Farewell, Steve Perrin, SCA co-founder and creator of RuneQuest | Boing Boing


On Friday, roleplaying game publishers, Chaosium, posted the sad news that tabletop roleplaying game designer, Steve Perrin, had left this earthly plane. He was 75 years old.

Steve was one of the true pioneers of roleplaying games. He was the creator of the iconic RuneQuest and contributed to Call of the Cthulhu. He also created Worlds of Wonder, Superworld, the Stormbringer and Elfquest RPGs, and contributed to Thieves' World and other Chaosium titles. On top of all of that, Steve is also remembered as a co-founder of the Medieval living history organization, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

When the world of roleplaying games was still waiting to be born, you and your closest friends conjured up the Society for Creation Anachronism (SCA) from the realms of your collective imagination. Bump, bump, bump down the stairs, indeed. Shortly thereafter Steve and his wife Luise joined the fledging Chaosium as it spread its draconic wings in the mid-1970s with White Bear & Red Moon, and a little known RPG called RuneQuest, born on the 4th of July in 1976. 

When the world of roleplaying games was still waiting to be born, you and your closest friends conjured up the Society for Creation Anachronism (SCA) from the realms of your collective imagination. Bump, bump, bump down the stairs, indeed. Shortly thereafter Steve and his wife Luise joined the fledging Chaosium as it spread its draconic wings in the mid-1970s with White Bear & Red Moon, and a little known RPG called RuneQuest, born on the 4th of July in 1976. 

Steve's canny understanding of gaming mechanics and Luise's artistic vision helped forge an iconic game still played around the world today.

But a few hours ago we learned that Steve was taken from us, even as he worried that his beloved Luise's health situation was more dire than his. He was a loving and devoted partner to the end. 

To sum up all that Steve was to the Chaosium family cannot be typed up in a few sentences. 

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