A couple of different people let me know that N. Robin Crosby, creator of Hârn, died on July 23. The note from his former publishing partner Tom Dagliesh appears below.
I never knew Robin, but I appreciated his work. Hârn was one of the first attempts at creating a non-traditional fantasy world for gaming, and it won many fans over the years.
N. Robin Crossby, 1954-2008
The original creator and writer of HârnWorld passed away on July 23rd after a two year battle with cancer. Robin and I met in 1978 and collaborated over twenty-five years to create, expand, and publish the finest RPG world setting ever written. Over three million words and hundreds of quality maps and illustrations were published.
Towards the end of Robin’s life, a rift developed between us that originated with CGI’s desire to maintain the status quo and Robin’s desire to introduce new elements into Hârn. This rift grew too wide and deep to be bridged. In 2003 we went our separate ways, Robin publishing materials under the name Kelestia Publications. His new work reflected the direction he wished to go with Hârn.
The Crossby family and the RPG world have lost a giant and a genius.
Wander in peace, Robin.
Columbia Games, Inc.