Leonard Boyarsky

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For the murderous scientist exiled from Vault City, see Leonard Boyarsky (character).
Leonard Boyarsky
Biographical data
other namesLeon Boyarsky
Involvement in Fallout series
Fallout 2
External links
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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 becaming the lead artist on Stonekeep. This eventually lead to his becaming 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.

Currently, after Troika's demise, Leon Boyarsky is working at Blizzard Entertainment on Diablo III as a Lead World Designer.


  • 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. - RPG Codex forum

Employment history

19982005Troika Games
2005PresentBlizzard Entertainment


Fallout series

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

Other work

YearTitleCredited as/for
2011Diablo III [1]
2004Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
2001Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
1993Unnatural Selection
1992Castles II: Siege and Conquest

Behind the scenes

  • Leonard was the person responsible for Fallout's famous ending involving the Vault Dweller's exile into the desert.
  • He came up with the alternate flag of the United States with 14 stars and the initial idea for 13 super-states, but the idea was further developed only by J. E. Sawyer during the development of Van Buren.
  • A character mentioned in Fallout 2 is named after him. He is mentioned by Lynette and his grave can be found in Golgotha.


Fallout concept art:

External links


  1. GameSpy: Diablo III: Deep in Hell with Leonard Boyarsky

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