I am heartbroken. The news reached many of us today of Greg Stafford's passing yesterday while in his sweat lodge, in commune with his beliefs and forces of the universe.
'Gloranthadaddy' as I called him was the single most important influence in my becoming an RPG publisher. I bought RuneQuest back in the early 80's and was enthralled, and a little intimidated, by the sheer detail of his world Glorantha (I say 'his' world but surely it was less invention and more discovery by Greg who then proceeded to share his visions).
His company, Chaosium Inc, is my go to firm for gaming and i have been proud and honoured to work for them on many of thier Call of Cthulhu titles. The wyvern bends it's head low today.
I once had the chance to game with Greg rather than just chat at Continuum. It was a rare visit to the UK by Greg and it was the first time we had physically met. I had drawn the maps for his own personal Pendragon page and we had gotten chatting.
My huge regret was that when he offered me a seat at his Pendragon game, I turned him down. I was about to run Call of Cthulhu and had a full table and didnt want to let anyone down. I felt terrible but he understood.
I'll admit to shedding some tears today. He was my real life Merlin. My heart breaks for his wife Suzanne, his family, his friends, and for a future of mythic tales without him.
No doubt he is currently arranging the heavens above Glorantha to his own personal preference and asking Orlanth the storm god to keep the noise down.
Thank you Mr Stafford for showing me a wider mythic universe and the magic within it. X