Bio

Rob Daviau is an award-winning game designer whose games have been sold world-wide. He is the co-designer of Pandemic Legacy (Season 1), the highest-rated game on boardgamegeek.com.

Since 1998, he has designed and published over 70 games from children’s games to family games to party games to more in-depth games for the hobby market.

Rob has largely designed tabletop games but has also done work with hybrid physical-digital games and some work with digital games.

Rob is a writer as well as a designer, having spent much of his 20s as an advertising copywriter. He also wrote a chapter in Kobold Design’s Guide to Game Design, was a contributor to DRAGON magazine, and has written various articles on game design.

Rob has spoken at game conventions, participated in dozens of radio interviews, performed live TV segments, and contributed live color commentary for ESPN during the 2009 Monopoly World Tournaments.

He has guest lectured at MIT, Carnegie-Mellon University, and NYU on game design. He was an adjunct professor of game design at NYU in 2013 and is currently a visiting professor of game design at Hampshire College.

Notable Facts

  • Co-host of The Game Design Round Table podcast
  • Winner of five Golden Geek awards, four origin awards, and the French As D’or (Game of the year) award
  • Monopoly World Tournament Judge in 2000, 2003, and 2009
  • Contributed sidebar to Tracy Fullerton’s book on game design

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