I'm Ken St. Andre--And You're Not!

and why would you want to be?

Hey, it's an another update!. I haven't updated this page since March 11. 2012, but today is actually January 21, 2013.

To get this web page started, I'd like to say a few words about who I am. My name is Ken(neth Eugene) St. Andre. I was born April 28, 1947 in Ogden, Utah, but have lived my entire life, not counting a few months in far-flung locations like Hawaii and Massachussetts, in Phoenix, Arizona. I retired from my day job as a librarian for the Phoenis Public Library system in August 2010, and I let my SFWA membership lapse in July 2011.

Although no longer a member of SFWA, I still have the highest respect and regard for that group. I sometimes write things. I was in that organization for so long now, that I forget why they let me in. I think it was Mike Stackpole's fault. I believe we got in for the Wasteland computer game back in 1988, establishing a new precedent for what was considered to be published SF. In truth, Wasteland made me more money as an SF author than anything else I ever wrote.

My real claim to fame comes from having created TUNNELS AND TROLLS way back in 1975. Although it came out several months after the original Dungeons and Dragons, it was the first role-playing game in the U.S. to actually bear a copyright notice. The revised seventh edition is now out, called Tunnels and Trolls 7.5. (That's a joke. There was a Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and a Tunnels and Trolls 5.5 also.) We skipped the 6th edition as unlucky. (Various pirate 6th editions exist, however.) Currently I am working with Liz Danforth, Steven S. Crompton, Rick Loomis and James "Bear" Peters on a new edition of T & T to be financed by a Kickstarter project. It has already funded, and we are hard at work on it. Check it out at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/994700393/deluxe-tunnels-and-trolls

I am writing things all the time, mostly material related to Tunnels and Trolls the roleplaying game. I also wrote/created/designed or helped write/create/design the games Stormbringer, Monsters! Monsters!, and Wasteland. All of those other games are pretty much defunct now, but because I never gave up on or quit promoting Tunnels and Trolls, that game is going stronger than ever. I actually have 3 short fantasy novels published, all of which are set in the Tunnels and Trolls game world. They are:
Dragon Child
Griffin Feathers
Rose of Stormgaard

Rose just came out in October of 2012 and is available at Amazon,com

I have started my own imprint called TROLLHALLA PRESS, but it is still in association with FLYING BUFFALO INC. Most of the material I am publishing now appears for sale at http://drivethrurpg.com and similar places around the web. I do have some material available for the Kindle on Amazon.

Much to my satisfaction, I am still alive. I am at this time 65 and 9/12 years young. I have changed my lifestyle, and am actually healthier, stronger, and lighter now than I was last time I updated this page. Divorce proceedings are in progress with my wife Catherine and we should be completely separated before my next birthday rolls around. This is a significant change in my life, so please get it right, Wikipedia.

I have my own personal club for T & T fans--Trollhalla. If you'd like to find out about it, or possibly join, go to Trollhalla.com. This is for hardcore gamers and fantasy game addicts only.

I find myself among the senior surviving rpg designers in this country. With the recent deaths of Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax, there is no one I can think of who's a rpg designer that has lasted longer than me. However, there are quite a few people who have been in gaming just as long or longer and whose first games aren't that much later than mine. The old generation of rpg game designers is still going strong.

I am active on Twitter where my handle is @Trollgodfather. You can also find me on Facebook and Google Circles by searching for Ken St. Andre. I attend several major gaming conventions during the year, so look for me at Origins or GenCon if you get there. The publishing world is changing--I believe the old standard of not self-publishing has to go away as a criteria for being considered a professional author--perhaps a new standard strictly based on earning a certain amount of money from one's writings could replace it.

This is version 9, created on January 21, 2013.

--I=====> Ken
You can reach me by e-mail at: kenstandre@yahoo.com