2014 Hall of Fame News
Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson Inducted
The establishment of the UK Games Hall of Fame at the 2013 UK Games Expo looked to show the world the level of influence that this country has on the world hobby gaming scene. The Hall of Fame looks to showcase some of the best and brightest, to honour those who have had a major influence on our hobby and have led the way in our industry.
The Hall of Fame was launched in 2013 with an initial intake of 5 individuals: David Parlett, Francis Tresham, Gibson’s Games, Don Turnbull and Bruce Quarrie. This year we induct two giants of the Games Industry, Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson.
One of the founding fathers of the UK games industry, having launched, in 1975, both Games Workshop and Dungeons and Dragons into Europe. A prolific writer Ian co-authored the iconic Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, designed board games including Boom Town and Legend of Zagor and designed computer games including Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984. Ian is the recipient of many prestigious awards including being appointed OBE in 2006 and CBE in 2013.
Steve Jackson In early 1975, Steve Jackson co-founded the company Games Workshop with school friend Ian Livingstone. They started publishing a monthly newsletter, and sent copies of the first issue to subscribers of the fanzine Albion; Brian Blume received one of these copies, and sent them a copy of the new game Dungeons & Dragons in return. Jackson and Livingstone felt that this game was more imaginative than anything being produced in the UK at the time, and so worked out an arrangement with Blume for an exclusive deal to sell D&D in Europe. Jackson is co-author of the Fighting Fantasy game-book, the first volume, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, was published in 1982. Jackson now works at Lionhead Studios, which he founded with Peter Molyneux. He is also an honorary professor at Brunel University in London, teaching the Digital Games Theory and Design MA
Tony Hyams & Tony Boydell will induct Steve and Ian into the Hall of Fame at 4pm on Saturday. You can view some memorabilia of all our Hall of Fame Inductees in a special cabinet in the Kings Suite during the convention.Don't forget Steve and Ian will be siging copies of their books at 3pm in the King's Suite.