Game Designer Steve Jackson Assaulted

Roleplaying game designer Steve Jackson was assaulted and robbed in Austin Wednesday:

Yesterday was not a good day for me. I was the victim of an assault and robbery in my own neighborhood -- though not, I believe, by neighbors! This area needs more policing than it gets. It seems to be drawing predatory visitors, and yesterday the dice came up badly for me.

Austin EMS arrived quickly and took good care of me -- and one of the EMTs turned out to play In Nomine. It's a small world, and we're everywhere. That was very cool. I spent a few hours in the ER, and was discharged.

This is a good time to mention that one of the regulars on Workbench, fellow UNT alumnus Chad Irby, created Car Wars with Jackson, a demented work of genius that sold 250,000 copies in the '80s and early '90s.

I've never understood why he doesn't mention that more often.


Rogers, old chum, you're getting comment spammed to death. Check your comment log sometime.

Thanks for making me aware that Steve got mugged. They're not covering it in the Unamerican Snakesman.


Rogers, old chum, you're getting comment spammed to death. Check your comment log sometime.

I check it every day. Earlier this week I tried a new feature that was supposed to stop most of it. Worked well, didn't it?

Surely the prophets of doom for all sinners must beseech their War-God to reserve an especially hot place in Hell for the creators of such blasphemous role-playing games, in which "players take the part of celestial beings--angels and demons--as they struggle for control of humanity and themselves."

Kevin D. of the Restored Church of God (isn't giving your church this name the epitome of hubris, far more so than pretending to be a celestial being?) must have something to say about role-playing games, but I don't have the stomach to look.

I've always thought that some of the most bizarre literature in the canon of the works of Man resides in the Holy Bible (this should earn me a really toasty spot in Hades). Just read the book of Job (it does have truly sublime poetry, though).

If game developers want some really rich material to mine, they should take on the Urantia Book. It fills in all the blanks that the Bible leaves empty.

Steve must have failed his saving throw.

Musta been the Secret Service! Why is everybody out to get this guy?


Probably because he is such a pompous asshole.

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