The Bell Tolls for Alan Bligh

Games Workshop and the industry has lost a shining light with the passing of Alan Bligh.

GW made an unexpected announcement today of Mr. Bligh’s passing.

“Today, we regretfully bring you some sad news. Alan Bligh, the lead writer on the Horus Heresy games, has passed away. Alan was not only a valuable member of the Games Workshop family but a great human being. He was a talented writer, a dear friend and a supportive colleague. Our thoughts go out to Alan’s family and loved ones. We will all miss him dearly.

Alan worked at Games Workshop for 14 years and was a key member of the Forge World Studio for over a decade. He was utterly dedicated to his work and enriching the fictional universe that his words made real for so many.”

John French begins his heartfelt writing on his passing with a few more details:

“Alan Bligh died on the 26th of May 2017 after a brief fight with cancer. “

Mr. Bligh is most known as the brilliant force behind the Horus Heresy line at Black Library.  His passion and devotion to bringing that setting to full colorful life has enthralled countless fans around the globe. One cannot help but see the incredible dedication to the quality of work the Horus Heresy series represents without feeling the indomitable vision and will behind it. The work and man who created it speaks for itself. This is the stuff of gaming and product design legend, built to stand the test of time. This is the type of work that will be fondly cherished and remembered decades down the road by readers, gamers and collectors –  a testament to their creator and guiding hand.

It is said that a man dies twice: on the day he dies, and the last time anyone speaks his name.

The world will be speaking of Mr. Bligh and his works for a long, long time to come.

~Please offer your respectful condolences and thoughts on his legacy below.

  • Denoobie

    Condolences to Mr Bligh’s friends and loved ones.

  • Randy Randalman

    A legend who helped bring in one of the most original and enriching fictions of our time.

  • Xodis

    Its always sad to lose one of our own.

  • benvoliothefirst

    I’m strictly a Fantasy player, so I can’t speak to his work with 40k, but having read his work on the Monstrous Arcanum and Tamurkhan, it’s obvious that he loved what he did, and what a wonderful gift he gave to the world to share his talent and passion with us all. An inspiring man. Thank you, Alan.

  • ZeeLobby

    Simply amazing stuff. Will be missed.

  • SilentPony

    He’s a man I wanted to know. The world is a lesser place without him.

  • Myu

    Rest in peace

  • Iconoc1ast

    Omg! That is so sad!

    RIP Alan xxxx


  • jack boland

    I had the pleasure of meeting Alan only once. He signed my copy of Inferno and spent 15 minutes of his busy time at the weeeknder explaining some obscure map of all the warp currents in the heresy. I can never be thankful enough for all the joy he brought to my life. He quite literally opened new universes to me. While I was a bit embarrassed at the time to thank him for all his work, I dearly wish I would have now. Alan, thank you and rest in peace. Until next winter.

    • Paul Donvito

      That is incredibly touching. What a wonderful epitaph. Your honesty is incredible. What a memory to keep for all time. Thank you for sharing.

  • Aura1

    Reading many of the authors reacting to Alan Bligh’s passing its easy to see why he was so revered and adored by the creative community. Not only was he a top rate games designer, who dearly loved the lore and the fans excitement at the universe he was one of the driving forces for, but he seems to have been a fount of wisdom and calm for all the minds who try to expand the hobby into something worthy of its epic themes and adult philosophies (whilst never forgetting that it was about fun amongst the darkness).

    I never got to meet Alan, but I have met a lot of the Black Library authors and every single one would have some variation on the theme of, ‘well, when I got stuck, I turned to Alan…’

    I hope other game designers and writers take the time to really absorb what he did with the Horus Heresy series at Forgeworld. Whilst many will never take a ‘game writer’ seriously in the snobbery of the fiction world, some of the most detailed, intriguing, classiest world building and empathetic writing went into those books. He wasn’t afraid of galactic sized events but never forgot that we saw it through the tragedy of characters that seemed real and honest.

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  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    My condolences to all who knew him. That’s a lot of people as his work was far reaching. Our hobby has lost a mighty force. Thank you Sir.

  • Got to meet him a couple of times at Games Days. I remember when Horus Heresy was announced in Chicago and he was there explaining it all.

    Thank you for the contribution you made to this hobby and for becoming one of the cornerstones of the 40,000 universe sir.

  • MechBattler

    “Alan. We need you to adapt Horus Heresy to 8th edition.”

    “Well I guess it’s going to stay with the 7th edition rules then…”

  • Warboss_Stalin

    Sad. Doubly so as he was young