Monte Cook

Monte Cook ( born January 29, 1968 in Watertown (South Dakota) ) is an American author of roleplaying game products, especially in the environment of the system Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated D & D). His last project (since May 2009) is a website that has a daily growing mega dungeon.

CV in the gaming industry

Monte Cook's career began in 1988 at Iron Crown Enterprises. There he worked in the Games Rolemaster and Champions as an editor, developer and designer. In 1994, Monte Cook as game designers to Tactical Studies Rules ( TSR short ) and wrote to Planescape and the first D & D products. As a TSR by Wizards of the Coast ( WotC short ) was bought, he moved to the Seattle area and eventually became Senior Game Designer at WotC. There he served as a co-author of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game (together with Skip Williams, and Jonathan Tweet as main author ) of the third edition and has been registered to the authors of the Dungeon Master 's Guide. In 2001 he left WotC to share with his wife Sue to open his own design studio Malhavoc Press. 2011 returned again back to Wizards of the Coast and was introduced in January 2012 as the lead designer for the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. But already in April 2012, left the company for Cook unüberbückbarer differences with management.

Also in 2012 developed the concept of a Cook 's RPG world called Numenera. He presented the concept to the crowdfunding platform, asking for a financing of at least U.S. $ 20,000. Ultimately, Cook received $ 517,000 for his concept. The game world was formed in consequence of the basis for the computer game project of the U.S. developer inXile Entertainment and idellen successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera where Cook is involved as the author himself.

Work (selection)

Monte Cook has worked in his career at over 100 game titles. Some of the best known of these are, for example, Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, The Book of Eldritch Might series, the d20 Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game ( as a freelancer for WotC ), the Book of Vile Darkness, Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved, Ptolusund Monte Cook's World of Darkness. He also worked as a regular author of the Dungeon Craft column of Dungeon Magazine.

  • Dungeons & Dragons / principles / 3 Monster Manual, 2004
  • Dungeons & Dragons / principles / 2 Gamemaster Handbook, 2004
  • Dungeons & Dragons / principles / 3 Monster Set, 2003
  • Dungeons & Dragons / principles / 2 game master set, 2002


He was several times with the ENnies Awards, the Pen & Paper fan awards, the Nigel D. Findley Memorial Award, honored the Origins Awards and other awards.

References as an author

As a graduate of the Clarion West writer's workshop, Monte has published two novels,

  • The Glass Prison and
  • Of Aged Angels.

He also published several short stories such as Born in Secrets ( in the magazine Amazing Stories ), The Rose ( in the anthology Realms of Mystery ) and A Narrowed Gaze ( in the anthology Realms of the Arcane ). His stories appeared in the Malhavoc Press anthologies Children of the Rune and The Dragons ' Return and its products as a comic book author found in the Ptolus: City by the Spire series from DBPro / Marvel. His series Saga of the Blade was printed in Game Trade Magazine between 2005 and 2006.