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We have no idea what we're doing, that's why they become cult classics instead of successful games.— 131 Rapid-Fire Questions About The Outer Worlds

Leonard Boyarsky is one of the original masterminds behind the Fallout world and the first Fallout game.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design, Boyarsky began work as a freelance artist in 1992. Some time later he was hired as a cleanup artist at Interplay, later becoming the lead artist on Stonekeep. This eventually lead to his becoming the lead artist/art director on the GURPS project that later became Fallout. Aside from guiding the art on the project, together with Jason Anderson, Tim Cain, Scott Campbell and Chris Taylor, he oversaw the direction and feel of the game. He left Interplay after helping to complete the initial design for Fallout 2 and, together with Cain and Anderson, was a founder of Troika Games.

After Troika's demise, Leon Boyarsky went to work at Blizzard Entertainment on Diablo III as a Lead World Designer until April 2016 when he left to join Obsidian Entertainment.

Quotes

I did approach Bethesda about us working with them on Fallout, but they were uninterested. Instead of flaming them for this however, think about it from their point of view: who among us would want to pay a huge amount of money for a license and then turn it over to someone else? I'm assuming they paid the cash because they wanted to make a Fallout game, end of story.

Employment history

FromToCompanyRole
19921998Interplay EntertainmentArt Director, Lead Artist
19982005Troika GamesCEO, Lead Creative Designer
20052016Blizzard EntertainmentSenior World Designer
2016PresentObsidian EntertainmentCo-Game Director, Creative Director

Credits

Fallout series

YearTitleCredited as/for
1997FalloutLead Artist
Art Director
Original Game Design
Additional Design
1998Fallout 2Original Game Design

Other work

YearTitleCredited as/for
1992Castles II: Siege and ConquestArtwork
1993Unnatural SelectionAdditional Art
1995Stonekeep2D Graphic Artist
3D Rendering Artist
Video Processor
2001Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick ObscuraDesigners
2004Vampire: The Masquerade - BloodlinesTroika Games
Project Lead
Artwork
Design, Dialog and Story
Additional Support
2012Diablo III[1]World Design & Writing
2019The Outer WorldsDirector
Writer

Behind the scenes

Gallery

Fallout concept art:

Videos

External links

References

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