Tracy and Laura Hickman have been creating games and stories professionally for over thirty years...
You know us from our work ... creators of Dragonlance, the original Ravenloft and Pharaoh as well as being an International and NYT Best-selling author and creator of stories known around the world. Now we're excited to bring together both our passion for story and for games in a unique and ground-breaking game.
Tracy Hickman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 26, 1955. He graduated from Provo High School in 1974, where his major interests were in drama, music, and Air Force JROTC. In 1975, Hickman began two years of service as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His initial posting was for six months in Hawaii before his visa was approved, and he moved on to Indonesia. There, he served as a missionary in Surabaya, Djakarta, and the mountain city of Bandung before leaving in 1977.
Hickman returned to marry his high school sweetheart, Laura Curtis, in 1977, within four months of his return to the United States. They are the parents of four children: Angel, Curtis, Tasha, and Jarod. Laura Hickman was the inspiration for Lauranlanthalasa (Laurana) Kanan in the Dragonlance series.
He eventually attended Brigham Young University. Hickman has worked as a supermarket stockboy, a movie projectionist, a theater manager, a glass worker, a television assistant director, and a drill press operator in a genealogy center.
Tracy and Laura wrote the original versions of the modules Rahasia and Pharaoh together, and privately published them. In 1981, Tracy entered into a business arrangement to produce an arcade immersion game, but his associate left the Hickmans with $30,000 in bad checks to cover. Destitute, Tracy sent Rahasia and Pharaoh to TSR, "literally so that I could buy shoes for my children". TSR wanted the modules, but hired Tracy as well: “They said it would be easier to publish my adventures if I was part of the company. So, we made the move from Utah to Wisconsin. It was a terrifying experience."
Hickman came to TSR in 1982, and soon thereafter management announced the intention to develop a series of role-playing adventures based on dragons. Hickman's proposal, code-named Project Overlord, was the Dragonlance Chronicles, which led to his association with Margaret Weis. This was the first project TSR had undertaken that would include adult novels as well as games, calendars, and other spin-off products. The original Drangonlance team was formed under Hickman's leadership. "Project Overlord" began as a novel and three modules, and beginning in 1985 grew into the first Dragonlance trilogy (by Weis and Hickman) and 15 companion modules. By 1987, the successful Dragonlance project had sold two million books and a half million adventure modules.
The Hickmans have been publishing game designs together for over twenty-five years including the popular and innovative Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Ravenloft module in 1983. They published their first joint novel, Mystic Warrior, in 2004. Tracy and Laura have been producing their DragonHearth podcast since December 2005.
In 1999 Pyramid magazine named Tracy Hickman as one of The Millennium's Most Influential Persons "at least in the realm of adventure gaming." The magazine stated that Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis are "basically responsible for the entire gaming fiction genre." Hickman was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 2002, recognized in part for "one game line turned literary sensation: Dragonlance."
Laura Curtis Hickman (born December 7, 1956, Long Beach, California) is an internationally published fantasy author, best known for her works in game design and fantasy novels with husband, Tracy Hickman. The Hickmans conceived Dragonlance while driving in their car on the way to TSR for a job application. Tracy and Laura, who were childhood sweethearts, married in 1977 and have four children.