Hey everyone, it's with a very heavy heart that I'm posting this. I found out just a few minutes ago that we've lost an amazing member of our community, Tre Chipman, aka "Ascendant
" (with an 'A'. D-A-N-T). All of my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this really difficult time, and I cannot empahsize enough how he represented the heroic spirit that binds our community (even the villains!) together.
One of my fondest memories was finally getting to meet Ascendant in virtual person during the Unity Rally, and reading the script
that he prepared for the event. It was amazing, as was chatting with him, and I'm going to miss him dearly from our ranks.
Godspeed Ascendant, you have been permanently etched into our history, just as you were etched into the very fabric of the game itself.A few more detailsDonations:
According to his obituary
, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504 or Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 7979 N 9th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32514.
Since I originally posted this, we've found out a few more details. Tre suffered from sudden liver and kidney failure that happened around the first of June.
His memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church
in Pensacola, FL. The service starts at 6:00pm Central. There are a few players coordinating a group
to attend. I wish I could go, but I checked my work schedule and we don't have coverage for our datacenter if I'm out of town.
If you're in the Pensacola area (it's on the Florida panhandle) and want to attend, please do, I really want his family and friends to know how much he meant to our community. If you're not close but want further justification for making the trip, the church is literally 15 minutes from the Gulf Coast, and right now is the best season to be there. Some of the best beaches in the country and seafood that's out of this world are there. (I spent a lot of time down there when I was younger.) Renting a condo room and staying a few days to enjoy the food and weather is certainly an option.
I normally wouldn't do this because of privacy concerns, but since he's gone and the information is slowly getting out anyway, here are a few important links.
I wanted to throw in a few links of people's reactions also. I know I've probably missed some, and for that I apologize; as much as I try to keep up to speed, sometimes things slip through the cracks. Still, I think it's a pretty good representation of how esteemed and appreciated Tre was to our community.