|First Greyhawk work||Dead Gods (arguably) or Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil|
Monte Cook is a professional table-top role-playing game game designer and writer.
Cook has been a professional game designer since 1988, working primarily on roleplaying games. Much of his early work was for Iron Crown Enterprises as an editor and writer for the Rolemaster and Champions lines. During this period, he attracted fan and critical attention with the popular multi-genre setting Dark Space.
Eventually he took a job at TSR Hobbies, where he was a major contributor to the Planescape product line. Shortly thereafter, TSR encountered financial difficulties and was purchased by Wizards of the Coast. Under Wizards of the Coast, Cook worked as one of the three primary authors (along with Skip Williams and Jonathan Tweet) of the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Cook is the credited author of this edition's Dungeon Master's Guide.
Cook left Wizards of the Coast in 2001 and started Malhavoc Press to write material for the d20 System independently. Malhavoc's first product, The Book of Eldritch Might, is widely credited with demonstrating the viability of PDF publishing within the role-playing industry.
Shortly after the release of Ptolus, which Cook has often described as the culmination of his original ambitions for Malhavoc, he announced that he would be focusing on writing fiction and other forms of creative work for the foreseeable future.
- Cook, Monte. Dead Gods. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1997.
- -----. Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.