I just got the news of the death of Joe Dever, a legend in the gaming world, passed away this morning at the age of sixty.
A former musician, Dever was the creator of the long and successful Lone Wolf series of choose your own adventure game books, that later evolved into novels, comics and a roleplaying game.
His work is part of the culture and life story of many of us that play or create games.
I still remember the day I went to one of the best bookstores in Turin1, to order the first two Lone Wolf books I wanted to give my brother as gifts. It was, I think, 1986, and I had to explain what a choose your own adventure book was to the nice lady there. She was intrigued and delighted.
He was often a guest at the Lucca Comics and Games convention, and he will be sorely missed2