Friday, February 28, 2014

Aaron Allston

I'm very sad to learn about Aaron Allton's passing, yesterday, February 27th.  Aaron was a long-time and trusted contributor to the Mystara product line as well as the author of many other works.  I'd like to take a moment to salute his achievements.

Game Titles

Hero Games
     Blood and Dr. McQuark, The
     Champions (5th Edition)

     Champions (6th Edition)
     Circle and M.E.T.E., The
     Justice, Inc.
     Lands of Mystery
     Mythic Greece
     Ninja Hero
     Spell Book, The
     Strike Force
     Super-Agents
     Trail of the Gold Spike
Mongoose Publishing
     Paranoia XP Gamemaster's Screen & Mandatory Fun Enforcement Pack
Origin Systems
     Malone's Guide to the Valley of Eodon (The Savage Empire Cluebook)
     Mysteries of the Abyss (The Ultima Underworld Cluebook)
     Savage Empire, The
     Wing Commander Secret Missions Disk I
Pelgrane Press
     Cugel's Compendium of Indispensable Advantages
Steve Jackson Games
     Autoduel Champions
     Crash City
     GURPS Autoduel, 1st Edition
     GURPS Harkwood
     School of Hard Knocks
Task Force Games and Associated Clearing Services
     Crime Fighter
     Gauntlet, The
     Hell on Wheels
     Road, The
     Street Fighter
     Turbofire
     UltraForce


TSR, Inc. (pre-Wizards of the Coast)
     Complete Fighter's Handbook
     Complete Ninja's Handbook
     Complete Priest's Handbook
     Dawn of the Emperors
     Dungeon Master's Design Kit
     Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia
     Dwarves of Rockhome, The
     Grand Duchy of Karameikos
     Hollow World Campaign Set
     I, Tyrant
     Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure
     Mark of Amber
     Poor Wizard's Almanac (I)
     Skarda's Mirror
     Treasure Hunt
     Wrath of the Immortals
 

West End Games
     Ghostbusters International


Fiction Works:
  • Bard's Tale Series
    • Thunder of the Captains
    • Wrath of the Princes
  • Car Warriors Series
    • Double Jeopardy
  • Fair World Chronicles Series
    • Doc Sidhe
    • Sidhe-Devil
  • Standalone Novels (Non-Series)
    • Galatea in 2-D
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi Series
    • Outcast
    • Backlash
    • Conviction
  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force Series
    • Betrayal
    • Exile
    • Fury
  • Star Wars: New Jedi Order Series
    • Rebel Dream
    • Rebel Stand
  • Star Wars: X-Wing Series
    • Wraith Squadron
    • Iron Fist
    • Solo Command
    • Starfighters of Adumar
    • Mercy Kill
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Series
    • Terminator Dreams
    • Terminator Hunt
  • Top Secret/S.I. Series (aka Double Agent novels)
    • Web of Danger

 Non-Fictions Works
  • Spam From A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    A send-up of e-mail chain letters.
    Published in Bantha Tracks #1 (December 2002, page 8).
  • Ewoks: The Good, The Bad, and the Furballs
    Good things and bad things about Return of the Jedi's hostile plush toys.
    Published in Bantha Tracks #3 (May 2003, page 7).
  • Time Machine
    This was a column for Amazing Stories in which he described the contents of a specific earlier issue of the magazine — and also described news events, popular entertainments, and social trends in effect during the month that issue was on the newsstands. Sadly, that particular incarnation of Amazing Stories ceased publication after its March, 2005 issue.
     
  • Time Machine columns he'd contributed included:
    • Amazing Stories #606 (December 2004), pp 80-81, showcasing September 1939.
    • Amazing Stories #607 (January, 2005), pp 80-81, showcasing January 1952.
    • Amazing Stories #608 (February, 2005), pp 80-81, showcasing February 1984.
    • Amazing Stories #609 (March, 2005, published in PDF format), pp 80-81, showcasing March 1933.

Aaron was easy to work with, dedicated, hard-working--and a reliable freelancer.  I don't think Mystara would have been as good without this dear man's contribution. His departure is as unfortunate as it is premature.