Dias Ex Machina was formed during sushi in May of 2007 with the soul intent of being the vehicle for an Amethyst role playing game (based on a long running campaign). In July of 2008, the company’s founder and its co-writer made the decision to abandon the previous D20 Amethyst in favor of adopting the GSL and converting Amethyst to 4 th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. Soon after, the company formed an alliance with Goodman Games for print distribution.
Amethyst Foundations was released in 2010 is extremely favorable reviews. Along with Amethyst, DEM also produces the upcoming NeuroSpasta role playing game—promising a universal Modern/Science-Fiction adaptation of 4 th Edition D&D rules.
DEM considers itself the source for alternative games utilizing both Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition architecture and Pathfinder architecture.
FOUNDER & LEAD WRITER
Chris Tavares Dias is the literary equivalent of that crusty burnt cheese at the bottom of the fondue pot. He was probably born between 1970 and 1994. After years editing public forums and local publications, he pursued writing. In a decade of screenwriting, all he had to show for it was a half dozen unregistered spec scripts and an unaired British TV pilot he was never paid for.
In the vast expanse of role playing, Chris was lucky enough to be signed onto two game companies, promising to publish work under his name, only months before the companies folded. In all that time, he maintained his website of Serenadawn.com and continued to produce free work, netting a monstrous $175 in donations since 1996. Several of these games garnered temporary and fleeting recognition in select circles across the globe. Amethyst is his first official publication.
Chris Dias thinks he is Asian but is actually Portuguese-Canadian. In his spare time, he types phony biographies about himself and dreams of a time he could “dance and play the violin.” Despite accusations and assumptions given his marital state, he is admittedly not gay. Some people claim he looks like Mathew Perry. He would like that to be true. It's not.
In July, 2008, Chris was last seen staring at a dead raven that had fallen beside his car. Two months later, his watch and notepad were found in the stomach of a basking shark that washed ashore off the coast of Florida.
Nick Greenwood has worked in the publishing/marketing/advertising for over 20 years as a freelance and full-time illustrator and designer. He has worked in many genres including, but not limited to sci fi/fantasy, children, and religious. Nick has hundreds of book covers to his credit and is the sole artist for all Dias Ex Machina’s creations.
Lance McComber is an old friend of the Founder (old enough to remember what a Radio Shack is!) He is the one that makes the computer things go when the Founder orders. He spent 10 years in exile in the United States working for Uncle Bill before returning home. With over 25 years experience in the computer industry he handles the computer side of things for the company.
Dias Ex Machina Games
#129 6807 Westgate Ave
Prince George, British Columbia
Canada, V2N 5P8
DiasExMachina at G mail dot com
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