Terry Amthor Death – Obituary: We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Terry Kevin Amthor, the creator of the Shadow World RPG setting for Iron Crown the publisher of the English version of the Kult RPG, among so many other things.
On October 4th, 2021, InsideEko Media learned about the death of Terry Amthor through social media publications made on Twitter.
InsideEko is yet to confirm Terry Amthor’s cause of death as no health issues, accident or other causes of death have been learned to be associated with the passing.
This death has caused a lot of friends and family of Amthor much hurt. In that mourning spirit, concerned persons have taken to social media to share tributes to the deceased and condolences to the affected family
Tributes To Terry Amthor
Across social media users’ timelines are statements that show respect, admiration, and gratitude towards Amthor as people mourn the passing.
Terry Kevin Amthor, best known for “Shadow World” and his HUGE contributions to the Iron Crown universe… has passed away. Terry was the first editor to give me a job in the industry. A bright & kind spirit with boundless imagination, always supportive… I’m going to miss him.
Designers & Dragons
Word is that Terry K. Amthor passed sometime this summer under currently unknown circumstances. He was a founder of Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE), and thus a contributor to the Rolemaster game systems, one of the most successful variant RPGs to grow directly out of D&D play. His name can be found scattered across ICE’s Rolemaster, Middle-earth, and Space Master products of the ’80s, but his greatest success at ICE was in his creation of Shadow World. Originally revealed in The Iron Wind (1980), coauthored with Peter Fenlon, Shadow World grew into a densely detailed fantasy realm later in the decade, with an extensive line spinning out of Amthor’s Shadow World Atlas (1989). As a high-fantasy realm with science-fiction touches, it offered a unique take on the genre. Amthor was an early designer to push diversity in gaming, as spotlighted in his article “Queer as a Three-sided Die”, which ran in White Wolf #48 (October 1994) and spoke about his feeling of isolation as a gay gamer. Meanwhile, Amthor included a gay culture in Shadow World, back in the ’90s when it was very courageous to do so. “Queer as a Three-sided Die” has more recently been picked up as the title of a recurring seminar at Gen Con that speaks to LGBT+ issues.
Just learned that another of my childhood heroes has finally dropped his dice and passed away. It saddens me to learn that Terry Kevin Amthor is no longer in our midst to let us witness his many fantastic stories. God speed to you, Terry….wherever your next journey will take you to.
I fell in love with Terry’s work during his early ICE days and was forever hooked by MERP, RM and especially his most beloved child, the mysterious Shadow World. Due to his writing I was able to live through a thousand wondrous adventures. I owe you, Terry! And now I’ll never be able to repay it. For the last couple of years I was honored to call you a friend, albeit our contact was sporadic at best. I can only hope that you are wandering in bright light and your troubled mind finally finds peace!
I’ll see you. The Loremasters alone can tell when…where. Cheers.
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