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Wilf K. Backhaus

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Wilfried Karl Backhaus 7 November 1946 – 14 October 2009 was a role-playing game designer, business professor, and lawyer


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Publications
    • 31 Academic
    • 32 Game related
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Wilf K Backhaus and Edward E Simbalist designed a role-playing game called Chevalier, which they brought to Gen Con IX in 1976 with hopes to sell it to TSR; after witnessing Gary Gygax berate a staff member, Simbalist decided not to approach Gygax about the game At the convention, they met Scott Bizar of Fantasy Games Unlimited, who was interested in the game and helped guide it to print over the next year as Chivalry & Sorcery, the first RPG from FGU Published in 1977, Chivalry & Sorcery C&S was an early competitor to Dungeons & Dragons Backhaus and Simbalist also authored The Chivalry & Sorcery Sourcebook 1978,:126 and Chivalry & Sorcery, 2nd edition 1984:125

Backhaus founded the "Loyal Order of Chivalry & Sorcery" Locs and was a baron in the SCA He was also a published philosopher Most recently he moderated a panel during a conference at University of Maryland, College Park and was a special guest at the Calgary Games Convention CalCon


On 14 October 2009 Backhaus died following a two-year battle with cancer



  • 1996 "Hume's Touchstone and the Politics of Meaningful Discourse" Dialogue, XXXV 1996, pages 651-676 Reprinted in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 LC 157 page 223
  • 1994 "Shaking the Pillars: Quality and Unspoken Bioethical Values in a Pluralistic Society" Quality Culture: Quality for Turbulent Times Camrose: J Ross Enterprises Ltd pages 100-105
  • 1994 "Hume's Fork and Analytic/Trifling Propositions" Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Volume 8, Number 2 1994, pages 79–96
  • 1993 "Advantageous Falsehood: The Person Moved By Faith Strikes Back" Philosophy & Theology, Volume 7, Number 3 Spring, 1993 ages, pages 289-310
  • 1992 "La teoria humeana de las propiedades no sensoriales" Cuadernos de Filosofia, Translated by Professor M Costa Volume 23, Number 38 November 1992 pages 3–18
  • 1992 "Hume and the Politics of Reason" Dialogue, XXXI 1992 pages 65–69
  • 1991 "Is Hume a Neutral Monist" South West Philosophy Review, Volume 7, Number 2, July, 1991, pages 1–15

Game related

  • 1976 Co-Author Self-Published Chevalier - an alternate D&D
  • 1977 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery 1st edition, Fantasy Games Unlimited
  • 1979 Author Rapier & Dagger, Fantasy Games Unlimited
  • 1979 Co-Designer Middle Sea a strategic board game, Fantasy Games Unlimited
  • 1980 Author Mage, Archaeron Games Ltd
  • 1981 Author Warrior, Archaeron Games Ltd
  • 1983 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery 2nd edition, Fantasy Games Unlimited
  • 1996 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery 3rd edition, Highlander Designs
  • 1999 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery Light, Britannia Game Designs Ltd
  • 2000 Co-Author Chivalry & Sorcery Red Book, GameStuff Inc free download pdf


  1. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline 2011 Designers & Dragons Mongoose Publishing p 72 ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7 
  2. ^ Tresca, Michael J 2010, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, McFarland, p 63, ISBN 078645895X 
  3. ^ a b Schick, Lawrence 1991 Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games Prometheus Books ISBN 0-87975-653-5 
  4. ^ Calgary Games Convention
  5. ^ "Calgary Herald Obituary" Calgary Herald 16 October 2009 Retrieved 2009-10-16 
  6. ^ A Review of Chivalry and Sorcery
  7. ^ Wilf Backhaus Game Company
  8. ^ C&S Light review
  9. ^ BGD website
  10. ^ Gamestuff Inc company

External links

  • Once Upon A Time: The Secret History of RPGs
  • open letter
  • "Wilf K Backhaus :: Pen & Paper RPG Database" Archived from the original on January 2, 2005 

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