Ford Ivey

Founder and Owner

Ford Ivey is the founder and owner of Legacy Game Systems. Sometimes referred to as the Grandfather of NERO, Ford has created several live action role-playing (LARP) games, including NERO International, Shandlin's Ferry, Wildlands, The Isles, a live version of Call of Cthulhu, and The Osiris Sanction. Ford is the recipient and namesake of the LARPY Lifetime Achievement award, and was the LARP Guest of Honor at the Origins Game Fair in July 2007.

Ford has been playing role-playing games since the 1970s when he attended the University of Texas.

In 2008, Ford started working with Aidrian O’Connor on a new game concept called “The Osiris Sanction”. It is a real-time, real-space game, designed to be played at any time and leading to a “virtual” encounter with denizens of a virtual reality. In working on this game, Ford and Aidrian became aware that there was no good way to do gun combat; paintball was too messy, airsoft was very hit-or-miss, and laser tag was just not ready for the type of game they envisioned. Aidrian left the team at this point, and Ford continued, finding a laser tag solution that proved to be very expensive.

Ford's dream to have electronics track all the points of the players (much like a video game does in a console game) became his focus, as he saw that the hardware was now available capable of doing this. Thus the Legacy Project was born with the intention of designing a game system that could take LARP and general gaming to a new, immersive level. It has led to a full system capable of tracking all hits and effects--capable of being adapted to any game! This revolutionary hardware will be available in the summer of 2016.