Spotlight | Black History Month in Games
Black History Month is not only a time for somber reflection on the adversity of African Americans throughout history, but also for celebration of the great accomplishments and successes of the black community. As we progress as a nation, we strive to lift up these voices and perspectives.
In honor of this wonderful month, Twenty Sided Store would like to highlight five game designers and their amazing contributions to the gaming industry.
Eric M. Lang
Eric M. Lang is a Canadian game designer and currently acts as the Director of Game Design at Cool Mini Or Not (CMON). He has also worked for Fantasy Flight Games and WizKids and won the Diana Jones “excellence in gaming” Award in 2016.
- Rising Sun
- Blood Rage
- A Game of Thrones LCG
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Damon Stone has always had a knack for trading card games and served as a lead designer in Fantasy Flight Games Living Card Games, eventually working on many of the games he had long been a fan of, such as Android Netrunner and the Game of Thrones LCG.
Eloy Lasanta began his career in gaming as a content creator for the White Wolf webzine fan site, worked for Exile Game Studio and Heroic Journey Publishing, and went on to found Third Eye Games. He now runs Third Eye Games where he has published multiple roleplaying games, and hosts his own podcast about working in the gaming industry, Rolling 20s.
Mike Pondsmith is a game designer who has dedicated most of his career to the creation of roleplaying games. He has contributed to the creation three two-player sci-fi board games but the bulk of his work comes from the development of RPG lines for R. Talsorian Games. Mike Pondsmith has also contributed to the Dungeons and Dragons line as well as the Star Wars Roleplaying Game released by West End Games.
Allen Turner is a professor of game design at DePaul University who has collaborated on tabletop and video games. He is currently the owner of and designer at Council of Fools LLC, where he published his award-winning RPG, Ehdrigohr.
Written by Johnni Medina