I know, I know. It sometimes seems like half the posts on this blog are about one sort of tragedy or another. Such things are a part of life, and as the gaming industry gets older, we’re going to lose more and more of our founders and heroes. It’s good to take a moment to remember them, especially when they’re still with us and can appreciate it.
Bob Bledsaw, president and co-founder of the Judges Guild, has terminal cancer with only a short while left to him. The Judge’s Guild published the first ever D&D adventures, before TSR (the game’s first publisher) got around to doing them. This included the legendary City State of the Invincible Overlord, which sparked many adventures in my teenage years.
This note from Bob’s eldest son comes by way of James Mishler, although I’ve added the hyperlinks:
Dear Guildmembers and Fellow Gamers,
It is with deepest regret that I announce that the Judges Guild’s President, Bob Bledsaw has been struggling against terminal cancer, and has but a short time left with us. He is in good spirits, with house in order, and is ready to begin “the Great Adventure,” as he calls it.
For those of you who have been awaiting new products; it may take some time. The Guild will go through some changes as it is passed to his three sons. They have only begun to go through his writings and unfinished works, which there is much of. They do not plan to close or reduce the Guild, and will do their best to honor any existing contracts, and persue new product ventures, as time allows.
Calls, cards and flowers are not needed, but prayers for Bob, or a pause for reflection on a time when the Guild brought you some joy, is very much appreciated. Bob loved to see happy faces around the game-table, and doesn’t wish to sadden anyone with his passing. His family and friends wish to thank everyone for all the support offered, but nothing can help this situation.
As Bob would say, “Sometimes even the Dungeon Master could use a Saving Throw.”
Bob Bledsaw Jr.