Dave Morris (1957 - ) was the author of Books 1, 2, 4 and 6 in the Dragon Warriors gamebook series and is hence credited with much of the dice-based game-system and rules in the role-playing game.
StyleAs creator of the Dragon Warriors game system, Dave is to be praised for the relative simplicity compared to the dice-heavy and rules-heavy game systems (by comparison) of games like Dungeons & Dragons.
- Prior to the publication of Dragon Warriors - in the mid-eighties - Dave authored several Golden Dragon gamebooks, from which locations and concepts would later re-emerge within the Dragon Warriors gamebooks and the Lands of Legend. One of the Golden Dragon gamebooks - The Temple of Flame - was co-authored with Oliver Johnson.
- In the late 1980's - it is not known whether it was before or after Dragon Warriors was published - Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson also co-authored another set of gamebooks set in the Lands of Legend, called Bloodsword. Geoff Wingate and Russ Nicholson contributed also, as they had in illustrating some of the Dragon Warriors gamebooks. The Bloodsword gamebooks featured just four adventuring professions: Enchanter, Sage, Warrior and Trickster (i.e. thief). He also wrote in the late 1980s the Chronicles of the Magi novels set, largely, in the lands of Krarth.
- Dave is also known for co-writing the Fabled Lands gamebooks (1995-1996) with Jamie Thomson, which offered a revolutionary take on the solo adventure gamebook genre - the ability to journey at will within a planned series of twelve interlinked gamebooks that span a single fantasy world.
- Many other RPG articles, rules and supplements are attributable to Dave, perhaps most notably those within the Eye of All-Seeing Wonder (1992-1996) - a Tekumel journal - which includes an RPG ruleset for the Tekumel game world. He has also published articles within White Dwarf Magazine, and written an unpublished Warhammer supplement; Tetsubo.
- Numerous other novels and gamebooks have been written by Dave, including titles in the following series; The Transformers (1985-1987), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Knightmare (1991-1994), HeroQuest (1991-1993), Virtual Reality (1993-1994), James Bond Jnr (1993), Reboot Adventure Games (1996) and The Bill (1997).
- Dave is a top-selling author and game designer. He has worked as a freelance consultant for several leading international developers and publishers, including Eidos Interactive. His realtime strategy game, Warrior Kings, was published in 2000.
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- Dave has produced the paperback The Art of Game Worlds (2004).
- An Amazon review of Dave Morris' The Art of Game Worlds stated:
"Dave Morris is a prolific author of fantasy gaming books and the creator of the acclaimed real-time strategy PC game Warrior Kings. He has worked in both the videogame and TV industry. "
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- The following article at PeachPit says of Dave Morris:
"Dave Morris holds a M.A. in Physics from Oxford University and has worked as a best-selling author and game designer for 15 years. Specifically, he's worked on the following well-known games: Warrior Kings, London Racer 2, Knight Rider, and Knife Edge"
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