Tom Dowd (game designer)

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Tom Dowd
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Occupation Game designer

Thomas A. Dowd is a game designer who has worked primarily on role-playing games.



Thomas Dowd was one of the writers who supported Fantasy Games Unlimited's role-playing game, Villains and Vigilantes . [1] :75 The Shadowrun 2nd Edition rules from FASA, by Dowd with Paul Hume and Bob Charrette, won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Rules of 1992. [2] In 1990, Dowd met Peter Adkison, who was trying to figure out how the gaming industry worked, and Dowd told Adkison to go to the Gama Trade Show. [1] :276 After Jonathan Tweet left White Wolf Publishing for Lion Rampant, Mark Rein-Hagen turned to Dowd for his new game about vampires. [1] :217 Dowd refined the dice pool system from Shadowrun for White Wolf's Vampire: The Masquerade (1991). [1] :123 Dowd worked with Rein-Hagen to adapt the core mechanics from his previous game success to use d10 instead of d6 for calculating probability. [3]

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