Buckeye Game Fest welcomes Richard Launius!
Richard Launius spent the majority of his professional career working in various executive positions within the AT&T Advertising & Publishing line of business, retiring as an Executive Director after 32 years of service. After retirement he now dedicates his full attention to designing games through his company King Richard LLC. Richard was active in various forms of design even during his career with AT&T. Leaning strongly on his Fine Arts degree, in 1981 Richard designed the uniform the Chicago White Sox wore from 1982 – 1986. Over the years Richard has written published scenarios for the role-playing game Call of Cthulhu, and worked on several computer game designs in the late 1980’s and early 1990s. These computer designs included Scavengers of the Mutant World and Star Legions, the 3rd game of the Star Fleet series.
In 1986, Richard’s original Arkham Horror board game design won the Origins HG Wells Best Science Fiction Board Game Award. In 2005 Richard teamed up with Kevin Wilson to redesign the Fantasy Flight Games publication of Arkham Horror, and worked with Kevin and Fantasy Flight Games on several expansions. Since then Richard has gone on to publish the epic fantasy cooperative game Defenders of the Realm with Eagle Games, as well as the Dragon and 3 Heroes expansions. Richard and Kevin Wilson teamed up again to design Elder Sign, another cooperative adventure game set in the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft published by FFG. Also among Richard’s more recent publications are; Season of the Witch, and expansion adventure for Mansions of Madness by FFG, and Dragon Rampage, a competitive fantasy game by Eagle Games. Other games in process of publication include Ace Detective, a story-telling game of Detective Noir in the 1940s from 8th Summit Games, Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields, a strategic competitive fantasy battle game from Eagle Games, Pirates VS Dinosaurs, a swashbuckling adventure game from Jolly Rogers Games, and Run, Fight, or Die! a zombie dice game from Lock N Load to name a few.
Richard and Carolyn, his wife of 35 years, live in the Atlanta Georgia area. They have three children and 3 grandchildren they enjoy spending time with.