Rick Dakan lives, writes, and teaches in Sarasota, Florida, his home and native town. He currently teaches creative writing and the history of video game art at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Born in 1972, he grew up in Florida before going on to attend college at American University in Washington DC (where he earned a BA in History) and then Ohio State University (where he didn't earn an MA in History). It was in those bleak, cold, Ohio years of the mid-90's that he started writing for a living, and he hasn't stopped since. Over the next few years he scratched out a rewarding if poor living writing role-playing game books for numerous product lines, including: Wraith: The Oblivion, Kult, Conspiracy X, Deadlands, Vampire: The Masquerade, and Dungeons & Dragons.

 In 2000 he came up with an idea for an online computer game which eventually became the hit 2004 release City of Heroes. Teaming up with long-time friend Michael Lewis and a bevy of talented folks, he moved out to San Jose, California and helped found Cryptic Studios. Three years later his partners fired him, but that didn't stop him from continuing to work on the game and writing and publishing a twelve issue comic book series based on the game. He wrote his first novel, Geek Mafia, was published in 2006, followed by the sequels Geek Mafia: Mile Zero in 2008 and Geek Mafia: Black Hat Blues in 2009. His fourth novel, The Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Lovecraftian Obsession, was released in 2010. He writes a weekly column on video games for the web site Pop Matters where he also co-hosts the Moving Pixels Podcast. In 2010, he completed his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing through the Ranier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. He went on to found and serve as lead game designer for for the ill-fated Mob Rules Game. Since 2013 he has worked as a writer and level builder for Blue Mammoth Games.




The Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Obsession, Arcane Wisdom 2011, author

Geek Mafia: Black Hate Blues, PM Press 2009, author

Geek Mafia: Mile Zero, PM Press 2008, author

Geek Mafia, Blue King Studios, 2006, author


City of Heroes


City of Heroes, Comic Book Series 1, Blue King Studios 2004-2005, writer

City of Heroes, Online RPG, Cryptic Studios, 2003-2005, contributing writer

City of Heroes, Online RPG, Cryptic Studios, 2000-2002 Lead Designer


Pen and Paper RPG Writing and Design


Crucible: Conquest of the Final Realm, Fasa 2001, co-author

Enter The Zombie, Eden Studios 2001, author

Clanbook: Ventrue, White Wolf 2000, author

Rise of the Titans, Wizards of the Coast 2000, author

Crimson Skies Aircraft Manual, Fasa 2000, contributor

Aberrant: The Directive, White Wolf 2000, co-author

Winter Court, AEG 2000, contributor

Coming of Shadows, Agents of Gaming 2000, co-author

All Flesh Must be Eaten, Eden Studios 1999, co-author

Fantastic Four Roster Book, Wizards of the Coast 1999, co-author

Atlas of Earth Alliance Wars, Agents of Gaming 1999, co-author

Planetary Adventures, Last Unicorn Games 1999, contributor

Planets of the UFP, Last Unicorn Games, 1999, contributor

The First Line: Starfleet Intelligence Handbook, Last Unicorn Games 1998, co-author

Void in the Heavens, AEG 1999, author

Back East: The North, Pinnacle Entertainment 1999, co-author

Chlidren o' the Atom, Pinnacle Entertainment 1998, co-author

Exodus, Eden Studios 1997, co-author

Atlantis Rising, Eden Studios 1997, co-author

Aegis Handbook, Eden Studios 1997, contributor

Cryptozoology, Eden Studios 1997, co-author

Nemesis, New Millennium Entertainment 1996, co-author

The Venusian Apocalypse: The Second Seal of Repulsion, Target Games 1996, author

The Venusian Apocalypse: The Four Riders, Target Games 1996, author

The Venusian Apocalypse: Beyond the Pale, Target Games 1996, author

Heart Mind & Soul, Target Games 1996, editor and contributor

Beyond the Boundaries, Target Games 1996, editor and contributor

Dark Kingdom of Jade, White Wolf 1995, co-author

Wraith Players Guide, White Wolf 1995, contributor