James Desborough (game designer)

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James Desborough
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James Desborough
Nationality British
Other names Grim
Occupation Game designer, author, blogger

James "Grim" Desborough is a British game designer, author and blogger who has worked primarily on role-playing games, as well as card games, board games and social computer games.


James Desborough wrote The Munchkin's Guide to Powergaming in 2000/2001,[1] winning an Origins Award for that work along with his co-author Steve Mortimer.[2] Desborough was the co-author of CS1: Cannibal Sector One and for a short time he was the SLA Industries line editor.[3] Desborough is also the owner of Postmortem Studios.[3] Due to Desborough's connections with Angus Abranson, Postmortem Studios was one of Cubicle 7's early partnerships.[3] He later became creative director at Chronicle City, Abranson's new venture.[4]

Desborough's work was included in Red Phone Box,[5] and in The Mammoth Book of Erotic Romance and Domination.[6] He also self-publishes.

His D&D design work includes Monster Manual V (2007) and City of Stormreach (2008).


Desborough has been quoted or used as a pundit on men's issues in various places, including The Stream on Al Jazeera.[7] Some of Desborough's work has been criticised for being "hateful, violent and misogynistic", leading critics to petition game companies to drop his work.[8][9]


  1. The Munchkin's Guide to Powergaming: ISBN 1-55634-347-7
  2. GAMA Origins Awards 2000
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 430. ISBN 978-1-907702- 58-7. 
  4. Geek Native
  5. Ghostwoods Books
  6. ISBN 0762452250
  7. Through Men's Eyes
  8. GeekNative Interview
  9. Chronicle City appoints “Grim” James Desborough

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