Scott Bennie had a hand in many games under Interplay’s wings.
Bennie was a writer, producer, and designer of several video games and tabletop RPGs during his career, and his work is best known to those who have been playing games as early as the 1990s. At Interplay, he produced and designed the adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and held a similar role for Castles and Castles: The Northern Campaign. His other work with Interplay has mainly involved writing.
He did so for some not so weak games: of the Star Trek games, he was involved with Starfleet Academy, Judgment Rites, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Starfleet Command and Starfleet Command 2, but also Castles 2: Siege and Conquest, and the very first Fallout! But he didn’t make a big deal about it: in a 2017 interview with Steemit, he said, “I didn’t have that much to do with Fallout. A few maps, some bits of the Hub, and some system messages. And the Mysterious Stranger Perk. And I named Dogmeat – if anything endures of my writing career, it will be that dog’s name.”
Bennie has worked on Descent, Descent to Undermountain, Stonekeep, Champions of Norrath, and the Enhanced CD-ROM version of SimCity. Beyond that, his primary focus has been on desktop RPGs. He has also written supplements and adventures for Dungeons & Dragons, Champions, Marvel Superheroes, Mutants & Masterminds, Lord of the Rings and World of Warcraft. For Champions, he created the Gestalt-Earth environment.
Bennie was best known for his role as Thundrax, a superhero in the MMO Champions Online. Jesse Heining, a former Interplay colleague, wrote on Facebook, “For many people, role-playing is a chance to try to play, for a little while, as someone different, but for Scott, Thundrax seemed like ‘What if Scott had superpowers?’ He was kind, thoughtful, and ready to help, all qualities that Scott carried in spades.” And Bennie’s Facebook page says that complications from pneumonia caused his death.
Scott Bennie lived 61 years. God rest his soul.
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