23 August 2021

Steve Perrin, RIP


Influential game designer Steve Perrin passed away recently at the age of seventy-five.

In addition to RuneQuest, Perrin authored or contributed to numerous other role-playing games, including two of my all-time favourites: Stormbringer and Call of Cthulhu. And RQ's system, of course, informed all subsequent Basic Roleplaying (BRP, or “d100”) games. He also authored the influential AD&D module, Under Ilefarn, which was the first original adventure for TSR’s Forgotten Realms setting. 

Arguably, Perrin’s influence on RPG design was second only to that of the genre’s creators, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

Shannon Appelcline provides a nice overview of Perrin’s work here.


  1. It's worth mentioning that shortly before his death, Steve started a Go Fund Me to help cover his wife's medical expenses, which can be found here:


    If you truly want to honor Steve's memory, as well as Luise's own contributions to the hobby and the SCA, a donation would be an excellent way to do so.

    1. Thanks for this link (and apologies for not noting it earlier).