Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bob Bledsaw RIP

From James Mishler, in the wee hours this morning:
It is with great sadness that I must pass on the news that Robert Bledsaw, founder of Judges Guild, creator of the Wilderlands of High Fantasy, died this morning in Decatur, Illinois.

Bob was at his son's home, surrounded by family and loved ones, and passed on to the Great Adventure peacefully.

Bob was a good man, a creator of worlds, and a great friend.

I will have more details on services and memorials in the morning.
Judges Guild, if that name is new to you, is one of the greatest publishers of D&D material, including stuff for OD&D, AD&D, and 3.x. They also did an excellent Traveller line, stuff for Runequest, and T&T/Monsters! Monsters! In the first edition DMG Gary specifically thanked Bledsaw:
Bob Bledsaw of Judges Guild must also be given credit. He and his associates have certainly contributed to the overall improvement of fantasy adventure gaming, making the undertaking easier and encouraging still more interest in role playing.
Best of luck on your new adventure, Mr. Bledsaw. My condolences to his friends and family.