In Memoriam: Rick Lighthiser - Venture-Lieutenant of Northern NJ

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5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, New York—Nassau County aka VLTRokktor

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Rick and I ran together in PAthfinder and LSJ. But he was also a dear friend and his absense leave a hole that can never be filled. The Eyes ofTen Group wil play tomorrow and he will be with them . God Bless yuo Rick. Take a seat at the gaming table in the sky.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 5/5

Sounds like a really good guy and we all need more of them. So sorry to hear. What a loss.

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Francia aka bengrow

All my wishes to his familly and his friends.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, United Kingdom—England—Coventry aka terry_t_uk

My condolences to his family and friends
I'll do my best to roll some crits on his behalf at the next convention


Sounds like by the time the rest of us make it to the Boneyard he'll already have a lodge set up for us to join.

My sympathies to those who knew him.

Silver Crusade 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Camp Hill aka Big Joe

My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/5

Rest in peace Rick. A huge loss to our community.

5/5 5/55/5 RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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I don't even know what to say. Rick was one of the first few people to GM a PFS game for me. It was at Fall Mepacon maybe 5 years ago. Quest for Perfection Part 2. I just wish I had gotten the chance to play at a table with him one more time. He will be missed.

Silver Crusade

Thoughts and Prayers with his family and friends. The family and friends are now the most important they need all the support that the nearest persons in their lifes can we will give them.

My condolences to the family and friends, Rest in Peace dear SEEKER of the Pathfinder Society, ever in our hearts and thoughts!! And now rest at right side of Sarenrae!!

Grand Lodge

Rest in peace and may you always be at the gaming table. My prayers go out to your family and friends. May you rest in peace.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5

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May peace be with his family and loved ones, and may his soul know a peaceful rest.

Though I had never met Rick, it's clear he was one of the best, from reading the testimonials of others. Let us always keep a place for him in our circle.

Rick was a really great person. I'm going to miss him a lot. Rest in peace my friend.

To his family and friends I offer my sincere condolences on your loss. Please know that though he has passed from this world, he was needed in the next.


Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5

My condolences to his family and friends.

The Exchange 5/5 Venture-Captain, Ireland—Belfast aka heretic

My condolences to Rick's family and friends.

Times like this I am always reminded of the line from Tolkien "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Reading here it seems clear that Rick made exceptional use of his.


Dark Archive

Sounds like a gaming great and a great loss to us all. Condolences.

James Apostolou wrote:
I would request that Rick would gain a paizo volunteer coin Mike.

Certainly a place on the wall of names for Chandler of Sarenrae, possibly in scenario.

Silver Crusade 4/5

Rest in peace.

Shadow Lodge 4/5

We'll miss you, Rick.

I first met Rick in 1980 at PrinceCon in Princeton, NJ. They used to pit the good players vs the evil ones in a sort of grand melee for awards in that less-enlightened time of sometimes-competitive rpg gaming. I will forever remember his merciful treatment of my evil priest, when he used a gentle hold person spell on me and spared my life. From that moment forward we were good friends.

He always had a kind word for everyone, and was never flustered no matter what life threw his way. He was a rock in the storm always, and we are all diminished by his passing.

Rest in peace dear friend. You will be forever missed.

Sovereign Court

Sad news :(

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

He was one of the best person I've every had the chance to meet. He will be missed.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

So sorry to hear it.

Peace to his friends, condolences to his family.

Dark Archive

Desna weeps, thank you for your dedication to the community

5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Vermont—St. Johnsbury aka GM Harpwizard

My thoughts and prayers go out to Rick's family and friends. This is quite a loss to the community! I give you my heartfelt condolences to each and every one of you.

Sovereign Court 2/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Texas—Mount Pleasant aka dilligaff

Rest in peace friend. Best wishes to your family. God bless you

Dark Archive 4/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

He was a lively and entertaining player and GM. Sorry to see him go. He will be missed.

Venture-Agent, New Jersey

A beautiful posting, June. Though you're probably right that Rick wouldn't have wanted us to be sad, I'm afraid that I can't oblige. He was one of the nicest people I've met. I never got to know him as much as I wanted to, unfortunately, but I consider myself blessed to have interacted with him as much as I did. He was an inspiration, and such a kind person. I will miss him. The world has lost a great person, the sort of which there are already far too few. My condolences especially to his family, and to those who were lucky enough to have known him better than I.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Washington—Seattle aka Taenia

My condolences to the family and hopes that the good times will always remain bright when they think of him.

Silver Crusade

Thanks Rick for the great memories and laughing at my jokes. God bless.


My condolences to family and friends. The entire world is diminished by the loss of a man so beloved.

Silver Crusade

[pours a six pack of cure critical's on the curb]

Dark Archive

I can say I have had the pleasure to to GM for him, have him GM for me and to have played our characters together at the same table. He brought enjoyment to every table he sat at, and I considered him both a fine game and friend.

I will miss him and send my condolences to his family and all his friends, near and far, whom he touched with his actions and deeds on both sides of the screen.

Scarab Sages Co-Owner - Comic Fusion

So sad to hear of Richards passing. He came to our store and ran our first Pathfinder Society game last Free RPG Day. Now we run a game 2 times a month and it is a blast. My heart goes out to those who know him better and his family.

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

My condolences to his family and friends, the world is a poorer place without him.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, New Zealand—Dunedin aka dinketry

It sure sounds like Cayden Cailean has a spiffy new drinking buddy. RIP Rick.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Baltic

My condolences to family and friends.

Liberty's Edge

My condolences to the family and friends.

Lantern Lodge 3/5

My condolences to Rick's family and friends.

Grand Lodge

Condolences to Rick's family and friends. A great guy, who will be missed by many.


Deepest condolences to all who knew him.

Lantern Lodge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, South Dakota—Rapid City aka Black Powder Chocobo

You have my condolences.


Condolences to his family and friends. Hosting a d20 in honor as I write this.

Grand Lodge 3/5

Sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences to his friends and family.

Dark Archive

Rick was a great player, but a greater person. Always easy to talk to and be around. He had a strong knowledge of the rules as a player and as a GM but always played and ran to tell a memorable story. We all always looked forward to having Rick at the table whether it was at a convention, game store or when he often opened his home to us. While his battle was long, he never let it affect those around him and was always positive. He was a true asset to our community, a true friend, and will be sorely missed.

Scarab Sages

I did not have the opportunity or good fortune to meet Rick, but I certainly wish I had and I feel sadder for not having known him.

I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the NJ PFS community.

Rick, I wish you good journeys. May you always roll high.

Liberty's Edge

Rest in peace, Rick.

The Exchange 5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Iceland

I never met the man but after reading these posts I wish i had. Sad news indeed, the world needs more people like him.

My condolences to everyone who knew Rick.

Grand Lodge

I had the pleasure to meet Rick late last spring and had the honor and privilege to be a regular at his table throughout last summer until the group had to move to another location. Rick was a person of great character and kindness. He immediately made all those at his table feel comfortable. I greatly enjoyed our sessions that Rick GM'ed throughout the summer. He exhibited all the positive qualities that define a stellar GM. He will be sorely missed around the gaming tables of Northern New Jersey, for sure. I hope that his spirit will live through the hearts of all those who had the chance to know him. My deepest condolences to his wife and family and to all his friends and fellow gamers.

Paizo Employee Developer

I'm saddened by this news, as I played with Rick a number of times while I lived in New York. I'll always remember a game of The Frozen Fingers of Midnight he ran as a slot 0 for me and other GMs in the NYC PFS region, because it was during this game that I learned of the passing of my grandmother. Rick was extremely caring that night, and while I continued the game, he was very understanding and gave me as much time as I needed to compose myself. I hadn't played with Rick for many years before reading this, but I remember him as a kind, fair, and fun GM, and I'm sad for the New Jersey Pathfinder Society community, his family, and many friends.

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