Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Requiescat in pace - PalpaDave 1969-2014

Some sad news I'm afraid - Last week my best friend and closest gaming buddy David lost a lengthy battle with the Big C. We'd known each other for over twenty years and met on the very first day he set foot in Boulder back in '93, in a local gaming shop where we happened to strike up a conversation about 40k - 2nd edition had literally just released and we were both drooling over the contents of the box (a huge change from the Rogue Trader system we were both previously familiar with). Was the first day in a long friendship and hundreds if not thousands of great gaming memories - Dave was the one who originally taught me how to paint, and was always a source of inspiration, ideas, feedback and laughter over the years.


Our fantastic group of gaming friends played countless games of D&D and Star Wars under Dave's peerless game mastering over the years (where his moniker Emperor PalpaDave came from), and in countless more 40k:RPG games that I'd run with him as a player. Dave and I weathered six editions of 40k together and dove in to the heresy with both feet, culminating in a trip across the pond to visit Warhammer World and play in what ended up being one of the last Tempus Fugitives events. As time went on Real Life took up more of everyone's free time but Dave and I always managed to get in a couple games of 40k in a year, our annual July 4th game was a source of much revelry and months of smack talking both before and afterwards. We've attended GenCon every year for the last decade, meeting up with some of our old gaming buddies who have scattered across the globe. Gonna be a bittersweet trip to indy this coming year, but we're going to have a good time lifting a pint in his honour.

We'll roll some dice and push some lead on the other side, buddy. You're going to be missed.

13 comments:

Col. Ackland said...

Oh mate. My deepest condolences.

Dave Weston said...

Sad news, but obviously you shared great memories, hold onto these.

Zab said...

Sorry for your loss.

Da Masta Cheef said...

My condolences to you my friend.

Dai said...

Damn mate, sad news indeed. A well written tribute though - I shall raise a glass to him for you too.

Zzzzzz said...

Ah yes, what you were saying in email makes sense now.

Just remember the good bits.

davetaylor said...

So sorry to hear this mate. My condolences.

Stephen said...

I remember him from that event very well - what a top bloke. My deepest condolences, Joel

#2501 said...

I'm sorry, man. My deepest condolences.

Benjamin Brun said...

So sorry my friend, deepest condolences :/

Ben

Eater of Small Things said...

Ah man, I'm so sorry. Keeping you in my prayers.

Admiral Drax said...

Crumbs - so sorry to read this, mate. I find my favourite friends are often those I don't get to actually hang out with much...

...and what an amazing picture!

jugger said...

My condolences brother :(