Steve Jackson aka Vargskol Halfblood (born circa 1953 YOLD, 787 CE) was an Ansteorran game designer (GURPS, Illuminati, Munchkin) and publisher (Principia Discordia, Pyramid magazine). He was also founder of Steve Jackson Games which is either a front for the secret society the Illuminati, or a back for The Discordian Society.
Founder of Steve Jackson Games
At a time, however, when there was no end of making game of and abusing secret societies, I planned to make use of this human foible for a real and worthy goal, for the benefit of people. I wished to do what the heads of the ecclesiastical and secular authorities ought to have done by virtue of their offices ...
- Steve Jackson on the creation of Steve Jackson Games
On May day 1980 YOLD (814 CE), Jackson founded "The Order of the Illuminatiscordians of Steve Jackson Games," legally named Steve Jackson Games. This was in the Sovereign and Independent Republic of Ansteorra (translation: "Texas"). He adopted the name of "Vargskol Halfblood, first Baron of Broywn Glawde of the Kingdome of Ansteorra of the Worlde of Yrth, Registered Trademark". Even encyclopedia references vary on the goal of the order. The New Adventure claims the Order was not egalitarian or democratic internally, and sought to promote the doctrines of equality and freedom throughout society; while others like Collie's Encyclopedia have said the aim was to combat religion and foster rationalism in its place. Still others say he wanted to make games.
The actual character of the society is an elaborate network of spies and counter-spies. These operate as individuals and cells under various names such as the Adepts of Hermes, the Bermuda Triangle, the Gnomes of Zürich, The Network, and The Ogres of G.E.V. But they are officially known as the Men in Black, Each isolated cell of initiates reported to a superior, whom they did not know: a party structure that was effectively adopted by some later groups.