Damn Awful Day

First, Al Qaeda bombs London. Solidarity to my friends across the Pond. Our hearts are with you.

Then, I find out that my friend Scott Haring was in a horrible auto accident with his family, that cost the life of his 12-year-old stepson. Scott, for those who don’t know, has been in the gaming industry as an editor and designer for decades. I’ve only worked with him professionally a few times—notably on my only published review for his own magazine, the now-defunct The Gamer. He’s currently back with Steve Jackson Games, as their e23 editor. Put simply, Scott’s a wonderful editor and a solid guy.

Scott was single when I first met him, and for many years after. I remember jawing with him at a convention, about his then-soon-to-be wife. He just shone with love for her and for her kids. He was honored and overjoyed to be a part of that family, and to have part of it taken away so randomly boggles the mind. My heart goes out to him and his wife and their son Porter. I can only imagine the pain at their loss, but even those thoughts are hard to bear.

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