Flint Dille has been described by a number of titles: transmediologist, world builder, argonaut, gameifyer, narrative alchemist, and sometimes simply writer and game designer …
He is currently creative lead on Google's "Ingress" geo-mobile alternate reality game, authoring "Social Storm" for DARPA, and world building at DreamWorks Animation, as well as co-writing "Primacy," the third installment of the "Autocracy" graphic novel trilogy from IDW.
Dille's career started by turning toys into TV shows and films with G1 Transformers, G.I. Joe, Inhumanoids, and Visionaries. He has designed games with Gary Gygax and written movies for Steven Spielberg. Dille has sold game design documents as feature films twice ("Venom," Dimension 2006; and "Agent in Place," Lionsgate 2010). He created the "Comics Module" for TSR, a comic book format that contained both role-playing and tabletop gaming content way before transmedia. His "Agent 13" novels are in feature film development. Dille directed the interactive movie "Terror T.R.A.X.," which became a television pilot for Fox, as well as "Dragonstrike," one of the first hybrid film projects.
Dille's graphic novel for "Diablo III: Book of Cain," charted on the NYT, and his digital Transformers comic, "Autocracy," was 2012's bestselling digital-only comic.
Dille has, himself, become a fictional character. Frank Miller immortalized him as Dillios (a Spartan-ization of Dille), the narrator in "300." Gary Gygax made him a barbarian named Chert (in geology a low grade of flint), and Thomas Greanias based the treacherous international rogue Abdil on Dille. And nobody knows whether Flint from "G.I. Joe" was named for Dille, but Dille certainly elevated the warrant officer's career.
Deemed by the Writer's Guild of America to be the Most Published Game Writer in the World, Dille has twice won Game Script of the Year ("Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay," (with JZP), and "Dead to Rights"), and was nominated for "Ghostbusters" and "Dark Athena." He has multiple platinum titles and has worked on crown jewel franchises, including James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Tiny Toons, "Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu" (Guinness Book of videogame records for creating the first Batman villain outside of the comics), and has also penned novelizations for properties such as Superman, Dungeons & Dragons, Teen Titans, and Scooby-Doo.
He has a degree in Ancient History from U.C. Berkeley and an MFA from USC and has taught a class on alternate reality games at UCLA film school. His follow-up book to his "The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design" is tentatively titled "The Blur."
In 2013, documentarian Bob Bryan made a documentary about Dille entitled "Gaming Our Reality," available on Amazon, with previews on YouTube.
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