Nigel Findley

Nigel D. Findley (July 22, 1959 – February 19, 1995) was a game designer, editor, and an author of science fiction and fantasy novels and role-playing games (RPGs).


Nigel Findley was born in Venezuela, in 1959. Findley was raised in Spain, Nigeria, the United States, and England before his family settled in Vancouver in 1969.

He got his start as a role-playing game author in the mid 1980s during his business career. By 1990 he had become a full-time writer, and had authored or coauthored over one hundred books, including twelve novels, before his death. He wrote for most game companies in the industry, including TSR, but is perhaps best known for his game products and fiction for FASA's Shadowrun game. Findley's adventure The Universal Brotherhood (1990) for Shadowrun was well-received. He got his start writing for Dungeons & Dragons, and won a 1992 Origins Award for GURPS Illuminati. In 1995 he was inducted into the Origins Awards Hall of Fame.

His body of work also included supplements for Mayfair's Roleaids line, Wizards of the Coast's The Primal Order, West End Games, and White Wolf Publishing. He is credited with parts of the design of Greyhawk Adventures and Fate of Istus, and wrote the whole of Greyspace. He was also part of the original core of Shadowrun RPG writers and designers, and has sole writing credit on both sourcebooks and Shadowrun world novels.

He authored the (non-canonical) "Virtual Worlds" novel No Limits which is a BattleTech crossover novel, though it is not recognized as canonical for the BattleTech universe.

Findley died suddenly on February 19, 1995, at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. He suffered a heart attack at the age of 35.


The Nigel D. Findley Memorial Award was awarded for best role-playing product of the year between 1995 and 2001. The first winner of the award was the Castle Falkenstein role-playing game, while the last documented winner was The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game.[1]


Advanced Dungeons & Dragons[edit]

  • Dragon magazine
    • "The Ecology of the Peryton" (February 1984, Dragon issue #82)
    • "The Ecology of the Will-o-Wisp" (July 1985, Dragon issue #99)
    • "The Ecology of the Greenhag" (September 1987, Dragon issue #125)
    • "The Ecology of the Gibbering Mouther" (August 1990, Dragon issue #160)
    • "The Mind of the Vampire" (October 1990, Dragon issue #162)
    • "Picture This!" (March 1992, Dragon issue 179)
  • Dungeon magazine
    • "Caermor" (November 1986, Dungeon issue 2)
    • "Nightshade" (September 1987, Dungeon issue 7)
    • "Light of Lost Souls" (July 1988, Dungeon issue 12)
    • "A Question of Balance" (November 1988, Dungeon issue 14)
    • "Necropolis" (March 1989, Dungeon issue 16)
    • "The Serpent's Tooth" (September 1989, Dungeon issue 19)
    • "White Fang" (November 1989, Dungeon issue 20)
  • All game worlds
  • Forgotten Realms
  • Greyhawk
  • Lankhmar
  • Ravenloft
  • Spelljammer


Other RPGs[edit]

    • Illuminati (1992 sourcebook, ISBN 1-55634-223-3)
    • "Playing With Your Mind, Secret Knowledge from GURPS Illuminati" (April 1992, Roleplayer issue 28)
    • Supporting Cast (1993 sourcebook, ISBN 1-55634-267-5) with Fraser Cain
    • Warehouse 23 (1997 sourcebook, ISBN 1-55634-328-0) Additional Material
  • Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game
    • Planet of the Mists (1992 adventure, ISBN 0-87431-122-5)
    • Goroth: Slave of the Empire (1995 supplement, ISBN 0-87431-250-7)
    • "Forbidden Fruit" (Summer 1995, Adventures Unlimited, issue #2)



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