Rest in Peace, Stewart Wieck

Stewart Wieck is one of the most famous American game designers of roleplaying games. He is well known as the co-founder of both White Wolf Magazine and White Wolf Publishing. He was the co-creator, with Mark Rein·Hagen, of the World of Darkness and a lot of related game lines, especially Vampire: The Masquerade and Mage: The Ascension. He co-edited the 1998 book The Essential World of Darkness, a collection of novels and also contributed fiction to several novels or anthologies published by White Wolf or its Borealis imprint under the pen name “Stewart Von Allmen”.

Stewart Wieck and his brother Steve Wieck had published in 1986 their first work with the adventure The Secret in the Swamp for Villains & Vigilantes. The same year the brothers began self-publishing their own magazine, Arcanum, and Stewart soon retitled the magazine as White Wolf. The siblings had befriended the company Lion Rampant, and when that company had financial trouble, White Wolf and Lion Rampant decided to merge into the new White Wolf Game Studio, with Stewart Wieck and Mark Rein·Hagen as co-owners about 20 years. Stewart resigned from White Wolf in 2010, immediately founding the company Nocturnal Media, which picked up White Wolf’s rights to Pendragon. Nocturnal Media publish also some famous games like Gladiator, Deck 100, Gunman’s Law, Talislanta, Sword & Sorcery, Long Live The King and the famous Spanish roleplaying games Mark of East and Aquelarre.

Stewart is one of the biggest authors in roleplaying games.

From Juegos y Dados we want to express our condolences and accompany the family of Stewart Wieck, who passed away this week.

From here we offer a statement from his brother and partner, Steve Wieck, published in Tenkar’s Tavern.

“Yesterday my brother Stewart Wieck died. He had just finished a light fencing workout and then fell over. All attempts to resuscitate him failed. It’s still unknown what caused it; we’ll know more in a few days. Something catastrophic in his heart perhaps.

Stewart was 49, ate right, exercised, a specimen of good health… it’s all just.. stunning that he could possibly, suddenly be gone.

He was my brother, my best friend, my business partner since we started White Wolf in high school. He was an incredible human being, full of kindness and empathy, fun and artistic passion.

I was supposed to grow old drinking and gaming with him. Now that will have to wait for heaven or Valhalla or whatever comes next.

And of course, leave it to Stewart to die with a sword in his hand.

No need for flowers, no memorial service has been arranged yet, we’re just taking things a step at a time.

Anyone involved with Stewart’s publishing projects feel free to reach out to me in a few weeks.”

Steve Wieck

Our sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Stewart Wieck.

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