Monday, August 26, 2019

My Thoughts on the Fate & Future of Flying Buffalo After The Passing of Rick Loomis

Steve Crompton  whose been involved with the rpg hobby for a very long time & has a long history with Flying Buffalo. I've been racking my brain about the fate of the table top rpg company Flying Buffalo after the passing of Rick Loomis recently. I didn't want to seem tacky or disrespectful during this very difficult time for the Loomis or  Flying Buffalo family.
  Steve Crompton has been a friend, writer,  one of the many artists whose work that I've admired on many Flying Buffalo products. He just posted this statement  on Facebook as well as the Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eye Kickstarter page; "I just posted this on the MSPE Kickstarter and I have edited it here to give you all an idea of Flying Buffalo's plans going forward... Steve Crompton - Manager Flying Buffalo
By now many of you may have heard the sad news that Rick Loomis, President of Flying Buffalo and a gaming industry legend, passed away on Aug 23rd, just a few hours before his 72nd birthday. Rick created and ran Flying Buffalo for almost 50 years, and was also President of GAMA (Gaming Manufacturers of America) on several occasions.
Rick's loss leaves a huge hole in our hearts and Flying Buffalo. Rick was our mentor, our friend (a brother for his sisters) and the intermediary between the high-flying goals of the creative team and the real world. He helped us stay on track and reminded us of the limits of our budgets. Rick also made sure that whatever we created would be something that players would want. And many, many times he made suggestions that made a game more playable or an adventure more usable. We will miss Rick every single day, and we plan to honor his wishes and hopes for the future of Flying Buffalo going forward.
So What Happens now?
Rick's sisters and the entire Buffalo team are committed to continuing to process and ship out your Kickstarter and other orders. In fact just today I did another 25 orders and they are now in shipping, ready to be packaged up. And tomorrow we'll be taking 40 finished orders to the post office. As of now, we only have about MSPE 175 orders left to ship out of the original 675 we started with. And we will continue to ship out your orders until all of them have gone out.
Are You going to Keep publishing?
Down the road there will also be new products for T&T, MSPE, Nuclear War, and Catalyst books like new Traps and Citybooks. They may not come as quickly as we'd like right now, as there is a lot to do in regards to taking care of Rick's estate and Flying Buffalo. But rest assured, we are soldiering onward. That's what Rick wanted us to do - and we plan to do just that. So you don't need to worry - your items will be shipped out.
Please feel free to post you comments below and if you want to contribute to help with Rick's Medial bills, funeral arrangements and other outstanding bills that have accrued due to Rick's illness you can contribute to his
Thank you all for your concern, your patience and your belief in Rick's dream - Flying Buffalo."

My thoughts go something like this Steve Crompton's had years of experience with his own company, comic book properties, etc as well as being heavily involved with Flying Buffalo since the very beginning of the Nuclear War card game. I've met Steve at several GenCons back in the 90's. He was/is a very nice guy & very capable so there isn't really any argument from me for a better manager for  Flying Buffalo. I wish to say nothing but good luck, my prayers, & great thoughts for Flying Buffalo moving forward into the future. My deepest condolences to Rick's family and friends. I heard the news and thought of all the laughter I shared with friends while playing Nuclear War. Thank you, Rick for publishing that game and for the time we spent playing it. But I'm grateful for the fact that Flying Buffalo will be moving forward into the future with a steady & faithful hand at the helm of the company.

Flying Buffalo's Website is Here. 

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