Saturday, August 14, 2021

RIP Steve Perrin


I was sorry to hear of the passing of Steve Perrin this past Thursday. As was fitting, most of the game industry learned of it through the obituary Chaosium Inc. posted on its website, as that is the company most associated with his work. Also a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Perrin brought his first games, the boardgame White Bear & Red Moon and the RPG RuneQuest, to Chaosium, which published them in ’76 and ’78. Although Perrin only remained employed by Chaosium for a few years, his work is inextricably linked with the company as he developed or contributed to the RPGS,  Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, Worlds of Wonder , SuperWorld, Elfquest and many others, over 125 at least. If you played an RPG during the 1980s, chances are it was influenced by his work. Over the next 30 years, he worked in both the tabletop and computer gaming industry, recently returning to Chaosium as a creative consultant. Saying goodbye is never easy but the world is better for having had Steve Perrin in it.


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