Don Bingle

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Don Bingle
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Born Donald J. Bingle
c. 1954
Occupation Writer, game designer
Nationality United States
Genre Role-playing games

Donald J. Bingle (born c. 1954) is a Chicago-area attorney and author originally from Naperville.[1]

Role-playing games[edit]

Bingle graduated from the University of Chicago.[1] In the late 1980s, he was the top-ranked player in the Role-Playing Network, while his wife, Linda, was ranked number two.[1] Bingle is most well known for being the top-ranked player in the RPGA for the majority of the 1990s. The Bingles began the company 54°40' Orphyte to publish role-playing books, including two Timemaster adventures, and supported the line with RPGA tournaments for a while.[2] As of the end of 2004, Bingle had played in 500 tournaments using 50 different game systems.[3]

He has also produced a large body of writing, including contributions to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2nd Edition), and his novel Forced Conversion,[4][5][6] which was released in November 2004 and centers around a futuristic society that has the ability to upload the entire contents of people's minds into virtual worlds.[3]

Don also authored a number of character-provided events for the RPGA, including "Don't Go There" with Saul Resiknoff, and "The Modern Pirate Game" with Tim White.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 McRoberts, Flynn (August 28, 1988). "Fantasies come true: Game fair leads players through a labyrinth of fun", [[wikipedia:Chicago Tribune|]].
  2. Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Klingensmith, Dawn (December 9, 2004). "Local Artisan: Donald J. Bingle, St. Charles". The Sun (Naperville). Retrieved October 5, 2012.  – via [[wikipedia:HighBeam Research|]] (subscription required)
  4. Baruch Yackley, Rachel (November 5, 2004). "Lawyer-writer-gamer: St. Charles man leads triple life", Daily Herald.
  5. Steinberg, Bruce (November 7, 2007). "Adding another dimension to the written word", Daily Herald, p. 6.
  6. D'Ammassa, Don (January 2005). "Forced Conversion", Chronicle 27 (1): 19.

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