Scott Bennie, writer of Interplay’s Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Fallout and others, has died

Scott Bennie, writer, producer and designer of various video games and tabletop roleplaying games, has died at age 61 due to complications from pneumonia, as confirmed in his report. Facebook page.

While you may not recognize Scott Bennie by name, you probably know some of his work. At Interplay in the 1990s, he served as producer and designer on both volumes of their adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, as well as the strategy simulator Castles and Castles: The Northern Campaign. His other Interplay credits, primarily as a writer, include the Star Trek games Starfleet Academy and Judgment Rites, Castles 2: Siege and Conquest, as well as the original Fallout.

In an interview published in Steemit in 2017, Bennie was humble about his contribution to the classic RPG, saying, “I didn’t have much to do with Fallout. Some maps, some Hub bits, and some system messages. And the Mysterious Stranger Perk. And I named Dogmeat – If anything lasts in my writing career, it will be the name of this dog.”

Bennie’s other video game credits include Descent, Descent to Undermountain, Stonekeep, Champions of Norrath, and the enhanced CD-ROM edition of the original SimCity. He was also a prolific tabletop RPG designer, having written supplements and adventures for Dungeons & Dragons, Champions, Marvel Superheroes, Mutants & Masterminds, and adaptations of The Lord the Rings and World of Warcraft.

In addition to working on the tabletop game Champions – for which he created the Gestalt-Earth setting – Bennie was well known in the community for his MMO version, Champions Online, where he played a superhero named Thundrax. On a praise posted on facebookformer Interplay employee Jesse Heinig, wrote that: “For a lot of people, roleplaying is a chance to try to play, for a while, as someone different, but to Scott, Thundrax felt like ‘What if Scott had superpowers? ‘ He was kind, considerate and ready to help, all qualities Scott carried in spades.”

On Twitter, game developers who worked with Bennie wrote tributes praising her writing, as well as her kindness and intelligence.

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