Lebling was actively engaged in developing residential land parcels for home builders. Furthermore, they invest in commercial investment properties as well as manage them themselves.
He was one of the implementors who created Dungeon, the mainframe adventure game that eventually evolved into Zork I-III for Infocom. Additionally, he wrote Enchanter, Starcross Spellbreaker and The Lurking Horror for Infocom.
Early Life and Education
At Infocom, Lebling collaborated or assisted in writing eight games, including the Zork mini-franchise. Additionally, he worked solo on numerous titles like Starcross and Spellbreaker before co-creating James Clavell’s Shogun as one of the last titles produced before its demise.
The Lurking Horror is an engaging tribute to H. P. Lovecraft, even if it never fully commits to its spirit of horror. The game takes the form of a paper due at “GUE Tech”, an analogue for MIT, due at the end of each semester.
The Lurking Horror cleverly blends this approach with elements from Mythos mythology, adding William Gibson-inspired cyberpunk into its mix (it was released the same year as Neuromancer). This novel blend anticipated an entire subgenre of gaming!
At Suburban Trust Company in Montgomery County, the developer first worked as a loan officer before ultimately rising to become the director of commercial construction department.
Lebling began taking basic computer programming courses while at MIT to fill an available time slot in his schedule, and quickly became fascinated with Colossal Cave Adventure – a text-based adventure game where users interacted with its world through words alone. Lebling and Marc Blank would eventually go on to develop seven more highly acclaimed text-only titles before creating one of the pioneering businesses for interactive gaming, Infocom.
Students Brooklyn Shuck and Carly Gold both made their Broadway debuts this year! Carly appeared as Small Allison in the Broadway National Tour of FUN HOME while Brooklyn appeared on EVIL and THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Lebling was one of Infocom’s main writers during its heyday when computer gaming giant Zork was as revered and iconic as ever, writing games such as Leather Goddesses of Phobos which featured an advanced parsing function which allowed users to interact with and alter its storyline.
Reeve was also responsible for co-writing Zork I, II and III as well as Enchanter, Spellbreaker, Starcross Suspect, The Lurking Horror by James Clavell as well as being admitted into Science Fiction Writers of America for interactive fiction writing. He was one of the earliest writers accepted into that organization.
After Infocom had closed, he continued as a designer on Avid story editing systems and home-based multi-media web services for Ucentric. He was also involved in developing voice-and-touch-driven medical advice systems such as Gensym.
Lebling is known for his dedication to charitable work as well. He co-founded CharityWorks foundation which raises funds for smaller nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, Lebling supports Fisher House Foundation and St John’s Opportunity Shop as well as owning a mansion in Potomac Maryland from where he hosts lavish charity parties.
Lebling’s most personal game and, perhaps, most Lovecraftian attempt was The Lurking Horror, yet he managed to refrain from overusing Lovecraft’s iconic language and imagery.
Lebling has since continued writing games after Infocom’s dissolution in 1989, including Hodj ‘n’ Podj and Spellbreaker for Legend Software owned by Bob Bates. He currently lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife.
At present, he serves as EVP/CEO of Lebling Development LLC, which specializes in both commercial real estate development and residential land development for national builder accounts. Furthermore, he participates in the purchase and sale of investment property.
Legend at MIT tells of an MIT student who couldn’t study due to all the noise and partying of dorm life; so instead he locked himself away in an underground cubbyhole near radiators for peace and study, known as The Tomb of Unknown Tool.
No one should be surprised that game designer Marc Sautter boasts a net worth of $5 Million, having amassed much wealth through hard work and dedication towards his work. Sautter collaborated with Douglas Adams on Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which remains one of the most beloved videogames ever.