You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

James Ohlen Retires From BioWare, Working on Dungeons and Dragons Book

James Ohlen, veteran game designer, is leaving BioWare after 22 years to work on a new venture, according to a tweet from Ohlen himself.

Ohlen was the lead designer and creative director for several notable projects at BioWare and EA, and worked on “Anthem,” “Dragon Age: Origins,” “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,” and others, though he notes that the most fun he had with BioWare was working as a lead designer on “Baldur’s Gate” series and “Neverwinter Nights,” which are both based in the Dungeons and Dragons universe.

Ohlen tweeted that he wants to work on something “a little smaller and more personal” before revealing his new project. He then shared a new Twitter account for Arcanum Worlds, with a tweet revealing the book he is at work on, “Odyssey of the Dragonlords,” the fifth edition of the sourcebook for Dungeons and Dragons, which the tweet simply refers to as “the world’s greatest roleplaying game.”

“I’ve been a D&D fanatic since I was 10 years old and I want to be a part of it again,” Ohlen wrote.

Ohlen is wokring on the book with another former creative director of BioWare, Jesse Sky. Sky worked on the “Star Wars: The Old Republic” MMORPG and subsequent expansion packs for the game, Galactic Strongholds, Shadow of Revan, and Knights of the Fallen Empire.

Ohlen and Sky are working along with a mystery contributor whom the Arcanum Worlds website simply refers to as “a very talented writer” who is also living in Austin, Texas.

More Gaming

  • 'PUBG Mobile' Royale Pass Season 5

    'PUBG Mobile' Royale Pass Season Five Live With New Weapons, Cosmetics

    “PUBG Mobile” is getting a hefty free update on both iOS and Android with Royale Pass Season five. Available now via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the free 0.10.5 update brings new premium outfits as well as a selection of player emotes. The Adventurer Set, Roaring Dragon Set, Dragon Hunter Set, Sky [...]

  • Bungie Hints At Possible 'Destiny' Future

    Bungie Hints at Possible 'Destiny' Future in Weekly Update

    In Bungie’s weekly blog series, franchise director Luke Smith outlined what “Destiny’s” future could look like. Smith discussed some of the game’s short and long-term goals for the future, lining out plans to continue building content promised for the game’s Annual Pass as well as the company’s overall commitment to “Destiny” as a franchise. First, [...]

  • Facebook Logo

    Release of Docs to Reveal How Facebook Made Money Off Children

    Documents related to a 2012 lawsuit against Facebook in which children, sometimes unwittingly, spent their parents’ money on games via the social site will be unsealed, according to a Monday ruling from the United States District Court. The court gave Facebook ten days to file unredacted documents in accordance with the ruling. The 2012 lawsuit [...]

  • 'Prometheus,' 'X-Men' Actors Join Cast of

    'Prometheus,' 'X-Men' Actors Join Cast of Sam Barlow's New Game

    Indie developer Sam Barlow is working on an all-new narrative game and spiritual sequel to 2015’s “Her Story.” Called “Telling Lies,” it will be available later this year. On Friday, Barlow and publisher Annapurna Interactive revealed casting details for its live-action video components. The main cast includes “Prometheus” and “The Invitation” actor Logan Marshall-Green, “X-Men: [...]

  • Fortnite Battle Royale

    Epic Won't Release 'Fortnite' Updates Before Big Tournaments

    “Fortnite” creator Epic Games will no longer release updates for the battle royale title right before big esports tournaments, it said in a blog post on Thursday. This move should give players more time to adjust to major game changes and develop new strategies between competitions. The adjustment period could range from a few days [...]

  • The Circuitous, Disingenuous Nature of Nostalgia

    The Circuitous, Disingenuous Nature of Nostalgia in Video Games

    “They want to turn your past into your future,” writes Jill Lepore in a recent issue of the New Yorker. Lepore was writing about Amazon, Google, and Facebook and their algorithm-driven data machines, but she just as easily could have been writing about video game developers big and small. Three notable releases use our past [...]

  • 'Atlas' Hackers Use Admin's Account to

    'Atlas' Hackers Use Admin's Account to Spawn Planes, Tanks and Whales

    Things got a little weird in the online pirate-themed survival game “Atlas” on Thursday after hackers allegedly compromised an admin’s Steam account and used it to spawn planes, tanks, and whales. “Earlier today, an admin’s Steam account was compromised and used to cause some devastation on our official North American PvP network,” developer Grapeshot Games [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content