Joshua Eric Sawyer (also known as J.E. Sawyer) is a video game designer active in the role playing game genre. He grew up in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, the son of Linda Sawyer and sculptor Gerald P. Sawyer. He earned a BA degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition to being a history major, Josh participated in the theatre (including mounting a production of Assassins). After Lawrence, Sawyer moved to California.
Starting as a Web Designer at Black Isle Studios, he quickly worked his way up the ladder to an associate designer position and then lead designer on Icewind Dale II.
While at Black Isle he was known for coming up with the "Ex-Presidents" project naming system. When Interplay closed down Black Isle Studios many team members ended up at Obsidian Entertainment, which would eventually come to include J.E. Sawyer.
In November of 2003 it was reported by Tor Thorsen of GameSpot that he had abruptly quit his role as lead designer of Fallout 3 to pursue other projects.
On July 19, 2005 GameSpot announced that he had left Midway's Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, and was already employed by Obsidian Entertainment to work on Neverwinter Nights 2. He was preceded in that move by memorable game designer John Romero, who left work on the Gauntlet remake in June 2005. He was the Project Director and Lead Designer on the canceled Aliens RPG.
He was the Project Director and Lead Designer of Fallout: New Vegas.
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