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Posted 13 March 2009 - 11:32 PM
I know people have more immediate things to deal with right now, but I hope that MRP manages to carry on in some form, it would be nice to think of that continuance with what Doc started.
Sad news indeed.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 11:47 PM
I know that I won't be alone in believing that his work - particularly on the Lovecraft Country books - did much to enhance the reputation of the Call of Cthulhu game....
Posted 13 March 2009 - 11:55 PM
The role-playing community lost a true friend today.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:13 AM
I worked with Doc on the first few issues of WOC, where he was the guiding force to make the magazine what it is today. We kept in contact after he left WOC.
The CoC family has lost one of its major luminaries today, and my condolences go to Doc's family.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:39 AM
Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:51 AM
Charlie Krank and I today decided that Cthulhu's Dark Cults would be dedicated to his memory, particularly since many of the cults appearing in the book were his creations to begin with.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:51 AM
Posted 14 March 2009 - 01:53 AM
Tom and I always said that being part of MRP was like growing up listening to stories about your favorite pirate and then one day ending up serving with him on his new ship. This was a dream come true for us.
In New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley I have a scenario called â€œSpirit of Industryâ€. It wasnâ€™t supposed to be in the book, I already had a scenario in it. When I started working with Doc I got inspired to do a Dunwich scenario because I so loved the book. I threw one together and sent it to him, in a total fan boy move. He liked it and surprised me by adding it to New Tales, with only a handful of polishing. I just wanted to see if heâ€™d like it, I just wanted to try and impress an author I admired. I have a short story in â€œCthulhuâ€™s Dark Cultsâ€. Itâ€™s set in Dunwich, the cult I chose to write about is the Believers. Now that book is being dedicated to his memory. What can you say? There are no words to do the anguish justice.
In this game we always talk about â€œA good deathâ€. Itâ€™s a horror game, a lethal one. Keith â€œDocâ€ Herber was a horror writer, who died suddenly on a Friday the 13th, leaving the world wanting more. Now, thatâ€™s style.
Good-bye Doc. Weâ€™re going to try to pick up the flag and carry on. Weâ€™ll do our best to make you proud.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 02:46 AM
I lost my mentor today.
I lost my crazy uncle today.
I lost my older brother today, the one who looked out for me, the one who picked me up off the ground, but wasn't afraid to throw me back down there if he thought I needed it.
I lost a verbal sparring partner today. He used to beat the crap out of me in the old days, but I think I had his number lately. Though he'd never admit it.
Call of Cthulhu lost its heart and a good part of its soul today.
CoC fans lost the game's best writer today.
But mostly, I lost one of my oldest friends today.
Doc, wherever you are, I miss you already, hoss.
My deepest condolences to Sharon and Erik and the family.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:26 AM
Samuel Johnson said It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. And Doc lived. He lived for his family, his friends, his music and, once again, for Call of Cthulhu. The last email I received from Doc, in reply to the recent progress I'd made on a long-overdue scenario, bears witness to this. It was time-stamped Thursday, March 12 at 1:40 PM -- perhaps a handful of hours before he passed away:
Not a word about himself. Sail on, Doc.
There's some good news. You've been awfully quiet lately.
And Chaosium's finally getting Terrors from Beyond out. Congratulations.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:50 AM
I'm at a loss for words.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:56 AM
Keith Herber wrote, to my mind, the greatest roleplaying book ever; HP Lovecraft's Arkham. As I read it I could feel the town of Arkham expanding and taking up real estate in my mind. Forevermore, strolling those shadow haunted streets, I shall remember and honor you, Doc.
p.s. I would also like to contribute to a fundable for Doc's family.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:11 AM
- Brian Courtemanche
Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:16 AM
Keith "Doc" Herber died on FRIDAY the 13th?!?! Good lord... how did I not see that?
Clearly I fumbled my Idea roll.
So... even in death, Keith Herber managed to put one past me...
Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:28 AM
I'm raising a toast in his honor tonight.
You're free now Doc.