End of a Vision

I was shocked tonight to see the announcement that Brad McQuaid passed away.  I first saw the news from the Pantheon MMO account on Twitter and wondered if it was real, it seemed so out of the blue.

It is with deep regret we share that Brad McQuaid passed away last night. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by gamers worldwide.

Thank you for bringing us together through your worlds. Rest in peace .

VR offers our deepest condolences to Brad’s family.

But it appears to be true.  There are reactions all over the MMO space, including some words from the EverQuest team.

From the EverQuest Teams,

We are devastated to hear of the passing of Brad McQuaid and are eternally grateful for the EverQuest Universe he was instrumental in creating. His effect on all of us, the gaming industry overall, and fans of EverQuest and RPGs is immeasurable, and been life-changing for so many.

Continue your great quest, Aradune. May your next adventure be even more grand than this one.

I am kind of in shock.  I’ve been dismissive of his vision and pretty hard on how Vanguard turned out, but without him there would have been no EverQuest and the landscape of the MMORPG genre would have been very different.

Always the guy with the flaming sword

I played with him on TorilMUD back in the day.  It is hard to believe that was more than 20 years ago, that EverQuest is now past 20, and that he is gone.  He even dropped by here to comment a few times, always in his long winded way. He had an impact on the industry that will carry on.

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7 thoughts on “End of a Vision

  1. Izlain

    Definitely not expected. There wasn’t ever news that he was having issues. Perhaps it was something sudden, but even then with our ever connected age you would think this would have been news for a while?

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  2. C. T. Murphy

    It is incredibly shocking. I know Brad could be divisive at times in his approach, but you never want to lose someone so suddenly or so early. I have long respected that he managed to maintain an uncompromising vision in the worlds he created even if it cost him success.

    Without a doubt, he was an essential pioneer to the genre, one whose voice has been sorely missed, and one I have optimistically been hoping to hear from again soon.

    For the joy and excitement his dreams were able to conjure up in a younger me, I will forever be in his debt. I hope he lands in one of the good planes.

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  3. bhagpuss

    Stunned to wake up this morning and read this totally unexpected news. Brad was directly responsible for most of what I’ve enjoyed doing with my free time for the last two decades. He died far too soon but his vision will live on.

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