French role-playing game developer
Country: France

  1. Biography of Krok
  2. Creative Works

Biography of Krok

Krok, a French role-playing game developer, is the pseudonym of a French game developer. His games are released under the editorial direction of the company 'Siroz' (a homophone of the French word 'cirrhose', meaning 'cirrhosis'), which is now renamed 'Asmodée éditions'. Krok first met the founders of 'Sirroz' in the mid-1980s at the '20 Naturel' club for role-playing game enthusiasts, when he was still a high school student. The American game 'In Nomine' is based on his game 'In Nomine Satanis/Magna Veritas'. Krok's first game was 'Bitume' ('Asphalt' in French), a post-apocalyptic game in the style of 'Mad Max'. The game revolves around a cataclysmic event caused by the impact of the comet Galley, resulting in the collapse of civilization.

Creative Works

In 1988, Krok created the world of 'Animonde', where animals replace technology (for example, crabs act as door hinges, and mantis legs serve as swords). In 'In Nomine Satanis/Magna Veritas', the modern world becomes the battleground between heaven and hell, resembling a war between two gangs or secret services. Players can take on the role of either an angel or a demon, with no significant difference between them.

'Heavy Metal', released in 1991, presents a futuristic world where a massive wall separates the wealthy inhabitants of the North from the impoverished residents of southern Africa. Society is ruthlessly controlled by an organization called 'URC' (Unités de répression cybernétiques, meaning 'Cybernetic Repression Units'). Players can choose to be either a robot from 'URC' or a rebel who has climbed the barricades. As the robots interact with humans, they start acquiring human emotions and consciousness.

'Bloodlust', released in 1991, presents a fantasy world inspired by characters like Conan and Elric. In this world, gods transform themselves into deadly weapons with magical powers and coexist and interact with humans.

'Stella Inquisitorus' is a space opera novel based on the game 'In Nomine Satanis/Magna Veritas', set in the year 6993. The game 'Scales' (1994) takes place in the modern world, where players and dragons coexist through reincarnation, denying their nature and gradually discovering their powers.

'Nightprowler' (1995) is a fantasy game dedicated to thieves and assassins. The situation in the game 'C.O.P.S.' (2003) is similar to the movie 'Escape from L.A.' by John Carpenter. In the early 21st century, all American criminals are sent to California, and the state declares its independence, naming itself 'Land of Freedom'. By 2030, a powerful police organization is created to combat this abuse of freedom and rectify the criminal situation. Characters become members of this organization called 'C.O.P.S.' ('Central Organization for Public Security'). This game is sometimes referred to as the 'fourth edition' of 'Berlin XVIII', a game with a social and political context set in Berlin.

Krok has also translated the game 'Car Wars' and the game system 'GURPS' into French. He has been involved in the development of 'Le Livre des cinq anneaux', the French version of the game 'Legend of the Five Rings'.