas
Town/City: Rockwall
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