Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Darryl Nichols: Artist Extraordinaire.

Today a friend has passed. I met him a few years ago while wasting my time behind a convention booth in Akron, Ohio. For the first few months he questioned me like a son-of-bitch about my then new TAG rules. He then threw his hands up into the air and started working with me. He helped me put together Crawlspace and really liked zombie movies. With his input and a lot of private discussion about the literature of the 17th through the 19th century, the follow-up Crawlspace product "Zombie Zigzag" came into being.

Frankly, that isn't what is special about the man. He mentioned early on that his physical ailments were keeping him from leading an otherwise normal life. He went on to state, "So I am doing what I have to do."

What he went on to do was was mesmerize me with what a master artist at existing he was. In-between treatments and preparations for forthcoming organ-transplants, he painted in bursts. Wrote game adventures for Savage Worlds. He and his beautiful wife, Carrie, had picture-perfect holidays with their families. AND he always showed up for a good table-top session in person.

Always a favorite subject of Darryl's, his wife.
I am going to miss having Darryl around. But I am sure he'll make fun of me if I don't enjoy myself half as much as he did with the time he had.

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