Tom Cleaver is a game designer and electrical engineering professor from Louisville, Kentucky. While teaching students by day, he designs games by night. His first published board games were Swordplay and The Conquest of Space. Later he turned to computer game design, specifically Galaxy! and Darkhorn, both published by Avalon Hill. He has now returned to board game design with the 2014 AEG publication of Valley of the Kings. He regularly attends Origins and GenCon where he hosts his games and hangs out at the AEG booth.