The esteemed game designer Erick Wujcik passed away during the weekend.
He had been ill for a long time, so it did not come as a surprise, but nevertheless, it is sad.
Wujcik is remembered for his work with Palladium Press, on Paranoia, and above all, on Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game. It is a pioneering work and surprisingly enduring – the game has been out of print for over fifteen years, and it still has a lively, active fanbase that most game companies can only dream of.
Wujcik visited Finland for Ropecon 2004. I never met him or heard him speak. Back then, I had no idea of Amber, a certain dislike of Palladium Press and really no idea who the man was. I do, however, have a dim and possibly incorrect recollection of him running a game on the other end of the hall when I was playing my first game of Living Greyhawk.
Nevertheless, in 2007, the first entry of Roolipelikirja was Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game, though written by my associate Kaj Sotala.
I still haven’t read the game, though it has long been on the list of books to acquire. Me being a bibliophile with a love of hardcopies and Amber being some sixteen years out of print, however, has made this something of an eternity project.
It has been a grim year for game designers, thus far, with first Gary, then the Judges Guild founder Robert Bledsaw back in April, and now Erick Wujcik.
Let’s hope the rest of the year is brighter. Rest in peace, Erick Wujcik.