Lynn Willis

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Lynn Willis (died January 18, 2013) was a wargame and role-playing game designer, best known for his work with Metagaming Concepts, Game Designers' Workshop (GDW), and Chaosium.

Biography[edit]

Willis began by designing science fiction wargames for Metagaming Concepts, starting with Godsfire in 1976.[1]:78 He designed the microgames Olympica (1978) and Holy War (1979).[1]:79 Chaosium published Lords of the Middle Sea (1978),[1]:82 and Willis joined Chaosium in 1978.[1]:83 GDW published Bloodtree Rebellion (1979). Willis's relationship with Chaosium proved the most enduring; he would turn to role-playing games. He helped founder Greg Stafford trim and refine the RuneQuest rules into Basic Role-Playing, the rules that would serve as the base for many of Chaosium's RPG lines.[1]:85 He wrote the Call of Cthulhu campaign The Masks of Nyarlathotep (1984) with Larry DiTillio.[1]:86 He was included in the design credits for Worlds of Wonder (1982) and the Ringworld RPG (1984).

With other members of Chaosium, he co-wrote the Ghostbusters RPG for West End Games, which won the H.G. Wells Award for Best Role-playing Rules of 1986.[2] Willis co-designed the fifth edition of Call of Cthulhu with Sandy Petersen, and replaced Keith Herber as line editor of Cthulhu when Herber left Chaosium in 1994.[1]:90 Willis created the game Elric! with Richard Watts as a new Basic Role-Playing version of Stormbringer.[1]:91 After Greg Stafford left Chaosium in 1998, Willis stayed on as editor-in-chief.[1]:94

Willis left Chaosium in late 2008 due to health issues; at the time, he was the longest serving Chaosium employee, with 30 years of experience with the company.[1]:95

Death[edit]

On September 11, 2008, the President of Chaosium, Charlie Krank, informed the public that Willis had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.[3] Krank later reported that Willis died on January 18, 2013.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  2. ^ "Charles S. Roberts/H.G. Wells Award Winners (1986)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Lynn Willis: Rest In Peace

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