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aka: Jeff Vogel

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Spiderweb Software is a plucky little game development studio from Seattle. Founded by Jeff Vogelnote  in September 1994, it became the first successful Indie developer of Western RPGs in the history of the genrenote  and has been consistently releasing story-focused isometric RPGs with old-school Turn-Based Combat ever since. The studio currently consists of Jeff and his wife Mariann, and has never really been much bigger than that. Jeff does the programming and the writing, while Mariann does everything else, with graphic assets produced for them by contracted artists (who, in the past, have included Phil Foglio).

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For a retrospective of the studio's long history, see Jeff's GDC 2018 talk.


Games developed by Spiderweb:

  • Exile trilogy:
    • Exile: Escape from the Pit (1995)
    • Exile II: Crystal Souls (1995)
    • Exile III: Ruined World (1997)
    • Blades of Exile (1997)
  • Nethergate (1999; remake in 2007)
  • Avernum series
    • First Trilogy (a remake of the Exile series):
      • Avernum (2000)
      • Avernum 2 (2000)
      • Avernum 3 (2002)
    • Blades of Avernum (2004)
    • Second Trilogy:
      • Avernum 4 (2005)
      • Avernum 5 (2007)
      • Avernum 6: Prison Break (2009)
    • Reboot:
      • Avernum: Escape from the Pit (2011)
      • Avernum 2: Crystal Souls (2015)
      • Avernum 3: Ruined World (2018)
  • Geneforge series:
    • Geneforge (2001)
    • Geneforge 2 (2003)
    • Geneforge 3 (2005)
    • Geneforge 4: Rebellion (2006)
    • Geneforge 5: Overthrow (2008)
  • Avadon trilogy:
    • Avadon: The Black Fortress (2011)
    • Avadon 2: The Corruption (2013)
    • Avadon 3: The Warborn (2016)

In addition to self-publishing its own games, Spiderweb had also published other devs' games before 2007:

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  • Homeland: The Stone of Night (2000, developed by Dragonlore)
  • SubTerra (2001, developed by Crystal Shard)
  • Galactic Core, Lost Souls, and Ocean Bound by Richard White (a set of games so obscure, not even The Other Wiki seems to know anything beyond their titles and the original developer's name)

Alternative Title(s): Jeff Vogel

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