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    Darren Watts has passed away as of New Years Eve.

     

    In the words of our General Manager, Jason Walters, "Darren Watts was a singular person of the sort that comes along once in a generation. His accomplishments are too many to list here: author, editor, publisher, and promoter all come to mind. He was an amazingly enthusiastic and interesting man, and there is no one that can ever replace him."

     

    Darren worked on many projects throughout his lifetime, with the purchasing and revitalization of Hero Games in 2001 being just one of his accomplishments. He also devoted much of his time and effort supporting smaller and independent creators through his work with our sister company Indie Press Revolution, and was a well-known figure at many TTRPG conventions.

     

    Our condolences go out to Darren's wife, Diane, as well as their families and all of Darren's friends. We will miss him greatly.

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    I'm heartbroken at the news.  I still remember the DunDraCon where Darren had been speaking *a lot* over the four days.  His voice was absolutely shot, but we'd all gathered at a nearby watering hole to have a post-convention get together.  Darren suggested we go from there and get dinner at a "topless restaurant" he knew.  A bunch of us cocked an eyebrow, but it was Darren, and he was saying the food there was good, so we were game to go.  What we discovered when we got to the restaurant was that Darren was saying *TAPAS*.  It was a good restaurant.  It was a great time.  I'm gonna miss him so much.

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    8 hours ago, steriaca said:

    He will be missed. 

     

    And if you actually take stock in Isakai style reincarnation, he is newly reborn in his favorite fantasy world right now. Have fun Darren Watts. 

     

    It's a beautiful thing to think of Darren being reborn in an eternal World Series where the seventh game never comes to pass.

     

    As for me: I honestly can't get my head around his death. It doesn't seem real.

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    11 minutes ago, Jason S.Walters said:

     

    It's a beautiful thing to think of Darren being reborn in an eternal World Series where the seventh game never comes to pass.

     

    As for me: I honestly can't get my head around his death. It doesn't seem real.

    I would love to feel that he was greated by Death of the Endless and taken to where he wanted to go (as it is her job to be the ultimate soul transporter...the Greeks have a word for that, and Mercury was one of them, but the name escapes me).

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    59 minutes ago, steriaca said:

    I would love to feel that he was greated by Death of the Endless and taken to where he wanted to go (as it is her job to be the ultimate soul transporter...the Greeks have a word for that, and Mercury was one of them, but the name escapes me).

     

    Psychopomp.

     

    Honestly, for the former President of Hero Games, I can't think of a more fittingly-named escort. :)

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    It was the biggest shock to hear about. My condolences go out to his family.

     

    On 1/4/2023 at 7:34 PM, Jason S.Walters said:

    It's a beautiful thing to think of Darren being reborn in an eternal World Series where the seventh game never comes to pass.

    I would think he'd be reincarnated as El Santo, living out the various movies!

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    I never met Darren, but I've been playing Champions forever. I started back when I was in the Navy with some friends and loved it. I think the best tribute to a designer of games is to say how much we have enjoyed their work. Champions was a great adventure for us, and it kept us sane amongst the trials of military life.

     

    Thank you for all your work, Mr. Watts. I wish I had made your acquaintance, but perhaps in another life.

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    I was terribly sad to hear Darren had passed. He was far too young to go. I enjoyed the content he produced and the few interactions I had with him were genial and productive. Our little corner of the community is a niche within a niche, but his loss is felt.

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