Tabletop gaming has lost another of its own, as Canadian game writer and graphic designer Jeff Mackintosh has succumbed to a form of brain tumor known as Glioblastoma multiforme. Mackintosh passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Mackintosh joined defunct Canadian game publisher Guardians of Order in 1999, to handle the graphic design of the full color second edition of Big Eyes, Small Mouths, the seminal anime role-playing game. He also co-wrote a number of books for Guardians of Order, including Silver Age Sentinels (both the Tri-Stat and D20 versions) and Heaven & Earth Player's Guide and Game Master's Guide.
Previous to working for Guardians of Order, Mackintosh worked at XID Creative, publishers of the Providence role-playing game.
Mackintosh's fight against his cancer came to public light on Canadian media as he wished to see the final concert of the rock band The Tragically Hip. The Hip lead singer Gord Downie has also been diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme. Mackintosh was quoted as saying "I wish he wasn’t going through the same battle that I’m going through but he is. So being able to see him sing, not just listen to it because no matter what one way or another I’m going to listen to the concert thankfully in Kingston, but to be able to see it means something."
Mackintosh leaves behind family, and a great number of friends in the tabletop gaming industry. Robin Laws announced on his blog of the intention of Pelgrane Press and a number of other publishers to name characters after Mackintosh in upcoming books as a tribute to their friend's passing.