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Raph Koster

Advisor Greater San Diego Area, US

Independent designer and consultant. Ex Disney, Sony, EA.

Independent designer and consultant. Ex Disney, Sony, EA.

4 vouches

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Independent designer and consultant Home April 2013 - present
VP of Creative Design Playdom July 2010 - March 2013
President Metaplace, Inc. July 2006 - July 2010
Chief Creative Officer Sony Online Entertainment June 2003 - June 2006
Creative Director Sony Online Entertainment June 2000 - June 2003
Lead designer Origin September 1995 - June 2000


University of Alabama Creative Writing September 1992 - May 1995
Washington College English, Spanish 1989 - 1992

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Markets of Interest
  • • Games

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Named an Online Game Legend by the Game Developers Conference.

Award-winning game designer of ULTIMA ONLINE, STAR WARS GALAXIES, METAPLACE.

Author of A THEORY OF FUN FOR GAME DESIGN, a book foundational to game design, gamification, and art games.

Inventor on multiple technical patents.

Founded a startup and sold to Playdom/Disney.

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Seamus Blackley
Author, Physicist, CEO.
Ralph is both a legend and a very savvy businessman.
Robert Huebner
Gaming entrepreneur with dual technology/product background. Early multiplayer gaming pioneer; Blizzard, LucasArts, Kixeye, GDC Advisor.
Deep knowledge of MMO back to the origins of the genre. Great writer and a visionary in games.
Geoffrey Zatkin
Founder, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR). Previously Creative Director, Xtreme Strategy Games.
Brad Craig
Advisor, Gaming Business Review and Advisor, PC Gaming Alliance.
Raph is an amazing talented and creative person. He helped shape SOE, and Playdom. He author of "A Theory of Fun" virtual community expert. ... He's well liked and respected by everyone, one of the stars in San Diego.