Bill Roper

Bill Roper

Bill Roper - Blizzard ex-worker. His work experience is amazing.

Blizzard Entertainment (1994 - 2003)

Roper served as a Vice President of Blizzard North and was a Director of Blizzard Entertainment from 1994 - 2003. He oversaw and managed all external projects, coordinated internal development teams, and headed Blizzard's project oversight teams where he was instrumental in shaping the direction of the company's games.

Bill Roper worked directly on numerous million-selling games in varied producer positions and played a key role in the success of the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo franchises. He also acted in and assisted with the direction of the voice recording for Blizzard’s titles, as well as personally representing the games to the global gaming community.

Flagship Studios (2003 - 2008)

After his departure from Blizzard Entertainment, he co-founded and held the position of CEO for Flagship Studios, the developer of Hellgate: London and Mythos (which was never released). Amidst rumors of layoffs within the company, the company dissolved and lost the rights to both Mythos and Hellgate: London to Hanbitsoft and Comerica respectively; the Asian market partner and the bank which held up the intellectual property rights as collateral on loans taken to buy time to find investors. HanbitSoft currently owns the intellectual property rights to Mythos and Hellgate: London.

Cryptic Studios (2008 - till now)

In November 2008 Roper joined Cryptic Studios as Design Director and Executive Producer of their newest project, Champions Online. At New York Comicon 2009, Roper told the audience that he "played Champions as a kid" and that his efforts to get involved in Cryptic's beta test for Champions Online led to his being offered a job at the company. In March 2010, Roper accepted a promotion to Chief Creative Officer of Cryptic Studios, replacing Jack Emmert who transitioned to the role of Chief Operations Officer. On August 16, 2010, Roper announced his departure from Cryptic Studios. He has given no specifics as to what his future plans are.

Roper has worked on the following titles:

Blackthorne (1994) - Music
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994) - Producer, Voiceover, Documentation
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995) - Design, Narration, Voiceover, Documentation
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (1996) - Executive Producer, Story Consultant, Narration, Voiceover
Diablo (1996) - Producer, Voice Production, Casting & Directing, Story, Voiceover, Documentation, Strike Team
StarCraft (1998) - Producer, Voiceover, Documentation, Strike Team
StarCraft: Brood War (1998) - Executive Producer, Voiceover, Caterer, Documentation
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (1999) - Producer
Diablo II (2000) - Senior Producer, Voice Casting, Voiceover, Strike Team
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (2001) - Global Launch Team, Strike Team
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002) - Voiceover, Strike Team
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003) - Voiceover
Hellgate: London (2007) - CEO
Champions Online (2009) - Design Director, Executive Producer
Star Trek Online (2010) - Design Director

Roper was named #41 in IGN's Top 100 Game Creators of All Time.

Music work

Roper has performed at the California Renaissance Pleasure Faires, as the character "Captain Black" since 1994. He is the co-founder as well as a lyricist and composer for the Poxy Boggards, a folk band. He sings baritone and tenor with the group and is featured on "Anchor Management", which was released in 2008, playing tenor and baritone saxophones, tuba, and tin whistle. The band's song, "I Wear No Pants" was featured as part of a Dockers advertising campaign which launched during the 2010 Super Bowl.

Bill also performs at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair as the character "Thaddeus Codswallop" in the Broadside Music Hall. He sings baritone and tenor in the group and plays a variety of brass instruments as well as acting in the traditional Victorian Music Hall role as Chairman for the group. 

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