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#41 sufirjp


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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:32 AM

This makes me sick to my stomach.

My most sincere condolences to family and friends.

He will be missed.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:34 AM

Ok now this I did not expect from this day, albeit its foreboding date.

Fungi was one of the first CoC books I ever bought and one I will ever remember. I never knew you, yet somehow I feel I've lost a friend. So sorry to see you go, Doc, let the Old Ones guide you onward.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:58 AM

So not right and so very sad - my thoughts to all who knew and loved Keith
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:37 AM

I just saw this news and my first reaction was "Oh God, NO!" From the very first when I discovered CoC back in 1991, Doc has been one of my favourite writers for the game. The first sourcebook I bought? The Keeper's Compendium. Loved it. The first campaign? Fungi from Yuggoth. Loved that one too. The Lovecraft Country books made me bounce with happiness.

Thanks for everything, Doc.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:39 AM

Good lord, such desperately sad news.

What can one say that has not already been said ?

In my (limited but treasured) correspondence with him, I always found him encouraging, engaging and inspiring.

My deepest condolences to the family.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:55 AM

Words escape me. His contribution to the game, the genre, the whole hobby...

Prayers and condolences for his family for sure. :cry:

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:14 AM

Very sad news. Doc has given me so many hours of fun down the years, and I was so pleased that he had returned to writing and publishing CoC materials.

The deepest loss is to his family and friends, no doubt, but the whole world of Lovecraft is the poorer for his passing. RIP, Doc.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:39 AM

I have publicly released the video chat we did with Doc just before and after his interview in Yog Radio #34, so everyone can see him as he was only a couple of months ago.

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#49 Kadath


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Posted 14 March 2009 - 11:31 AM

I just saw the news this morning, what a terrible shock and loss.

My thoughts and condolences are with Docs family and friends.

MRP will hopefully continue with the full support of the CoC community as Keith's last creation.

Doc passing on Friday 13th I am sure he would have loved the irony!

You will be sadly missed.


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Posted 14 March 2009 - 11:48 AM


Thank you from me and from all of us for the video. It gives us all a chance to see him again. That's very kind of you, and further proof that you are, as always, a gentleman and a scholar.
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#51 fojo


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Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:31 PM

Condolences to wife, son, relatives and friends.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:56 PM

Damn... 8O I never knew him and only "talked" to him once, when he wanted to help me with a gaming problem and I have to say, that he was a TRUE game developer. Always helping, always there for somebody. When I saw who wrote back, I was almost speechless from surprise. Definetaly not one of the money-hungry RPG sharks out there. In my country, most of the top RPG developers have mouths as big as a spanish galleon and talk bad about your Mom for criticizing them. Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:48 PM

I read the news and went "Oh God no!"

Keith came to France years ago, and stayed at our house for a few days of fun and talk and wining and dining and general madness, with Mark Rein Hagen.

I had admired his work for years and was so glad to have him "all for me" for a few days. I must find the time and the will to write about those days. Now, I just can't. I feel something has been ripped inside me.

Bloody hell!
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:52 PM

I'd only talked to Keith a little, but he seemed like a hell of a guy and a hell of a writer. He'll be sorely missed.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:23 PM

I suppose it's an indication of how much Keith's work has meant to all of us for us to see the outpouring of grief here for a man few of us have met and even fewer actually knew personally.

But I know that my memories from my teenage years will be intrinsically linked to reading and playing through the scenarios in Arkham Unveiled and Return to Dunwich and that the excitement that I felt knowing that he was back writing for my favourite game system brought me some of that youthful feeling back!

I'm sure that many others feel the same and would like to join everyone in wishing my condolences to his family and friends

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:36 PM

Rest in Peace. :cry:

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:46 PM

Goodbye, Doc. And thanks for everything.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:56 PM

This has saddened me in a perculiar way. I never met the man... but his name is repeated over and over on my book shelf. I enjoyed everything he wrote (that i managed to get) and yet feel strangely happy that even though he's passed on... the sheer amount of gaming luminaries that have posted here and other places in response to his death is perhaps his greatest 'review'.

Being an artist for many years and having seen literally thousands of fonts and examples of typography professionally... he's the only guy i know that when i heard his name saw it in a font in the same way that you cant hear 'Coke' without seeing the curly 'C'.

So, with fondness, I salute you Mr. Herber and will tonight toast a glass of mead to your memory.
Keith Herber - Writer, creator, Columbus/Beaumarcais (Scriptorium)in 12pt..

God bless you and your family at this time.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 06:36 PM

My God - this can't be real...

My condolences to his family.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:17 PM

I only knew Keith through his publications, but his name appeared on so many of them, I knew he was an integral part of the Call of Cthulhu RPG experience, and his input will be missed.

My condolences to friends and family.