|Paul Reiche III|
Paul Reiche in 2008
February 17, 1961|
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
|Education||University of California Berkeley|
|Occupation||Toys for Bob Game Studio President, Game Creative Director, Game designer|
Devin Lessen-Reiche (Son)|
Arianna Reiche (Daughter)
Paul Reiche (Father)|
Georgiann Feltz (Mother)
Paul Reiche III (born February 17, 1961) is an American game designer, particularly known for his work on computer games. Reiche is best known for being the co-creator, together with Fred Ford, of the Star Control universe.
Reiche was a childhood friend of early Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) artist Erol Otus, and became interested in gaming as a teen. He and Otus played role-playing games together and released a few small games in the genre. Eventually, both wound up at TSR (the then publisher of D&D). They made contributions to the evolving game and other games by TSR, Otus with artwork, Reiche with game design (primarily on D&D and Gamma World). Reiche's credits as developer include Isle of Dread, Slave Pits of the Undercity and Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords, and The Ghost Tower of Inverness, and he also contributed to Gary Gygax's Legion of Gold for Gamma World. Reiche also invented the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons race of Thri-kreen Mantis warriors, which debuted in the second set of Monster Cards.
Eventually Reiche left TSR to work on computer games with Electronic Arts (EA). Reiche worked on Mail Order Monsters, World Tour Golf, the Archon series and the Starflight series of computer games. Reiche was one of the co-founders of Free Fall Associates, the co-developer of the Archon series of games. After his stint at EA, Reiche formed Toys for Bob with Fred Ford, and created Star Control. While Reiche did the game design and fiction, Ford was responsible for the programming. After publishing it, Accolade contracted with Reiche and Ford to develop the sequel, Star Control II. Reiche's friend, Otus, provided at least one illustration for the sequel's manual. Reiche voiced the Mycon and the neo-Dnyarri (also known as the Talking Pet) in Star Control II. Reiche is currently the CEO and Director of Development of Toys For Bob, which was acquired by Activision in 2005. On February 12, 2011, it was revealed that Toys for Bob has been working on Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, with Reiche acting as Creative Director. Reiche is listed in the credits for ToeJam & Earl under "Invaluable Help", as well as in "Inspiration" section of credits for Strange Adventures in Infinite Space. In October 2017 Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III announced they would be working on a direct sequel to the story of Star Control II called Ghosts of the Precursors.