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Out of Town

Rough week for Green Ronin’s ownership. Saturday night Hal’s dad died. Yesterday, alone in Vancouver because Chris had gone to Boston for the funeral of his aunt, I found myself drawn to Stamps Landing.

This was Nigel’s place. We gathered here every week, our erstwhile writers group, and this was the birthplace of Bootstrap Press, our Adventures Unlimited Magazine publishing group. As my friends and family mourn their loved ones, I mourn with them. Inevitably, my thoughts return to Nigel for the greatest mourning I’ve ever done was for him.

I was in town for Kate’s final performance for Shakespeare camp. She was great! Jess and Shelby were up in Vancouver for the weekend, so they came to the show and we hung out afterward. Had a picnic, watched people flying kites, stopped at a candy store, walked the entire seawalk between Cambie and Granville (and back) looking for Nigel’s memorial bench. Kate and I read every plaque on every memorial bench along the whole route but didn’t find it. Got choked up reading all the memorials for others, anyway. All in all it was a beautiful day.

Today we head down to Portland to see my grandma, the one who was so close to death in April. She’s recovered now and back in Oregon to visit family. Not to be morbid, but this may be our last visit and I’m going to take it. Will be gone (and away from the web) until Wednesday, when Pramas also returns. Then it’s prep for Gen Con. Where did July go?

20 comments to Out of Town

  • I was at a party in Vancouver hosted by guy I met at a con named Fraser Caine(sp) and ended up drunk sitting with Nigel talking about military paper chit/hex map games.. I did not realize who he was and we talked for a few hours about just stuff..

    It was just before he passed away.. :(

    • Fraser was part of our little group. Funny story: Fraser inherited Nigel’s game collection after his death because, while Nigel was only 35 and didn’t have a legal will, he had done a freelance article about a will-making program for Vancouver Business Weekly or some other business journal. Knowing he’d used the program for the article and written about his wishes, his girlfriend and family used that as the basis to determine what his wishes were. One of the things he’d put into it was that Fraz should get his gaming stuff.

      I saw him the last time I was back in Vancouver before this. He’s moved up the Sunshine Coast or somewhere with his wife and kids.

      • I wondered what happend to him.. you know it’s funny.. I would not be surprised if you were at that same party..

        It was near one of the con Gengis? that Fraser put together at douglas college..(so long ago..

        Actually it was from Frasier’s con that I first met GenCon Peter.. he was pushing a large book called “Primal Order” He was DM for the session.. ended up ‘winning’ session by using the Wish needed to finish the adventure to make an annoying little brat that was in the session mute and Peter made him RP that.. Meanwhile.. a few people were playtesting this silly card game his company was working on.. no one really thought much of it..

        Heh.

  • I was at a party in Vancouver hosted by guy I met at a con named Fraser Caine(sp) and ended up drunk sitting with Nigel talking about military paper chit/hex map games.. I did not realize who he was and we talked for a few hours about just stuff..

    It was just before he passed away.. :(

    • Fraser was part of our little group. Funny story: Fraser inherited Nigel’s game collection after his death because, while Nigel was only 35 and didn’t have a legal will, he had done a freelance article about a will-making program for Vancouver Business Weekly or some other business journal. Knowing he’d used the program for the article and written about his wishes, his girlfriend and family used that as the basis to determine what his wishes were. One of the things he’d put into it was that Fraz should get his gaming stuff.

      I saw him the last time I was back in Vancouver before this. He’s moved up the Sunshine Coast or somewhere with his wife and kids.

      • I wondered what happend to him.. you know it’s funny.. I would not be surprised if you were at that same party..

        It was near one of the con Gengis? that Fraser put together at douglas college..(so long ago..

        Actually it was from Frasier’s con that I first met GenCon Peter.. he was pushing a large book called “Primal Order” He was DM for the session.. ended up ‘winning’ session by using the Wish needed to finish the adventure to make an annoying little brat that was in the session mute and Peter made him RP that.. Meanwhile.. a few people were playtesting this silly card game his company was working on.. no one really thought much of it..

        Heh.

  • I was at a party in Vancouver hosted by guy I met at a con named Fraser Caine(sp) and ended up drunk sitting with Nigel talking about military paper chit/hex map games.. I did not realize who he was and we talked for a few hours about just stuff..

    It was just before he passed away.. :(

    • Fraser was part of our little group. Funny story: Fraser inherited Nigel’s game collection after his death because, while Nigel was only 35 and didn’t have a legal will, he had done a freelance article about a will-making program for Vancouver Business Weekly or some other business journal. Knowing he’d used the program for the article and written about his wishes, his girlfriend and family used that as the basis to determine what his wishes were. One of the things he’d put into it was that Fraz should get his gaming stuff.

      I saw him the last time I was back in Vancouver before this. He’s moved up the Sunshine Coast or somewhere with his wife and kids.

      • I wondered what happend to him.. you know it’s funny.. I would not be surprised if you were at that same party..

        It was near one of the con Gengis? that Fraser put together at douglas college..(so long ago..

        Actually it was from Frasier’s con that I first met GenCon Peter.. he was pushing a large book called “Primal Order” He was DM for the session.. ended up ‘winning’ session by using the Wish needed to finish the adventure to make an annoying little brat that was in the session mute and Peter made him RP that.. Meanwhile.. a few people were playtesting this silly card game his company was working on.. no one really thought much of it..

        Heh.

  • I was at a party in Vancouver hosted by guy I met at a con named Fraser Caine(sp) and ended up drunk sitting with Nigel talking about military paper chit/hex map games.. I did not realize who he was and we talked for a few hours about just stuff..

    It was just before he passed away.. :(

  • Fraser was part of our little group. Funny story: Fraser inherited Nigel’s game collection after his death because, while Nigel was only 35 and didn’t have a legal will, he had done a freelance article about a will-making program for Vancouver Business Weekly or some other business journal. Knowing he’d used the program for the article and written about his wishes, his girlfriend and family used that as the basis to determine what his wishes were. One of the things he’d put into it was that Fraz should get his gaming stuff.

    I saw him the last time I was back in Vancouver before this. He’s moved up the Sunshine Coast or somewhere with his wife and kids.

  • I wondered what happend to him.. you know it’s funny.. I would not be surprised if you were at that same party..

    It was near one of the con Gengis? that Fraser put together at douglas college..(so long ago..

    Actually it was from Frasier’s con that I first met GenCon Peter.. he was pushing a large book called “Primal Order” He was DM for the session.. ended up ‘winning’ session by using the Wish needed to finish the adventure to make an annoying little brat that was in the session mute and Peter made him RP that.. Meanwhile.. a few people were playtesting this silly card game his company was working on.. no one really thought much of it..

    Heh.

  • How funny! I totally was there, runningn Over the Edge games. :)

  • Ok.. that is small freaking world.

    Me and my buddies ended up running a massive Double Blind Battletech game..