This saddens me and I am just sad. The world went a little darker. But I know Steve would want me/us to carry on and think of the good times. He’s such a kind soul with a big heart. His rules changed my life. I defended the Tin Inn and went into Snake Pipe in the early 80s and never looked back or stopped.
I met Steve about 4 years ago when I ran the RQ quickstarter for Free RPG Day in Garden Grove CA. He strolled into Brookhurst Hobbies, with his familiar hat, and I was so excited. Then I was like, oh man, I hope I remember the rules, uhh… but he was so cool and down to earth. I remember I wanted to just talk to him more than run the scenario. He hung around after and our whole table just talked with him for over an hour. (It turned out we all lived in about a 10 mile radius from one another in Orange County CA.)
A little later on we started gaming at his friend Marsha’s house or at my friend John’s and that’s when I really started to get to know him. Sometimes we played RQ, play tested his super’s or Urvantan’s tower and other times it was board games. I found out he loved playing naval miniatures which excited me because I do as well. He mentioned he had a load of ships up in the Bay area and we were going to try and get them somehow. He shared the story about the origins of Ducks and the figure maker in the Bay area. I also asked him how Luise came up with the iconic RQ cover, then if he remembered anything about the Sea Cave scenario, and on and on. He was always happy to talk, fun and kind. He was so generous with his invites to game.
He also said one of the funniest things. One time I was running the group through the Foot Print and I used a shoggoth as a chaos creature. He leaned over and asked in a low voice if I ever played RQ with Sandy Peterson… he paused then said, you’re really playing Call of Cthulhu. I started laughing, I mean I wouldn’t know but I thought that was so funny and he was grinning.
I remember Steve always brought a tub of ginger snaps to game night, from Trader Joes to be exact. And he had so many different game nights going on. He also liked desert wine, like moscatos. I think the next time I game in person, we’ll toast to him with a moscato.
And one last memory, Steve loved Luise with all his heart and it was so warming to see. My last conversations with him were trying to help get a truck so we could pick up a special bed for Luise. She was always first and foremost in his mind and she came before anything.
Steve, I miss you man. Your friend Gil.