Scott Bennie, the writer/producer/designer for Interplay’s Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Fallout back in the day, has died due to pneumonia complications. He was 61, according to a recent Facebook page update.
If you are not familiar with his name, you are most likely familiar with his writing and game design works. Back in the 90s he worked on the video game Lord of the Rings adaptations at Interplay. He has writing credits in Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Star Trek: Judgment Rites, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Star Trek: Starfleet Command, and the Fallout series. In fact, he was the one who gave the famous dog in the game its trademark name: Dogmeat (via Steemit interview).
“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 the name of that dog.”
He also was known for working on the Champions tabletop game and also playing a superhero named Thundrax in the MMORPG Champions Online. Here are the kind words game developers have shared online about the man:
Rest in peace, Scott Bennie, and thank you for the gaming memories.