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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

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

Order of Alternity RPG Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Red Starrise 1998 Description / Buy
2 Alternity Gamemaster Guide 1998 Description / Buy
3 The Last Warhulk (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Breaker of Empires Series

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

Order of D&D 4th ed Adventures Series

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

Order of Forgotten Realms: Blades of the Moonsea Series

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

Order of Forgotten Realms: The Last Mythal Series

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

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

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1 Starfall ( By: Martin H. Greenberg, Philip Athans) 1999 Description / Buy

Order of The War of the Spider Queen Series

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

Order of Forgotten Realms Collections

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