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Tom Moldvay passes away (see post #52)


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sjmiller

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Well, I did a bit of quick research and it appears that he died in Akron, Ohio. According to a couple of sites I checked, the obituary from the Akron Beacon Journal follows:

Tom Moldvay, 58 passed peacefully into his next adventure on March 8th 2007 . Tom was a game designer and author most notable for his work on early materials for the fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). As an employee of TSR, Inc., he authored or co-authored many landmark D&D adventure modules. During the early 80's when home computers were not prevalent, Tom was creating thought provoking games that stirred the imagination and were played by thousands of enthusiasts across the country. The Classic Rulebooks and Player's Handbooks written by Tom had been in print for several years and played so intensely that many gamers had them practically memorized. Odds were that if you'd played a published adventure, most likely you were a fan of Tom Moldvay. Most of those early modules achieved classic status, some of them being collected and reprinted again and again in the years that followed.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom graduated from Mayfield High School and went on to receive his Masters degree in Anthropology from Kent State University.

Preceded in death by parents Thomas and Selma Moldvay and sister Jody Brown

Tom is survived by his sister, Rebecca (David) Welner of Akron, nieces and nephews, Lauren Welner, Dave Welner, and Kurt Brown Jr.

Toms wishes were to be cremated without a formal service.
 





PhantomNarrator

First Post
This one hurts

It was Moldvay's version of D&D that introduced me to this great hobby, and I still get an electric thrill when I look through those old Basic and Expert boxed sets.

Sleep well my friend.

Tom, Dragon and Dungeon, all on the same day. It's the end of an era, for sure. :(
 

johnsemlak

First Post
PhantomNarrator said:
It was Moldvay's version of D&D that introduced me to this great hobby, and I still get an electric thrill when I look through those old Basic and Expert boxed sets.

Sleep well my friend.

Tom, Dragon and Dungeon, all on the same day. It's the end of an era, for sure. :(

Ditto.

Moldvay's red-box rulebook (the box itself has long turned to dust) is still sitting on a shelf right behind me. I'll go and read through it for memory's sake.
 



BaldHero

First Post
Holy crap!

Not only is this depressing as hell, i live in Akron Ohio and didnt know.
I hardly ever read the Akron Beacon Journal...

This is just terrible.

L.
 



MarkAHart

Explorer
Extremely sad, unfortunate news.

If it weren't for Mr. Moldvay, I probably would not have started playing D&D when I did.

He will be missed...
 

Kae'Yoss

First Post
More sad news. Today is a sad day for D&D. While Dragon and Dungeon being discontinued is like a friend dying, this is an actual person dying, real friend and family to others.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and those who knew him well.
 

Cthulhudrew

First Post
Moldvay's D&D basic set was my first introduction to the game, and his Castle Amber is one of my favorite modules and features some of my favorite D&D Iconic Characters ever. My condolences go out to all his friends and family.
 

Theron

Explorer
Somewhere in Mystara, even Bargle sheds a tear.

RIP, Mr. Moldvay. Thanks for all the greatness you brought to this hobby.
 



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