Monday, April 19, 2021

Who wrote the Fiend Folio? L-M


This batch features the most prolific contributor to the Fiend Folio, Ian Livingstone.




Author Notes


Lawrence, Julian


Doombat, Frost man

Has an NPC write-up in White Dwarf #19.


Livingstone, Ian


Assassin bug, Blood hawk, Bloodworm (giant), Bonesnapper, Crabman, Devil (styx), Dune stalker, Eyekiller, Forlarren, Grell, Hook horror, Mite, Phantom stalker, Throat leech, Troll (giant)

Co-founder of Games Workshop and White Dwarf magazine. Author of Dicing with Dragons and many Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. Numerous credits in magazines White Dwarf, Games International, Warlock.


Later went into the video game industry, particularly upper management of Eidos Interactive, where he shepherded franchises like Tomb Raider and Hitman.


A Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. No foolin’. I suspect this guy is a Tory.


Lockwood, Dean and P.S. Barton



Dean Lockwood contributed to one issue of Trollcrusher.

No further info on P.S. Barton.


Louth, Nick


Hornet (giant), Kamadan, Magnesium spirit, Urchin [x5]

No further info available, unless he’s the same Nick Louth that writes crime thrillers.


MacDonald, Michael


Son of Kyuss

This guy has a bunch of designer credits for Mekton and Cyberpunk 2020. Other credits include Dream Park, Castle Falkenstein, Call of Cthulhu, Talislanta, and Teenagers from Outer Space. Articles in two issues of Vortext magazine.


MacDonald, Oliver Charles


Cifal, Troll (giant two-headed)

A.k.a. Oliver MacDonald, O.C. MacDonald. Numerous contributions to White Dwarf and Alarums & Excursions.


Martelli, Alessandro



Alarums & Excursions contributor.


Masters, Philip


Iron cobra, Jaculi, Lamia noble, Screaming devilkin

A.k.a. Phil Masters, a GURPS powerhouse with HERO System credits and a few other things here and there. His numerous magazine credits include Adventurer’s Club, Arcane, Dragon, White Dwarf, Interactive Fantasy, The Excellent Prismatic Spray, Journal of the Travellers’ Aid Society, Alarums & Excursions, The Last Province, Pyramid, Roleplayer, Sabledrake webzine, Valkyrie, Shadis, and Visions. Dang.    


McDonagh, Michael


Fire snake

No further info available.

McDowall, Ian and Douglas Naismith



For Ian McDowall, see next entry.

No further info on Douglas Naismith.


McDowell, Ian


Dakon, Guardian daemon

Fiction piece in Ares #1.

Mendham, Trevor


Guardian familiar “Trevor has invented many games over the years, most of which were seen only by a few friends and are now lost to history. Whether this is a blessing or a curse for the gaming world is an open question.” Published 3 issues of a magazine called Play It! In 1985. Credits in the periodicals The Beholder, Casus Belli, Chimaera, Imagine, Shire Talk, The Stormlord, and White Dwarf.

Moldvay, Tom


Astral Searcher, Protein polymorph, Retriever

My dude.

Morgan, Nigel


Skeleton warrior

No further info available.

Morris, Graeme


Hoar fox

A big part of TSR UK. Designer credits on modules including UK1-UK5, the classic B10 Night’s Dark Terror, and the super-rare Up the Garden Path, among other things. Credits in periodicals include Imagine, the Fantasy Worlds newsletter, and the [D&D] Players Association News.

Morris, J.D.


Flind, Norker

No further info available.

Musson, Roger


Achaierai, Al-mi’raj, Blindheim, Crypt thing, Disenchanter, Firetoad, Nilbog, Sandman, Scarecrow, Shocker, Symbiotic jelly

Articles in White Dwarf, Imagine, the wargame magazine Phoenix, [D&D] Players Association News.

Muth, Simon


Dark stalker, Skulk, Vortex

One article in the early UK zone Chimaera.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Who wrote the Fiend Folio? F-K

Continuing to investigate the people who created the monsters in the best monster book.




Author Notes

Ferguson, Mike


Algoid, Ice lizard, Tiger fly, Trilloch, Vision

Publisher and editor of early UK fanzine Illusionist’s Vision. A couple Traveller articles in early White Dwarf. Many credits in various rpg product lines: d20, Pathfinder, BRP, Rifts, WFRP 2e, DCC.

Fiore, Albie


Berbalang, Carbuncle, Caterwaul, Dragonfish, Firenewt, Giant strider, Grimlock, Quipper, Sussurus, Vodyanoi, Yellow Musk Creeper, Zombie (yellow musk)

From “Albie Fiore (c. 1946 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex - July 28, 2009) was a London game designer who was a long-standing editor of the regular Fiend Factory column in the Games Workshop Ltd. magazine White Dwarf, the editor of the magazine Games & Puzzles, and a compiler of the London Guardian's cryptic crossword. He co-authored the book Rubik's Puzzles and was known for composing puzzles and crosswords. He also worked as a contributor to the television show The Crystal Maze, a writer and researcher of children's comic characters such as Scooby Doo, an antiques dealer specializing in slot machines, and a chef on private yachts...

He died at age 63 from complications from a lung tumor.”

Also one of the designers of the Judge Dredd rpg and codesigner the Games Workshop ‘dungeon planners’ Caverns of the Dead and Nightmare in Blackmarsh.

Goodwin, Jeremy and Ian McDowell



Jeremy Goodwin has several contributions to the zine Trollcrusher. Illustrator for module O2: Blade of Vengeance. UPDATE: Commenters have suggested that Jeremy Goodwin is the same person as Jes/Jez Goodwin, who illustrated CM6 When Chaos Reigns and has done art for Warhammer 40K.

Ian McDowell will get his own entry in a later installment.

Graver, Trevor


Galltrit, Needleman

Multiple articles in the UK Traveller zines Dark Star and Alien Star. Some White Dwarf articles. One piece in the zine Illusionist’s Vision. An adventure in issue #10 of Journal of the Traveller’s Aid Society.

Gygax, Gary


Booka, Demon (Lolth), Elf (drow), Jermlaine, Killmoulis, Kuo-toa, Mezzodaemon, Nycadaemon, Svirfneblin

Never heard of him.

Gygax, Luke and Gary Gygax



Luke is co-author of a variety of D&D/AD&D/Castles & Crusades adventures, probably most notably The Lost City of Gaxmoor. He also was one of the designers of the classic Gamma World adventure GW1: Legion of Gold along with his dad and Paul Reiche III.

Hall, Ronald



Inventor of two AD&D oddities: the Attack Priority System (Dragon #71), the land dragons (Dragon #74).

Hellman, Stephen


Pĕnanggalan, Revenant

No further info available.

Hitchcock, Cricky


Gorilla bear, Xvart

Desert Raider, another monster in White Dwarf #12.

Home, Stephen


Lizard king

No further info available.

Jackson, Dermot


Bunyip, Meazel

No further info available.

Jones, Jonathan


Garbug, Volt, Witherstench

No further info available.

Kernohan, Hugh


Eye of fear and flame

Articles in early Scottish zine Underworld Oracle.

Key, Andrew


Gorbel, Imorph

Contributed to an issue of UK zine Demonsblood.

Korabik, Peter



No further info available.

RIP Albie Fiore