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WardCo.
Wisconsin (USA)
The imprint of designer Jim Ward, publishers of his design, Metamorphosis Alpha (1976), the first science fiction role-playing game.
Wasteland Games
67 Eglinton St, Portrush, N. Ireland, BT56 8DZ (UK)
A small-press Irish company founded in 1994. Makers of the universal modern RPG STOCS Lite (with supplementary worldbooks) and the cinematic action RPG Point Blank.
Web Games
240 Spicewood Lane, Henderson NC 28739-1343 (USA)
Small-press makers of the Webs Basic Gaming System RPG (by Keith Bailey) and supplements.
West End Games
PO Box 657, Sadsburyville, PA 19369 (USA)
Former makers of the Star Wars RPG (D6 system), along with Hercules and Xena, Torg, Paranoia, Ghostbusters, Shatterzone, and the Masterbook system (including numerous worldbooks). Founded around 1983 or so. In 1999, they underwent bankruptcy, after losing the "Star Wars" license. They then merged with "Yeti", a French graphics design house working in books, cartoons, and multimedia. Yeti produced a number of choose-your-own-ending books and expanded its games production. The combined company is called "D6Legend, Inc." and is a part of Humanoids Publishing. "West End Games" remains a brand name for the new company. They have since released the DC Universe RPG and the Metabarons RPG (based on a French sci-fi comic book).
When Worlds Collide, Ltd
(UK)
Small-press makers of the multiversal RPG of the same name, When Worlds Collide (2010). Founded by author John Fountain and editor Alistair Dandy.
Whit Productions / Publications
Lake Geneva, WI (USA)
Former small-press makers of Mutazoids, Wizards,and the World Wrestling Federation RPG. Founded by Ken Whitman in 1988, then re-started a few years later. It closed down in 1993. Ken Whitman went on to Archangel Games and then to Dynasty Presentations, Inc..
White Mice Worldbuilding
PO Box 363, Kingston, TAS 7050 (Australia)
Small-press makers of the cyberpunk RPG, Nylon Angel (2006). Founded by Cary Lenehan and Marjorie Lenehan.
White Silver Publishing, Inc.
Mississippi (USA)
Small-press publishers of the medieval fantasy RPG The Chronicles of Ramlar (2006) by Tony Lee. Founded by President John Prescott, CEO Wayne Sykes, and CFO Rajiv Patel for publishing the Sovereign Stone campaign setting for 3rd edition D&D (aka "D20") along with other supplements.
White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
1554 Litton Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (USA)
Makers of the World of Darkness line of "Storyteller" RPGs: Vampire: The Masquerade (1991), Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Mage: The Ascension, Changeling: The Dreaming, and Wraith: The Oblivion (along with their historical variant games) as well as the sci-fi superhero games Trinity and Aberrant, and the oriental fantasy RPG Exalted. The company was founded as an independent gaming fanzine originally called "Arcanum" that appeared in 1986. The magazine was shortly renamed "White Wolf". Later they published "Vampire: The Masquerade" which kicked off a highly successful line of RPGs. The magazine continued publication for a time, and was retitled "Inphobia" briefly before folding in 1995 or so. The company includes several subsidiaries, including the Sword & Sorcery brand which publishes 3rd edition D&D (aka "D20") supplements, and the ArtHaus brand which publishes one-off game lines.
Whole Sum Entertainment
(USA)
Small-press makers of the Victorian fantasy RPG Century's Edge . Founded by president Louis Hoefer with help from writer/illustrator Scott Harshbarger and illustrators Christopher Tupa and Evlyn Monroe.
Wicked Press
Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Small-press maker of the fantasy RPG Orkworld. An imprint of author John Wick created in 2000 for the publication of Orkworld.
Wicked Dead Brewing Company
(USA)
A small-press RPG "micro-publisher" founded in 2004 by designers John Wick and Jared A. Sorensen. Their games include octaNe and InSpectres by Jared Sorensen; Enemy Gods and Cat by John Wick; and Run Robot Red! by Annie Rush.
Wicked North Games, L.L.C.
(USA)
Small press makers of games using the OpenD6 initiative, including settings such as Azamar, Clandestine, Descension, and Westward. Founded by J. Elliot Streeter and Brett M. Pisinski. Others include Nikki O'Shea (Lead Technical Artist and Designer), Paige McKee (Lead Layout Artist and Designer), Ray Biondi (Games Testing Lead and QA/QC Consultant), and Jared Tuveson (Lead Artifact Artist and Designer).
Wildfire LLC
(USA)
Small-press creators of Cthulhutech (2008) by Matthew Grau. Founded by Matthew Grau (author), Fraser McKay (business/writing), Mike Vaillancourt (concept illustrator and graphic designer).
Wild Hunt Studio
(USA)
Small-press makers of the fantasy RPG Orx: Nasty, Brutish, and Short (2005). The imprint of author Ravenscrye Grey Daegmorgan.
Wild Muse Games
Idaho (USA)
Small-press makers of the upcoming (?) RPG "The Million Worlds: Chronicles of The Eternal Cycle". Founded by author Robert A. Mosley.
Wildside Press
Pomfret, CT (USA)
Small-press makers of the universal fantasy RPG, Wildside Gaming System (2005). Founded by author Leigh Ronald Grossman as an offshoot of his small press, Swordsmith Productions.
Wilmark Dynasty
(USA)
A small press company, former makers of the Melanda, Land of Mystery RPG, by Lee McCormick and John Corradin (1981). They also published several adventures compatible with AD&D in 1980-81.
Wingnut Games
704 Thompsons Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513 (USA)
Small-press makers of the humorous prehistoric Og: The Role-Playing Game, the upcoming comedy game Soap: The Game of Soap Opera Mayhem!, and various board/card games. Also publishes the parody RPG Stuperpowers in cooperation with Evil Twin Comics. Founded by Aldo Ghiozzi in 1993 as a mail order company, then expanded into various games.
Winterwolf Publishing
PO Box 1373, Westerville, OH 43086-1373 (USA)
A small printing house primarily devoted to novels, publishers of the religious horror RPG, Creation's End by Michael Holder (2005). Headed by Kevin Grover (President and Managing Editor) and Paula Mangino (Senior Editor).
The Wise Tree
c/o Foob, Tiensesteenweg 44 bus 2, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium)
Publishers of the Dutch-language fantasy RPGs Schimmen & Schaduwen and Monsters & Magiërs.
Wise Turtle Publishing
Small-press makers of a universal system, the Open Versatile Anime RPG (2005) by Clay Gardner.
Wizard's Attic
900 Murmansk St, Suite 7, Oakland, CA 94607 (USA)
A store which does shipping and sales for many small game companies.
Wizards of the Coast
PO Box 707, Renton, WA 98057 (USA)
Makers of D&D, Star Wars RPG (D20 system), Alternity, and the Marvel Superheroes Adventure Game, along with the Dune systems. Former makers of the Everway diceless RPG. Founded in 1990 by Peter Adkinson. In 1996 they dropped their role-playing lines (notably Everway, which was later picked up by Rubicon). In 1997, they acquired TSR, Inc. and the AD&D line. In September 1999, WotC was acquired by Hasbro, who had previously acquired Avalon Hill. In summer 2000, they acquired Last Unicorn Games. In December 2000, founder Peter Adkinson quit around the time when a large set of layoffs were done.
Wiz Kids, LLC
15821 NE 8th Street, Suite 100 Bellevue, WA 98008 (USA)
Makers of the collectible miniatures game, "Mage Knight - Rebellion". Founded by FASA founder Jordan Weisman.
Worldworld
455 S.W.B 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166 (USA)
Small-press publishers of the World of Synnibarr fantasy RPG. A comic and game store near Seattle.
Word Mill Publishing
5005 LaMart Dr #204, Riverside, CA 92507 (USA)
Small-press publishers of the Mythic Role Playing book, which can be used as either a standalone RPG or supplement for GM-less play using another RPG system.

John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Thu Apr 14 22:02:39 2016