Scott Bennie, writer, producer and designer of multiple video games and tabletop role-playing games, has died at 61 due to complications from pneumonia. facebook page.
While you may not recognize Scott Bennie by name, you may know some of his work. In the 1990s, he worked as a producer and designer at Interplay, working on two volumes of The Lord of the Rings, as well as the strategy simulation game Castles and Castles: Battle of the North. His other Interplay works primarily as a writer include the Star Trek games Starfleet Academy, Ritual of Judgment, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Starfleet Command and Starfleet Command 2, and Castle 2: Siege and Conquest, and Original Fallout.
published in Steemit In 2017, Bennie was humble about his contributions to the classic RPG, saying: “I don’t have much to do with Fallout. Some maps, some parts of the Hub and some system messages. And the mysterious stranger Perk. I give Dogmeat came up with a name—if there’s one thing that’s enduring my writing career, it’s that dog’s name.”
Bennie’s other video game titles include Descent, Descent to Undermountain, Stonekeep, Champions of Norrath, and an enhanced CD-ROM version of the original SimCity. He’s also a prolific tabletop RPG designer, working on Dungeons & Dragons, Champions, Marvel Super Heroes, Mutants & Masterminds, and adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and World of Warcraft Works Wrote supplements and adventures.
In addition to developing the Champions tabletop game (for which he created the Gestalt-Earth setting), Bennie is well known in the community for his MMO version, Champions Online, in which he plays a superhero named Thundrax.in a Eulogy posted to Facebookwrote former Interplay employee Jesse Heinig: “For a lot of people, cosplay is an opportunity to try a different role, but for Scott, Thundrax looked like ‘what if Scott had superpowers’ ‘ He’s kind, thoughtful, helpful, all qualities Scott has.”
On Twitter, game developers who worked with Bennie wrote eulogies praising his writing and his kindness and wisdom.
The whole Champions and Cryptic family is saddened by Scott Bennie, aka Thundrax, longtime designer of the Pen and Paper Champions game and avid CO player. Rest in peace Scott, we will miss you so much. pic.twitter.com/wACrE3k3qIMarch 29, 2022
I am so saddened to hear that Scott Benny passed away today. He’s a fantastic writer and has worked with us at Interplay on some true classics like Star Trek: Ritual and Starfleet Academy. RIP. https://t.co/fkCSVYDdFIMarch 30, 2022
My friend and former colleague, game designer Scott Bennie, died of complications from pneumonia. His champion work is groundbreaking. I want him to know that people respect him.March 29, 2022
My dear friend Robert “Scott” Benny died of pneumonia. He is a great game designer and writer. I will miss him.March 29, 2022
Scott Benny is an old friend of mine. We’re creative geniuses, and we’re contributors to Rogues Gallery, a fanzine of hero games. But I have long admired his work. For decades, he battled ill health and depression. 1/3 https://t.co/oAicElz034March 29, 2022
Waking up to the sad but expected news of Scott Benny’s passing. He’s a genius RPG creator (desktop and PC) and a friend for almost 30 years. Life was cruel to his body, but his words soared like his superhero Thundrax. His Gestalt-Earth, for Champions is still great. 1/March 29, 2022
Sad to hear of the passing of my old friend Scott Bennie, whom I met in the early 1990s through a wonderful, tight-knit community of hero game designers. He’s a sharp person, full of ingenious ideas, and meeting him at a conference is always the highlight of the week.March 29, 2022
I’m sad to report – for those who haven’t heard yet – that the great Scott Bennie, RPG and computer game designer, has flown off for the next great adventure. May Thunderrax fly forever! Paladins will miss him… pic.twitter.com/wgnYKn7XxuMarch 29, 2022