This e-mail was sent to me on Oct. 18th. In my opinion every author, game creator, & artist that helps fuel the industry to make peoples lives full of joy or at least a litle bit better should be noticed. This man may not be as well known as Gygax or Arneson, but deserves respect just as much.
A message from Thunderegg Productions:
So yesterday Zach’s wife, Katie, posted that Zach passed away on Monday night. Zach was an RPG writer who focused on solo gaming. His books include BOLD (the Book of Legendary Deeds) and UNE (the Universal NPC Emulator), plus more. He was a member of this board who posted under the name Ravious.
Zach fought esophageal cancer for a long time, even though he knew it was terminal. Back in August he went into hospice care and toughed it out for two whole months before succumbing. You might remember the Zach Best Family Benefit Bundle from August. Many, many publishers and gamers turned out to support the Bests.
For 10 bucks you paid for Zach’s Book, a title with Zach set up to receive all of the sales (minus drivethru’s commission), and you got something like 250 bucks worth of games in return. As a community you propelled Zach’s Book to the number 2 spot on the charts and lifted his spirit. Zach really appreciated the support.
The bundle only lasted for a week, but Zach’s book remains up for sale, and will indefinitely, as a pay-what-you-want title. Anyone who wants to donate to the family can do so in whatever amount you choose, by picking up Zach’s Book here. Zach’s titles were all published under the name Conjecture Games, and they are quite good. You can buy them, too
Thanks again for all the support.