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This made me really sad. I just found out that Joe Dever passed away today at the age of 60.
I must have been around ten when I started reading fantasy and loved reading the stories of Belgarion, Lord of the Rings but most of all the Lone Wolf series. A book also being a game blew my mind and I loved it!
I'm pretty sure stumbling across the Swedish translation of "Ensamma Vargen" as a kid lead me on the path of shaping much of what I do and love today. The books influenced me to learn programming in my pre-teens, writing code in Basic to create simple games where you can choose your own destiny (a skill I get to use every once in a while at work today when I need to write some simple VBA in MS Office). I'm pretty sure his books had something to do with me falling in love with Magic (Revised Edition) as a 13-year old and all the games I have enjoyed since.
I read in a Swedish forum that he used to come to a local games convention here in Göteborg and all who met him seem to have found him very friendly.
Thank you for your work Joe, you will be missed.
- Last edited Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:10 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:10 pm
I was very sad to hear this news too - the Lone Wolf books were some of my first introductions to the world of roleplaying, and I still get a great deal of joy out of them. I had heard via kickstarter updates that he was not well, but I didn't realize that it was as serious as this. A very sad day indeed.
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I don't want happiness by halves, nor is half of sorrow what I want. Yet there's a pillow I would share, where gently pressed against a cheek like a helpless star, a falling star, a ring glimmers on the finger of a hand.
Same. A lot of my childhood was spent adventuring through his worlds. Too bad.
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A very sad surprise. Condolences to Joe's friends and family. Winner of the US AD&D Championships in 1982 and creator of the first gamebook series with a continuing story and an interesting, lived-in world. With his blessing, all the original Lone Wolf books are available to play online for free at Project Aon.