One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
Len was practically a regular on the stream the last 6 months or so, especially during the first 30 minutes.
I was never a rules maven, but I really enjoyed his subclasses. But I will always remember him for his many contributions to Greyhawk. Many of which were uncredited!
Thanks to Jay's show I had the chance to talk with Len and exchange some email. His column in Dragon was something I looked forward to, his adventures mark some of the most fun Ive had gaming. I will miss him.
I wish him fun and adventure in the next life.
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Len was responsible for writing many things I use liberally, in particular the Suel gods as featured in Dragon Magazine #86 onward. Len posted crunchy bits online fairly often, and it is very fortunate people were able to enjoy his appearances on Lord Gosumbas's channel these last six months. His Lendore Isle material featured heavily in my early gaming days. _________________ - Moderator/Admin (in some areas)/Member -
Another legend moves on to the great table in the sky. His knowledge and insight from the early days of D&D to present can not be replaced. He will be missed.
Like Jason, I always loved his articles in Dragon as one of the reasons I kept my subscription for many years.
These are remarkable days, aren't they? We are able to make connections that we might never been able to thanks to modern communication, social media, streams, etc. We can actually see and hear those who inspired us; indeed, we might even be able to meet them. How astonishing is that?
Those of us of a certain age who had subscriptions to Dragon Magazine were so very fortunate to be first introduced to a man of remarkable talent and imagination within its pages. Month after month, we, I, saw a name in print, Lenard Lakofka. His series of articles, "Leomund's Tiny Hut," were some of those that continued to astonish. I marveled at his Suel gods, his litany of spells, and so many charts to boggle the mind. Wow, I thought; who is this guy? He was as prolific as Gary Gygax. I flipped through those old tomes (not so old then), and saw his name in in them. There he was in the introduction to the Players Handbook, the DMs guide, and even in dedication in Unearthed Arcana.
Len's contribution did not end there. He penned one of the first modules I played in, The Secret of Bone Hill, if all twisted up in Keep on the Borderlands.
Time passed. Quite a few years, in fact. In those years, I gave scant thought to Dungeons and Dragons. I say that, but it always lingered in the back on my mind, a much beloved time when my friends and I gathered and we passed a few hours trudging through dark and dangerous passages, living lives that were until then confined to the pages of books. Those lives were made possible by the creativity of Gary Gygax and Len Lakofka and a whole host of others.
As I said, time passed. Then nostalgia creeped in. As it does in a person of a certain age. I began to play a game or two, watched some videos, and then, loving research and writing as I do, I began a blog.
Imagine my surprise when that blog paved the road to my being able able to actually meet Len, no small thanks to Jay Scott (Lord Gosumba) and his Twitch channel.
I never did really know Len; my association with him was brief, but I feel blessed to have connected to him, at all, even if only in passing.
I will miss him, his wry humour, his candor, and his love and dedication to that game he once had a hand in creating.
Len was an inspiration to a generation of gamers. How different would that game have been without his contribution, we will never know; but I will hazard the opinion that it would have been less without him.
I'll miss our banter. I'll miss getting off work to find my inbox filled with 6 thoughts he had that day. It's grown silent there and I still reflexively look and don't find what I'm looking for. Well crap, now the feels.
I'm old enough to remember some of Len's contributions and creations from the 'early days'. Thanks to Lord Gosumba's Twitch TV show I recently reconnected with a lot of people and topics, and got to see Len in some good discussions and in good humour.
I could not pass by this thread without leaving my thanks. First and foremost to Len for his contributions to our community, the GH setting and the game - he will be missed. And also to all of you (the community) who are also epic, for creating new ways for people on the other side of the world to connect with the setting we love.
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