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Old 08-25-2020, 10:46 AM   #1
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I must sadly report that Vance W. Terrell, my close friend and one of the best gamers in both GURPS and the former AD&D 3e, died on August 14th. He was 55, and had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and then apparently was attacked by an extremely rapidly developing cancer. His death was both very sudden and quite unexpected. He brought me into the RPG world back in 1984 under AD&D which he had begun playing soon after it first came out, and we switched to GURPS in 1988 shortly before 3e came out. As both a DM & GM his worlds were creative, entertaining, thought provoking, memorable fun, and never merely hack & slash, although there was sufficient combat. His campaigns ranged from the traditional Sword & Sorcery, through a Modern series based on Peter Saxon's Guardian series (The Killing Bone, Dark Ways of Death, The Haunting of Alan Mais, Vampires of Finistere & The Curse of Rathlaw), a late Victorian age "weird tales", to a far future "space marines rescue mission," and lately a Sword & Sorcery/Aliens mix set on an alternate Yurth. I and my gaming group will miss him greatly.
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Old 08-25-2020, 10:50 AM   #2
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I'm very sorry to hear about your GM and your friend. This year has been terrible for so many people.
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Old 08-25-2020, 11:05 AM   #3
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Thank you. I agree 2020 has been horrendous.
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Old 08-25-2020, 12:05 PM   #4
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You have my sympathy. Losing a friend is never easy.
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Old 08-25-2020, 12:16 PM   #5
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My condolences.
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Old 08-25-2020, 12:24 PM   #6
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My condolences. It's hard to lose a friend.
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Old 08-25-2020, 12:54 PM   #7
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Thank you all!
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Old 08-25-2020, 01:37 PM   #8
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My condolences.
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Old 08-25-2020, 01:55 PM   #9
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My dearest condolencs. An early and sudden death is always sad and doubly so in a niche game system of a niche hobby. I hope you'll always be able to cherish the good memories of him (of which you obviously have many).

Maybe having a memorial game session or expressing your feelings through another medium (writing about your favourite adventure or making a map of the campaign) can help you and your fellow players deal?

I lost a friend and fellow player quite early in life and am still sad that we had nearly nothing to help remember the good times - another group he played with even burned his character sheet after they let his character die. I'd love to have a campaign log of those adventures...
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Old 08-25-2020, 04:13 PM   #10
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My condolences, Night-Hunter. As said by others above, losing a friend is always very hard.
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