In Memoriam

I have been a gamer for many, many years. I remember the early days of gaming when it was all new and there were no clichés.  Time, of course, marches ever onward and slowly the people who gave us this wonderful hobby are starting to leave us. 

Sadly, this page will only grow more crowded in time. Other gaming giants are now in their sixties and seventies which is itself a sobering thought. I own some game manuals that are older than many of my opponents. At the advanced age of 52, I am something of a grey-bearded veteran myself. It is perhaps for this reason I felt it necessary to include this section of the site.




Loren Wiseman Loren K. Wiseman
(1951 - Feb 15, 2017)
Aged 65 Years

Mr. Wiseman co-founded Games Designers’ Workshop (GDW) with Frank Chadwick, Rich Banner and Marc Miller. At the time, RPGs were a new idea, and GDW's masterwork - Traveller - set the standard for science fiction RPGs and was the “go-to” ruleset for people wanting to role-play science fiction settings. Mr. Wiseman being credited with setting a lot of the early “feel” of the game. Traveller is considered the forerunner to many of today’s SciFi RPGs. He served as editor of GDW’s publications supporting Traveller for 77 issues. In addition, Mr. Wiseman became line editor for the WWIII-themed Twilight 2000 RPG following its publication in 1984. His adventure module Twilight: 2000 Going Home won an Origins Award in 1986 as “One of the Best Games of the Year.”

Following GDW’s dissolution in 1996, Mr. Wiseman was brought on as art director and line editor at Steve Jackson Games (SJG) where he created the new version of Traveller using SJG’s GURPS ruleset in 1998. He continued to contribute to the product line with his writing and editing. He was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 2003. He died on February 15, 2017 of cardiac arrest.




Dave Hargrave David A. Hargrave 
(May 25, 1946 - August 29, 1988)
Aged 42 Years

Dave Hargrave, known as The Dream Weaver, was a prolific and sometimes controversial game designer and writer of fantasy and science fiction role-playing games. He was also an Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War with a six-year tour of duty (in country). Hargrave's most notable written works were based upon his own mythical world of Arduin.

From the mid-1970s through 1988 David A. Hargrave was very active in the role-playing community. He authored ten books based upon this Arduin game world. Hargrave also produced four Arduin Dungeon Modules and several fantasy item collections, which were published by Grimoire Games.

Dave Hargrave created the Arduin setting and supplements for D&D, died of complications stemming from exposure to Agent Orange on August 29,1988 at the age of 42.




J. (John) Andrew Keith
(August 31, 1958 – August 7, 1999)
Aged 40 Years
J. Andrew Keith, along with his brother William H. Keith wrote most of the Traveller canon for GDW under a variety of names. He died unexpectedly at the age of 40. He was very fond of cats and any donation to an animal benevolent society would be an especially appropriate gesture.



Ernest Gary Gygax 
(July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) 
Aged 69 Years

Gary is, of course, best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson, and co-founding the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR, Inc.) with Don Kaye in 1974, Gary Gygax is generally acknowledged as the father of the role-playing game.

Gygax died the morning of March 4, 2008, at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He was in semi-retirement, having almost suffered a heart attack after receiving incorrect medication to prevent further strokes after those on April 1 and May 4, 2004. He was diagnosed with an inoperable abdominal aortic aneurysm. Even while his health failed, gaming remained very much a part of his life. Gygax was still active in the gaming community and had active Q & A forums on gaming websites such as Dragonsfoot and EN World.

"I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with everybody else." - E. Gary Gygax




Robert E. Bledsaw
(May 18, 1942 – April 19, 2008)
Aged 65 Years
Bob Bledsaw succumbed peacefully to cancer in the home of his son, surrounded by family. 

In 1976, with partner Bill Owen, founded The Judges Guild Game Company of Decatur, manufacturers of role-playing games and supplies. Through this venture, he became known world-wide as an author and pioneer of Fantasy Gaming, and president of the company.




Erick Wujcik
(January 26, 1951 – June 7, 2008)
Aged 57 Years

Erick Wujcik, passed away June 7, 2008. He died from complications related to pancreatic and liver cancer. 

Erick Wujcik designed The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® RPG, Ninjas & Superspies™, Mystic China™,Revised RECON®, and many others. He is also famous for Amber® Diceless, the first truly “diceless” role-playing game, published under Erick’s own label, Phage Press. Erick also published Amberzine® and founded Ambercon™, a series of conventions celebrating gaming, friendship and the world of Amber, hosted at numerous locations around the world.

Erick got his start in the gaming business working for Bob Bledsaw - It's a small hobby




Dave Arneson
(October 1, 1947 – April 7, 2009)
Aged 61 Years

Dave Arneson died of cancer on April 7, 2009 at the age of 61. Dave pretty much invented modern fantasy gaming. He was the principal developer of the original Chainmail rules that formed the basis of the original D&D (co-created with Gary Gygax). 

Arneson suffered a stroke in early 2002. He recovered and continued his work. Arneson continued to play games, including D&D, military miniatures, and an annual meeting to play the original Blackmoor in Minnesota. He received numerous industry awards for his part in creating Dungeons & Dragons and role-playing games.

On April 5, 2009 he entered hospice suffering with complications from cancer - he passed during the night on April 7, 2009.

Whether you're a lifelong D&D player or a newcomer to RPGs, a traditional paper-and-pencil gamer, a fantasy or science fiction wargamer or an online role-player, we all owe a great debt of thanks to Dave Arneson and his groundbreaking Blackmoor game.




David F. Tepool 
(October 20, 1954 - May 28, 2009)
Aged 54 Years

David F. Tepool, 54, of Newburgh, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital due to complications related to cardiac arrest.

David F. Tepool was co-author of the FASA RPG and was the creator of the much-loved Star Trek Starship Tactical Combat Simulator. 

David's work on Star Trek, particularly the creation of the ship combat game, was something of which he was very proud, and it always pleased him that so many people still play and enjoy the game, even though it is long, long out of print. David's colleagues tried many times to coax David into returning to design work but never managed to talk him into it.

I hope those of you who have enjoyed his work will continue to play and have fun with it for years to come. Having you remember him in your thoughts when you do would mean a lot to him.




Charles S. Roberts
The Father of Modern Wargaming
(1930 - August 20, 2010)
Aged 80 Years

Charles Swann Roberts, an author and co-founder of publishing company Barnard, Roberts and Co. Inc. known for his extensive histories of the Pennsylvania Railroad, died Aug. 20 from complications of emphysema and pneumonia at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 80.
 
In 1958, he founded Avalon Hill Co., a Baltimore game publishing company that specialized in war and other mental combat games such as "D-Day," "Stalingrad," "Battle of the Bulge," "Gettysburg" and "Victory in the Pacific."



 


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