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Decker began playing Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. . The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast since 1997...
in 1983 during recess at his elementary school. During the summer of 1996, he began doing "temp work" for Wizards of the Coast
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, before returning to finish college that fall. After finishing college, he returned to Wizards of the Coast, where he spent six months as a tournament judge at the company's first Game Center. Deciding "to forgo graduate school for a few years," Decker successfully applied for an editorial position at Wizards, becoming the editorial assistant for Dungeon
Dungeon Adventures, or simply Dungeon, was a magazine targeting consumers of role-playing games, particularly Dungeons & Dragons. It was first published by TSR, Inc. in 1986 as a bimonthly periodical. It went monthly in May 2003 and ceased print publication altogether in September 2007 with Issue 150...
Dragon is one of the two official magazines for source material for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and associated products, the other being Dungeon. TSR, Inc. originally launched the monthly printed magazine in 1976 to succeed the company's earlier publication, The Strategic Review. The...
magazines. In 1999, Decker became editor-in-chief of Dragon
, serving as such until 2003 with Paizo Publishing
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. He is now the director of Organized Play at Wizards of the Coast.
- Cook, Monte
Monte Cook is a professional table-top role-playing game designer and writer. He is married to Sue Weinlein Cook.-Roleplaying:Cook has been a professional game designer since 1988, working primarily on role-playing games. Much of his early work was for Iron Crown Enterprises as an editor and writer...
. "A Talk with Jesse Decker: A 30th Anniversary Interview." Monte's Journal. Montecook.com, 2004.