According to ICv2, a fund has been set up to support medical care for longtime game designer Jim Ward, who’s suffering from a serious neurological disorder. Although the condition is treatable and manageable, it will remain serious and has required extensive medical care, for which the co-pays moved into five figures some time ago.
James M. Ward is an American game designer and fantasy author. Wikipedia cites Ward for his game development and writing work for TSR, Inc., where he worked for more than 20 years. The Dungeons & Dragons character Drawmij was named after him; “Drawmij” is simply “Jim Ward” spelled backwards. In 1989 he was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame. Ward was also author or co-author of Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (the 4th supplement to D&D), Metamorphosis Alpha (the first SF RPG) and Gamma World. He went on to design the Dragon Ball Z, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Spellfire CCGs and many other games. From 2000 – 2005, he was President of Fast Forward Entertainment, an independent game development company.
Tim Kask, founding editor of Dragon and Adventure Gaming magazine, said on the Friends of Starship Warden site:
The gaming world came close to saying goodbye to yet another of the pioneers of RPGing several months ago…Jim is very, very slowly recovering; every day is a new skirmmish with the disorder. He still suffers from acute bouts of dizziness and a pervasive lassitude due to bodily energy issues. While Jim and his family are fortunate to have some health insurance, the co-pays are mounting at an alarming rate, having hit five digits some while ago and showing no signs of abating any time soon.
To donate, visit Friends of Starship Warden.