Liz Danforth

Liz Danforth is best known for her art and illustrations, primarily created for the games industry. She also writes fiction and game material, edits the work of others, and worked as the lead illustrator and co-creator for the Deluxe Edition of the second-oldest role-playing game, Tunnels & Trolls.


Since 1978, Liz has worked steadily as an artist, writer, editor, and/or game developer on role-playing games, card games, and board games. She has been a writer and scenario designer for computer and video games. Her credits include work for licensed Middle Earth and Star Trek projects, Wasteland, and work on more than a dozen different collectible card games. She has created maps and illustrations which appear in mainstream and fantasy novels and anthologies. She was inducted into the Academy of Gaming Arts and Design’s Hall of Fame (1995).


Fun fact: with a BA in Anthropology, Liz learned the practical skills to repair her own car on a dark country road using made-on-the-spot stone tools.


Liz is creating Mages and Sages on Patreon ( She continues to freelance in art, writing, and game design from her home in Tucson, Arizona. Her website is and she occasionally tweets from @LizDanforth.