Gale Force Nine game designer, Sean Sweigart has sadly passed away just age 48.
Following complications after surgery, Sweigart passed away on December 27th. An announcement post on the Gale Force Nine website goes on to say:
“Sean always sought new challenges. He relished innovating and creating. Sean wanted to make thematic games that told stories, games in which people could immerse themselves. He succeeded, and was rightly proud of his work.
Sean was a close friend to those around him, passionate about games (among many other things!) and his presence will be sorely missed.”
Sweigart had worked at Gale Force Nine for over a decade, having helped design both Star Trek: Ascendancy and Firefly: The Game as well as having contributed to a number of the publisher’s TV and film properties such as Sons of Anarchy, Spartacus and Homeland. Prior to his tenure at Gale Force Nine, he worked at Games Workshop for four years before opening his own FLGS, Omnidon’s, in the early 1990’s.
John Kovaleski, a fellow designer, has set up a memorial fund on GoFundMe on behalf of Sweigart’s daughter, Alyssa, to provide support with Sean’s medical bills and her own tuition fees, which her father previously helped to cover.