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Steve Henderson Dies

According to Steve Perrin, Steve Henderson passed away from a massive stroke this morning, leaving behind his wife Gigi and their young son Alexander. I didn’t know Steve at all, but we had many mutual friends.

Steve co-authored RuneQuest (the original Glorantha roleplaying game) and Worlds of Wonder (the first universal roleplaying game) along with Steve Perrin, Lynn Willis, and Greg Stafford. He helped start the Society for Creative Anachronism. He also ran the dealers’ room at DunDraCon for the past decade or so.

So here’s to one of the greats, who was taken from us too soon. He contributed more to the adventure gaming hobby than most will ever know, but his influence will be felt for decades to come.

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  1. This is sad news indeed. I just got a copy of Worlds of Wonder from an ebay auction. I have always had an obsession with Superhero RPGs (gotta get ’em all) and it was neat to see Superworld lite along with basic rules for Scifi and fantasy.

    Seems like a lot of the pioneers of rpg gaming are having a rough time. J. Eric Holmes, who wrote the first Basic Set for D&D, had a stroke a while back. Heck, I don’t even know if he is still around. I just read his book on Fantasy Role Playing Games and I wanted to write to thank him for turning D&D into a game I could understand when I was young.

  2. This is sad news indeed. I just got a copy of Worlds of Wonder from an ebay auction. I have always had an obsession with Superhero RPGs (gotta get ’em all) and it was neat to see Superworld lite along with basic rules for Scifi and fantasy.

    Seems like a lot of the pioneers of rpg gaming are having a rough time. J. Eric Holmes, who wrote the first Basic Set for D&D, had a stroke a while back. Heck, I don’t even know if he is still around. I just read his book on Fantasy Role Playing Games and I wanted to write to thank him for turning D&D into a game I could understand when I was young.

  3. It’s indeed a sad day. While I never played RuneQuest, I did read a few Glorantha books. Who knows, Steve and I may have crossed paths at a convention in the past.

    The RPG hobby is 30 years old. We’re going to start losing more and more founding members as the years go by…

  4. It’s indeed a sad day. While I never played RuneQuest, I did read a few Glorantha books. Who knows, Steve and I may have crossed paths at a convention in the past.

    The RPG hobby is 30 years old. We’re going to start losing more and more founding members as the years go by…

  5. Too true, Christian and Marc. (Hi Marc! Long time, no see!) Many of the people who started the hobby are in their 60s or older now, and not all of them were the healthiest people to begin with. It’s important we try to remember them now, before they’re gone, for all the good they’ve done for us and the hobby.

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    Too true, Christian and Marc. (Hi Marc! Long time, no see!) Many of the people who started the hobby are in their 60s or older now, and not all of them were the healthiest people to begin with. It’s important we try to remember them now, before they’re gone, for all the good they’ve done for us and the hobby.

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