Columbia College Chicago

Interactive Arts and Media

Tom Dowd

Assoc Dean

Associate Professor

33 E Congress, Rm 600B
Phone: (312) 369-8221
Email: tdowd@colum.edu

Biography

Tom Dowd is a 30-year veteran of the game design business, having been first published while still in high school. He is one of the co-creators of the award-winning Shadowrun role-playing game, as well as writer/contributor to Vampire: the Masquerade, other role-playing titles, two novels, and multiple short stories. He was a line developer at FASA Corporation, supervising the Shadowrun game line, as well as contributing to BattleTech, and EarthDawn. He joined the Microprose-FASA Corp joint venture FASA Interactive in the mid-90’s where he was senior designer on the RTS computer game MechCommander. In 1999 he was the lead designed on the Xbox/Xbox-Live million+ selling release, MechAssault. His other computer game credits include Shadowrun games for the NES and Sega consoles, the MechWarrior 2, and MechWarrior 3 game series, Axis & Allies: Iron Blitz, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, and DuelMasters. He was the lead of Skotos Tech’s online multiplayer text-based social/rpg game Castle Marrach, helped run the 50-person theatre-style Gateway Chronicles LARP in Chicago for nearly ten years, and is the co-author of the transmedia storytelling book Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers. He is current associate professor and Associate Chair of the Interactive Arts and Media Department of Columbia College Chicago where he develops curriculum and teaches game design and production, as well as cross-media storytelling and game journalism.

Teaching Interests

Game Design, Game Production and Project Management, Narrative Design, Interactive Narrative, Crossmedia Storytelling

Research Interests

Game Design, Game Production and Project Management, Narrative Design, Interactive Narrative, Crossmedia Storytelling

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