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George Ziets is a developer who worked at Obsidian Entertainment on Fallout: New Vegas as an Additional Writer. He wrote a number of NCR characters, including the members of 1st Recon and others at Camp McCarran.

Ziets is best known as the Lead Creative Designer for NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer. He has been credited on two other Obsidian titles: Neverwinter Nights 2 (mainly Act 2) and Dungeon Siege 3.

Early life and education

George Ziets earned a degree in Psychology from Georgetown University and spent the late 1990s in graduate school. He studied psychology and film, earning an MA from the University of Maryland. In 2001, he secured his first games industry job at Westwood Studios, working as a writer on the short-lived science fiction MMORPG, Earth & Beyond.


In 2004, Ziets was hired at Turbine, Inc. and was credited as a designer on Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar and Dungeons & Dragons Online.

Ziets relocated to southern California in 2006 to become a designer at Obsidian Entertainment. He was recruited during development of Neverwinter Nights 2, and after the game shipped he was promoted to Creative Lead on the first Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion, Mask of the Betrayer. Ziets was responsible for MotB’s overall creative vision, including characters and story. It shipped in 2007 and received mostly positive reviews, winning praise for its story and narrative elements. Ziets left Obsidian in 2008 and spent a year at ZeniMax Online Studios, but he returned to Obsidian in 2009 to serve as Creative Lead on Dungeon Siege 3.

He left Obsidian after a project got cancelled in 2012 but returned soon after as a writer on Project Eternity.

In March 2013 it was announced that Ziets would join the writing team at inXile on the Torment: Tides of Numenera RPG.

Employment history

2014presentinXile EntertainmentLead Area Designer
20092012Obsidian EntertainmentLead Creative Designer
20072008ZeniMax Online StudiosLead Writer / Quest Developer
20052007Obsidian EntertainmentLead Creative Designer
20032005Turbine, Inc.Game Designer
20022003High Voltage SoftwareProducer
20012002EA WestwoodWriter / Designer


Fallout series

YearTitleCredited as/for
2010Fallout: New VegasAdditional writer:
Lieutenant Gorobets
10 of Spades
Corporal Sterling
Corporal Betsy
Sergeant Bitter-Root

Other work

YearTitleCredited as/for
2016Torment: Tides of NumeneraLead area designer
2015Pillars of EternityAdditional writing
2011Dungeon Siege III: Treasures of the SunLead creative designer
2011Dungeon Siege IIILead creative designer
2007Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the BetrayerLead creative designer
2006Neverwinter Nights 2Area design
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