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Richard Baker is an American author that writes science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for his work on Dungeons and Dragons.

Order of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Planescape RPG Series

1A Guide to the Astral Plane (Short Story) ( By: Monte Cook) 1991Description / Buy
2A Player's Primer to the Outlands ( By: Jeff Grubb) 1995Description / Buy
3Monstrous Compendium Appendix II (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy
4The Planewalker's Handbook: Planescape Accessory ( By: Monte Cook) 1996Description / Buy
5Dead Gods ( By: Monte Cook) 1997Description / Buy
6The Inner Planes ( By: Monte Cook) 1998Description / Buy
7Monstrous Compendium Appendix III (Short Story) ( By: Monte Cook) 1998Description / Buy
8Tales from the Infinite Staircase ( By: Monte Cook) 1998Description / Buy
9Faction War (Short Story) ( By: Monte Cook) 1998Description / Buy

Order of Alternity RPG Series

1Red Starrise 1998Description / Buy
2Alternity Gamemaster Guide 1998Description / Buy
3The Last Warhulk (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy

Order of Breaker of Empires Series

1Valiant Dust 2017Description / Buy
2Restless Lightning 2018Description / Buy
3Scornful Stars 2019Description / Buy

Order of D&D 4th ed Adventures Series

1King of the Trollhaunt Warrens (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy

Order of Forgotten Realms: Blades of the Moonsea Series

1Swordmage 2008Description / Buy
2Corsair 2009Description / Buy
3Avenger 2010Description / Buy

Order of Forgotten Realms: The Last Mythal Series

1Forsaken House 2004Description / Buy
2Farthest Reach 2005Description / Buy
3Final Gate 2006Description / Buy

Order of Star Drive Series with Martin H. Greenberg, Philip Athans, William H. Keith Jr., Roland J. Green, Thomas M. Reid

1On the Verge ( By: Roland J. Green) 1998Description / Buy
2Starfall ( By: Martin H. Greenberg, Philip Athans) 1999Description / Buy
3Zero Point 1999Description / Buy
4Two of Minds ( By: William H. Keith Jr.) 2000Description / Buy
5Gridrunner Novel) ( By: Thomas M. Reid) 2000Description / Buy

Order of The War of the Spider Queen Series

1Resurrection ( By: Paul S. Kemp) 2000Description / Buy
2Insurrection ( By: Thomas M. Reid) 2002Description / Buy
3Condemnation 2003Description / Buy
4Condemnation 2003Description / Buy
5Extinction ( By: Lisa Smedman) 2004Description / Buy
6Annihilation ( By: Philip Athans) 2004Description / Buy
7The War of the Spider Queen series ( By: Philip Athans, Richard Lee Byers, Paul S. Kemp, Lisa Smedman, Thomas M. Reid) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Forgotten Realms Collections

1Feathered Dragon ( By: Douglas Niles) 1991Description / Buy
2Once Around the Realms ( By: Brian M. Thomsen) 1995Description / Buy
3Evermeet: Island of the Elves ( By: Elaine Cunningham) 1998Description / Buy
4The Shadow Stone 1998Description / Buy
5Silverfall ( By: Ed Greenwood) 1999Description / Buy
6The Glass Prison ( By: Monte Cook) 1999Description / Buy
7Dissolution ( By: Richard Lee Byers) 2002Description / Buy
8Starlight & Shadows: Gift Set ( By: Elaine Cunningham) 2005Description / Buy
9We Three Dragons ( By: Ed Greenwood) 2005Description / Buy
10Mistshore ( By:) 2008Description / Buy
11Downshadow ( By: Erik Scott de Bie) 2009Description / Buy
12The Threat from the Sea ( By: Mel Odom) 2009Description / Buy
13House of Serpents ( By: Lisa Smedman) 2009Description / Buy
14Dawnbringer ( By: Samantha Henderson) 2011Description / Buy
15The Empyrean Odyssey ( By: Thomas M. Reid) 2011Description / Buy
16Sandstorm ( By: Christopher Rowe) 2011Description / Buy
17Prince of Ravens 2012Description / Buy
18The Gilded Rune ( By: Lisa Smedman) 2012Description / Buy
19Venom in Her Veins ( By: Tim Pratt) 2012Description / Buy

Order of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Series

1The Drow of the Underdark (Short Story) ( By: Ed Greenwood) 1991Description / Buy
2Maztica Campaign Set ( By: Douglas Niles) 1991Description / Buy
3Fires of Zatal (Short Story) ( By: Jeff Grubb) 1991Description / Buy
4Volo's Guide to Waterdeep ( By: Ed Greenwood) 1992Description / Buy
5Land of Fate ( By: Jeff Grubb) 1992Description / Buy
6Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium Appendix II: Children Of The Night (Short Story) ( By:) 1993Description / Buy
7Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting ( By: Ed Greenwood) 1993Description / Buy
8House of Strahd (Short Story) ( By: Tracy Hickman) 1993Description / Buy
9Dark of the Moon: Ravenloft Adventure: (Short Story) ( By: Thomas M. Reid) 1994Description / Buy
10Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure ( By: Thomas M. Reid, Jeff Grubb, Aaron Allston) 1994Description / Buy
11Adam's Wrath: Ravenloft Adventure: (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Smedman) 1994Description / Buy
12Awakening: Ravenloft Adventure (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Smedman) 1994Description / Buy
13Elminster's Ecologies ( By: James Butler) 1994Description / Buy
14Player's Survival Kit/Book, Adventurer's Log, and Cards ( By: John D. Rateliff) 1995Description / Buy
15Chilling Tales ( By: Lisa Smedman) 1995Description / Buy
16Cities of the Sun 1995Description / Buy
17Neither Man Nor Beast: Ravenloft Adventure: ( By: Jeff Grubb) 1996Description / Buy
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Born in 1941 in Florida, Baker has been a writer, a creative director, and a game developer. As a child, the author never dreamt that his resume would feature such roles and achievements.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Richard Baker studied English in college. Following his graduation in 1988, the author joined the US Navy, landing a position on the USS Tortuga as a deck officer.

Baker was a Junior Grade Lieutenant by the time he left. A husband to his college sweetheart and a father to two girls, Baker’s love for reading was sparked at a young age. His hometown library had a science fiction section that no one had bothered to update in a very long time.

But that did not matter to Baker who dug his way through Tolkien’s works before exploring the likes of Robert Heinlein, Robert E. Howard, and Doc Smith. The people who know Baker will tell you that he loves the Golden Age of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

And you wouldn’t be wrong in presuming that his interests were shaped by that science fiction section of his hometown library. The author started playing Dungeons and Dragons in 1979.

He had a passion for the game. As such, once he left the army, he sent an application to TSR, the people behind Dungeons and Dragons. Richard Baker was on the hunt for a new career but he did not actually expect TSR to give him a job.

And yet they responded positively to his resume, asking the author to complete a writing test. Whatever he eventually produced must have piqued the interest of the right person at TSR because they scheduled an interview and then hired him.

Baker had done some writing before but none of his work had ever been published. So he was treading into unchartered waters when TSR brought him aboard in 1991.

The author’s role was pretty diverse. He spent quite a bit of time writing for the product lines at the company. He also produced articles for a number of magazines. Some of his more notable achievements include the work he did on the Forgotten Realms.

He also played a significant role in the Birthright campaign’s design. While he was quite proud of the Birthright boxed set (winner of the Origins Award), Baker’s crowning achievement is Alternity.

While his work on Dungeons and Dragons merely built upon the efforts of other creators, Richard Baker was part of the team that crafted Alternity from the ground up. The undertaking was exhausting but Baker also learned quite a bit.

That being said, Baker was always grateful for the opportunity TSR gave him to write stories set in established universes. He found it much easier to maneuver his plots because he did not have to do all the hard work of giving the settings their depth.

His only objective was to use the worlds that other people had created to tell his own stories, and that was a process he enjoyed.

Best Richard Baker Books

Baker has imputed some of his success to the fact that he writes what entertains him, with some of the best titles in his bibliography including:

Forsaken House: The demonic elf monsters of House Dlardrageth were defeated and imprisoned by the residents of the elven realms a long time ago. But now they have returned and they will stop at nothing to claim what they perceive to be their birthright.

Araevin is an elf mage who knows that the glades of the High Forest have been infected by a dangerous enemy. Araevin must sacrifice his sanity to stop their conquest in its tracks.

Forsaken House takes place in the world of the Forgotten Realms. It is the first novel in the Last Mythal series.

Farthest Reach: The second novel in the Last Mythal series finds Araevini Teshurr at Tower Reilloch from where he hopes to understand the magical knowledge the Nightstar gave him. Once he realizes that the mages have nothing more to teach him, he embarks on a new journey, one that will bring him to his betrothed.

Meanwhile, Queen Sarya was defeated by the elves but she isn’t ready to surrender. Now she has an ally, a demon prince with whose help she hopes to decimate the elven army that will seek her out.

When Does The Next Richard Baker book come out?

Richard Baker doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Scornful Stars and was released on December, 3rd 2019. It is the newest book in the Breaker of Empires Series.

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