|Born in Salt Lake City, the son of a professor, Tracy Hickman attended Brigham Young University. After a missionary stint in Indonesia, Hickman had a few career flirtations, eventually working for several years in theatres (both "legitimate" and cinemas) until the early 1980s when he began to work as a game designer TSR, Inc., the home of the role-playing game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. The success of that game inspired TSR to develop news games, one of which was DRAGONLANCE, on which Hickman was one of the early designers. In the mid-1980s, with the new game ready to hit the market, Hickman and Margaret Weis wrote the first of a number of related novels--the pair wrote the first six books in the series, which eventually stretched to well over 100 novels, inspiring other, spin-off series as well as other games. Hickman subsequently wrote additional entries in the Dragonlance series as well as several unrelated novels. He also continued to develop new games.