About Matt

Matt Forbeck is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and game designer. He has twenty-seven novels and countless games published to date. His latest work includes the novel Halo: New Blood, the Magic: The Gathering comics, the 2014 edition of The Marvel Encyclopedia, the Monster Academy YA fantasy novels, and the upcoming Shotguns & Sorcery roleplaying game based on his novels.

He has worked full-time on games and fiction since 1989, when he graduated from the Residental College at the University of Michigan with a degree in Creative Writing. With the exception of a four-year stint as the president of Pinnacle Entertainment Group and two years as the director of the adventure games division at Human Head Studios, he freelanced exclusively through that time.

He has worked with many top companies, including Angry RobotAtari, Ubisoft, DK PublishingAvalanche Studios, High Voltage Software, Wizards of the Coast, Games Workshop, Playmates Toys, Mattel, BOOM! Studios, Random House, Penguin, Paradox Entertainment, TSR, Decipher, White Wolf, Pinnacle, Green Ronin, AEG, Reaper Miniatures, Image Comics, WildStorm Productions, Idea + Design Works, and Human Head.

Matt has designed collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures games, board games, and logic systems for toys and has directed voiceover work and written short fiction, comic books, novels, screenplays, and video game scripts and stories. His work has been translated into Chinese, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Matt is a proud member of the Alliterates writers’ group. He also belongs to the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers and the International Thriller Writers and is a member of the Madison chapter of the International Game Developers Association.

Projects Matt has worked on have been nominated for 28 Origins Awards and won 15. This includes the Best Roleplaying Game for Deadlands and The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, Best Miniatures Rules for Warzone and The Great Rail Wars, Best Roleplaying Adventure for Independence Day, Best Roleplaying Supplement and Best Graphic Design for Redhurst Academy of Magic, Best Fantasy Board Game for Genestealer, and Best Short Story for “Prometheus Unwound” from The Book of All Flesh. He has also won five ENnies and been nominated for three Scribe Awards and won the Special Gaming Scribe—Adapted for his novelization of The Mutant Chronicles film.

P1070309Matt lives in Beloit, Wisconsin, with his wife Ann and their children: Marty, Pat, Nick, Ken, and Helen. And yes, those last four are quadruplets, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.