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Sid Sackson Passes Away at 82

Sackson was an incredible game designer with approximately 100 published games




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Sid Sackson, one of the most prolific and most respected game designers in the world, passed away at the age of 82 on November 6, 2002.

Bob Claster, author of the Web site The Great Games of Sid Sackson, posted this note on rec.games.board:

"The family of Sid Sackson has requested that I pass along the information that today (November 6, 2002), at the age of 82, after a long illness, Sid Sackson has passed away. For the past 25 years, Sid has insisted that he wanted no funeral and no eulogies. The family is reluctantly honoring his wishes."

Sackson's contributions to gaming are numerous, including classics like Acquire, Can't Stop, I'm the Boss, BuyWord, Metropolis and many others. In total, approximately 100 of his games have been published. In a 1987 article in Games magazine, he said that he had by then created more than 500 games.

He also wrote several books, including A Gamut of Games and Card Games Around the World. Sackson also was a regular contributor to Games magazine.

Through the years, Sackson amassed a game library that totalled more than 18,000 games. According to the 1987 Games article, he "has, or has reference material on, more than 15,000 different games, the largest such assemblage anywhere."

It was announced just weeks before his death that Sackson's game collection would be auctioned off on November 16, 2002, a date which turned out to be 10 days after his passing.

May he rest in peace.

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