(full name L. Richard Baker III
) is an American author
and a game designer
who has worked on many Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings
Early life, education, and military
Rich Baker was born and raised in Florida
, then moved with his family to New Jersey
at age ten. Baker graduated from Virginia Tech
in 1988 with a degree in English. He received a commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, and served as a deck officer for three years on board the USS Tortuga
; he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer
and was a lieutenant (junior grade) by the time he left the Navy.
Baker began looking for a new career, and found one at TSR
. "I'd been playing the AD&D
game off and on since 1979. When I decided to leave the Navy, I sent TSR my résumé just for the pure hell of it. TSR sent me back a writing test, which I must have done pretty well on, since they brought me out for an interview in September of 1991. I'd never published a word before then or even worked the convention circuit, but they hired me anyway."
Since joining TSR in 1991, Rich has worked on most of TSR's product lines at one point or another. By 1998, he had published over thirty game products and many magazine... Read More