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 Post subject: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:25 am 
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It is our sad duty to inform the members of Warpshadow that Ross Nickle, better known to us all as Accommodator, passed away suddenly on the evening of Monday March 22. Ross is survived by his wife and daughter.

If you’re shocked, know that we are even more so. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to meet Ross, as myself, Moloch, and Hydra have, would quickly realize that the man was as dependable in real life as he ever was in this magical cyber world of ours. Just as Accommodator may have seemed like a pillar of this community—someone who would always be around to solve our problems and slay our spambots—so, too, did Ross Nickle seem like someone who was dependable to the point of immortality.

Honestly.

I think we all had so much faith in Ross Nickle that we were almost counting on him to always be around to steer Warpshadow true. And it was more than a simple matter of taking him for granted. If you ever met Ross, you could attest to the fact that there was something about him...something that was so good at never being beaten and always being prepared, as if it were impossible for him to not be prepared.

But, to quote a cliché, Death makes fools of us all.

In addition to being the Hive Mind of the Warpshadow board for the last few years, Ross also never hesitated to put his money and his time behind cockamamie schemes like the 2008 and 2009 Games Day tables. He was at once project manager and lead cheerleader for the tables. Whenever the build team would get distracted elsewhere or get bogged down in the details of one particular part of the project, Ross would set us straight. He was also the one to come up with the idea and the solution for installing lights in the table, a little something extra that likely went a long way to winning Warpshadow the title of Best Table at Games Day Toronto 2008. Though we failed to give as strong a showing at Games Day 2009 (and I'll take the fall for that -Pinky), we are glad that Ross got to share in the 2008 victory.

Having to make such an announcement, we are reminded of the news of Warseer/Rumour guru Brimstone’s passing a few months back. Though Accommodator was by no means as widely known as Brimstone, there is a similarly odd feeling about the whole thing: a feeling of a duality of lives lived. Ross had a very real life, out in the real world, but he also had another life here and in similar online communities. Just as the process of mourning has been going on for some time in the outside world, we hope that we can start the process here, on the board that is a second home to many of us, a board that was both Ross Nickle's second home and his second job right up until the end.

If anyone has any stories of interactions with Ross that they'd like to share, or any condolences for Ross' family, please take this thread as an open forum for expressing them.

Additionally, the members of the Gestalt are trying to come up with some suitable way for the community to memorialize Ross, but we'll post more on that once we've sorted it out.

Until then, Love and Tentacles

-The Gestalt

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:41 am 
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Shocking news. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Over on SWC http://swchq.co.uk/swcforum/viewtopic.p ... 54&start=0 Harkon Greywolf is selling all of Jon/Brimstone's model collection and 100% of the proceeds are going to Brimstone's son.


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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:42 am 
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This is terrible! It seems like the reaper is suddenly stalking Nid players.

How old was he?

Do we have details regarding the cause of his death?

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:49 am 
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This is seriously a sad thing :(

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
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I'm truly stunned. I know I've only been here for a short while, but I got to interact with Ross a couple of times. He was always courteous and helpful; he made my arrival into this community even more friendly than I expected.

My sincere condolences and prayers go out to his loved ones. I have a feeling they lost a real treasure.

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:02 am 
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omg... my condolences to his family... being the pr0nbot wont be the same now (forum signup joke, the system thought I was a bot)

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:13 am 
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Truly sad news. My condolences to his family.


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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:17 am 
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I've not been here long, but I respected Accomodator as warpshadow's Hive Tyrant and liked him as a person.
He was an amusing and forgiving man, and I'm sad I didn't talk to him more.

My deepest regret at his loss, and to his family in their time of mourning- and to all his many friends on Warpshadow.

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:06 am 
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That is terrible! So sudden. I wish I could have met him in real life as he seemed like a very smart and nice man. I didn't think he was so old. My condolences to family and friends.

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:32 am 
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Sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences to his family.


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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
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My condolences to his family. Accommodator was one of the first to welcome me onto this board, and worked tirelessly for everyone here. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but he will be sorely missed.

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
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Aw man! That's terrible! Ross was a great guy, I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times! I've always been very impressed by the massive number of fully painted models he had.

The heirophant of the forum is gone :(

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
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That's really sad - it always seemed like he was here. I guess I just thought he always would be.

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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
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 Post subject: Re: Accommodator/Ross Nickle
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This is devastating :cry: :cry: For me he was the biggest warpshadow pillar, much like brimstone was warseer's.
Both I had the pleasure to chat with... things will never be the same without them.
Just a few days ago I Pm'd Accommodator so I'm truly shocked because I never espect these things to happen... specially to the best amoung us :cry:

Deep condolences to his familly may they endure in these so sad days.

I seriously doubt I will recover anytime soon... everytime I go to warseer i can only think on Brimstone... and same will happen here with Accommodator.

The warpshadow number 1 is no longer between us and will be missed.

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