A Valentine’s Love Message One Day Early

He had time to plan his own funeral. He played “The Rainbow Connection.” It was a good time, inasmuch as while it was sad, it was also very real.Gamer Bling got a very touching email this morning. It concerned a mutual friend named Paul Randles, who died five years ago. Gamer Bling worked with Paul, who was always charming, optimistic, and energetic, and everybody loved him. In many ways Paul was the yang to Gamer Bling’s yin.

Paul had a Christmas stocking at his cubicle year-round. It was always filled with snackage of the chocolatey sugary sort. All you had to do was say, “Every day is Christmas,” and you could help yourself. Nom nom nom.

So one day Gamer Bling found a Rage TCG card titled “Every Day is Halloween” (complete with bloody werewolf) and pinned it up in Paul’s cube while he was away. A while later, a booming laugh resounded in the office as Paul discovered it. The card stayed on his wall until the day he resigned his position at WotC.

In any event, Paul’s life was cut short by pancreatic cancer. Gamer Bling was one of the last to see him; we talked a bit, but mostly GB sat with Paul while he dozed and his wife ran some errands. Within two weeks, Gamer Bling was at his funeral.

Gamer Bling brings all this up because five years later, Paul’s last game design has been released. You can take a look here. See also the February 12th entry at the Paizo blog.

Why is this a Valentine’s love message? Because co-developers Mike Selinker and Bruno Faidutti had the entire advance paid to Paul’s widow Katty. This means they did five years’ of development and sales work for free.

“Free,” as you may know, is a word that Gamer Bling truly loves. Especially when it involves dedication, effort, and personal sacrifice.

So, if you would, please make the time to check the game out. Gamer Bling, and the hundreds of good friends Paul had, thank you for it.

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~ by Gamer Bling on 13 February 2008.

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