Crafty Games was founded in 2005 but its roots date back to 2002, with the release of the award-winning Spycraft RPG (now referred to as Classic Spycraft). Alderac Entertainment Group gave three ambitious lunatics with keyboards and a dream the chance to produce a d20-based espionage roleplaying game and the world was never the same. Blending elegant, balanced rules with thrilling original settings, Spycraft and its many derivatives landed on the gaming scene like a neutron bomb. Sales charts burst into flames, players took to the streets with graffiti campaigns to spread the word, and the designers were pelted with ridiculous gilded awards in the shape of Ursula Andress in that awesome bikini from Dr. No. Well, that last part might be a bit of an exaggeration, but so far no one’s disproved it in a court of law so we’re sticking to the facts as we know them.
Today Crafty Games is responsible for many acclaimed hobby products, including Mistborn: House War and the Mistborn Adventure Game, based on the New York Times best-selling novel series by Brandon Sanderson. The company also makes Little Wizards, a starter RPG designed to introduce kids aged 6 to 10 to the hobby we all know and love.
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Alex Flagg is the co-founder and lead designer at Crafty Games. He has done extensive freelance work in the gaming industry, with over a million published words by companies including Alderac Entertainment Group (Classic Spycraft, Spycraft 2.0, Stargate SG-1), Privateer Press (Iron Kingdoms RPG), Fantasy Flight Games (Dragonstar), Modiphius Entertainment (Achtung! Cthulhu), Riot Games (League of Legends), and many others. When he’s not working (read: rarely), he blogs about Dropzone Commander and Cthulhu Wars for Gamerati. He is also a gigantic 70’s film nerd. He resides in Portland, OR with his wife, son, dog, and thousands of pewter miniatures.
Patrick Kapera is the co-founder and head of board & card game development at Crafty Games, though he also serves as art director, production manager, and the company’s logistics mainframe. He has been a professional content producer and creative manager since 1998 and served as a staff writer, editor, developer, and brand manager for Alderac Entertainment Group, Inc. until 2005. During that time he co-created the award-winning Classic Spycraft RPG with Kevin Wilson, scripted many products and stories for Legend of the Five Rings and 7th Sea, and lead the creative teams for Legend of the Burning Sands, Doomtown, and of course Spycraft. He’s since worked on many high-profile games, including League of Legends, Planet Mercenary, Battlestar Galactica, and Stargate SG-1. His mind wanders but he’s filed a missing persons report and he hopes that someday it will return.