Demiurge, Web Investigator, Idea Man, Gygaxian Lore, Poetic Expression, Mapper Extraordinaire, Jack of All Trades
French (mother language), English, German, Latin
About Benoist Poiré
Frenchman and mapper extraordinaire, Benoist lives in British Columbia, Canada. Though relatively new to game design, he has been part of various gaming communities on the internet for the better part of the last fifteen years. He started playing at age 11 with the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and later experimented with a great variety of games and play styles, including Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, Vampire: the Masquerade, Cyberpunk 2020, as well as French games like Légendes Celtiques, Légendes de la Table Ronde, INS/MV, Nephilim and Hurlements. Growing up, Benoist was tremendously inspired by his parents: Some of his most personal pencil techniques were directly handed down from mother to son, while his maps’ general structures owe a lot to his father’s analytical skills. Benoist soon became part of different gaming clubs, helped organize local conventions and wrote multiple amateur game modules.
Benoist ended up running the Original game of 1974 and became a contributor to Robert J. Kuntz’s blog, Lord of the Green Dragons. He later authored a critically acclaimed series of Advice to Build a Megadungeon and the Campaign Around It, and contributed to the development of the Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea role-playing game. Benoist published his first adventure module in AFS Magazine Issue 3. He since co-authored THE MARMOREAL TOMB OF GARN PAT’UUL in Gygax Magazine Issue 3 with Ernest Gary Gygax, Jr.