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"I doubt I’ll ever win any prestigious literary awards for my work, but I’m okay with that."
―Drew Karpyshyn[src]

Drew Karpyshyn[3] is a Canadian author and game designer. After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer. He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur's Gate series, and wrote the tie-in novel for Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

This Star Wars connection gave him the opportunity to write Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Darth Bane: Rule of Two, and Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil, his first hardcovers. During his time with BioWare, Karpyshyn was the lead writer for both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.

He worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic[4] and wrote two novels set in the same era called The Old Republic: Revan, and The Old Republic: Annihilation. Karpyshyn left BioWare in February, 2012 to work on other projects.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Drew Karpyshyn was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 28, 1971. He grew up in the Northern suburb of St. Albert.[1] As a child, he was a big fan of Star Wars. Between the ages of 8 and 12, Karpyshyn dressed up as a Jawa for Halloween. When his friend told him Darth Vader was Luke's father, he was wholly unconvinced.[5]

As an adult, Karpyshyn worked in a variety of jobs, eventually finding work as a loan officer for his local credit union. During this time, he received emotional and financial support from his wife Jennifer. [6] On one fateful day, a car accident cost him his means of transportation. With no vehicle with which to commute, he decided to leave the financial industry and return to college, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts.[7] On March 7, 2000, he was a contestant on the popular game show Jeopardy! Despite a strong early lead and a correct answer in Final Jeopardy, he lost.[8]

CareerEdit

In the Spring of 2000, Karpyshyn joined BioWare Corp., an Edmonton-based video game developer.[7] He was able to make minor contributions to Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, before it was released later that year. He was one of several designers for the 2001 expansion pack, Throne of Bhaal. He also wrote the novelization of the game, published in September 2001. Karpyshyn acknowledges that the novel did not live up to its potential; he attributes this to problems in editing and the inherent difficulties of writing a direct adaptation of an open-ended video game.[2] September also saw the release of Temple Hill, another Forgotten Realms novel that he had written earlier.

Karpyshyn was a designer for the critically acclaimed Neverwinter Nights computer game, released in June 2002. He also worked on the expansion pack, Hordes of the Underdark, which was released the following year. Also in 2003, Karpyshyn published his first short story in Paradox magazine. "Paradise Lost" is a new take on the Biblical story of Adam and Eve.[9]

On July 15 2003, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was released on the Xbox. Karpyshyn was the lead writer and one of seven members of the core design team. Development of the game began around December of 2000, and it was first unveiled at the 2001 Electronic Entertainment Expo.[10] Knights of the Old Republic received a great deal of praise and awards.[11] According to Karpyshyn, the game "let me get my foot in the door with LucasArts," eventually leading to his career as a Star Wars novelist.[12]

In 2003 or 2004, his short story "Feast of the Gods" was included in Open Space: New Canadian Fantastic Fiction, edited by Claude Lalumière.[13] "Feast of the Gods" is a humorous tale about Quetzalcoatl and the other Aztec gods.[14]

BioWare's next project, Jade Empire, was published on April 12, 2005, a year and a half after it was announced. Karpyshyn was one of 5 writers, but he was not one of the 3 lead writers. The year after that, he published "It’s a Living," another short story. [15] More significantly, he published his first Star Wars novel, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. It was also his first hardcover book. In 2007, he quickly wrote a sequel, Darth Bane: Rule of Two, and recently published the third book in the series, Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil. He also saw the release of the acclaimed Mass Effect game.

WorksEdit

Star WarsEdit

Year Title Medium Role
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Game Senior Writer, Core Game Design, Manual Writer
2006 Heritage of the Sith Magazine article Author
2006 Darth Bane: Path of Destruction Novel Author
2007 Darth Bane: Rule of Two Novel Author
2009 Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil Novel Author
2011 The Old Republic: Revan Novel Author
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Game Writer
2012 The Old Republic: Annihilation Novel Author

OtherEdit

Year Title Medium Role
2000 Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Game Additional Design, Manual Writing / Editing
2001 Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Game Designer
2001 Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Novel Author
2001 Temple Hill Novel Author
2002 Neverwinter Nights Game Core Design Team
2003 Paradise Lost Short story Author
2003 Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark Game Designer
2004[13] Feast of the Gods Short story Author
2005 Jade Empire Game Writer
2006 It’s a Living Short story Author
2007 Mass Effect: Revelation Novel Author
2007 Mass Effect Game Lead writer
2008 Mass Effect: Ascension[16] Novel Author
2010 Mass Effect 2[17] Game Author
2010 Mass Effect: Retribution Novel Author

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Karpyshyn, Drew. Drew Karpyshyn Creative Works: Bio. Retrieved on August 17, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Karpyshyn, Drew. Drew Karpyshyn Creative Works: F.A.Q.. Retrieved on August 17, 2007.
  3. Pronounced Kar-pish-in
  4. February 24: Drew Karpyshyn joins SWTOR team.
  5. Karpyshyn, Drew (March 13, 2007). Confessions of a fan-boy. Star Wars: Blogs. Retrieved on August 21, 2007.
  6. Drew Karpyshyn. Fantasylibrary.net. Retrieved on August 21, 2007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Drew Karpyshyn. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on August 21, 2007.
  8. Show #3577 - Tuesday, March 7, 2000. J! Archive (March 7, 2000). Retrieved on August 21, 2007.
  9. Silver, Steven H (2003-06-12). Paradox, #2, Summer 2003. Tangent. Retrieved on February 16, 2008.
  10. Ajami, Amer (2001-05-18). E3 2001: LucasArts unveils BioWare RPG. GameSpot. Retrieved on September 3, 2007.
  11. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Awards. BioWare. Retrieved on September 3, 2007.
  12. Karpyshyn, Drew. Drew Karpyshyn Creative Works: Games. Retrieved on September 3, 2007.
  13. 13.0 13.1 The publication date for Open Space is unclear. Online references list it as anywhere from August 2003 to February 2004. Karpyshyn's personal site says it was published in early 2004.
  14. Silver, Steven H. OPEN SPACE. Retrieved on February 16, 2008.
  15. Karpyshyn, Drew. Short Stories. Retrieved on February 15, 2008.
  16. Karpyshyn, Drew (January 12, 2008). Rule of Two - reaction and response. Star Wars: Blogs. Retrieved on January 13, 2008.
  17. Karpyshyn, Drew. Drew Karpyshyn Creative Works: F.A.Q.. Retrieved on March 7, 2008.

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