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Old July 22, 2022, 12:36   #1
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Unhappy Rest in Peace: Robert Alan Koeneke

Robert Alan Koeneke, creator of Moria the roguelike, has passed away at the age of 64.

EDIT: I don't know how tenable this is, but might I suggest the next comp be U/Moria, in his honor.
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Old July 22, 2022, 13:22   #2
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I think that I would have led a very different life had I not encountered Moria in 1990 or 1991.
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That's the obituary
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Old July 24, 2022, 21:46   #5
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Great man.. We all obliged to him.

The letter about Moria from Koeneke:
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It's a sad day. I love some of the things he wrote in that letter:

Around 1983, two things happened that caused Moria to be born in its recognizable form. I was engaged to be married, and the only cure for THAT is to work so hard you can’t think about it...
Moria 5.0 was a complete rewrite, and contained many neat enhancements, features, you name it. It had water, streams, lakes, pools, with water monsters. It had ‘mysterious orbs’ which could be carried like torches for light but also gave off magical aura’s (like protection from fire, or aggravate monster…). It had new weapons and treasures… I left it with the student assistants at OU to be finished, but I guess it soon died on the vine. As far as I know, that source was lost…
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I was so sad to read this. Most of the modern RPG and ARPG landscape is shaped in some way by him.

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