Thursday, July 16, 2020

Elisa Teague

I would like to take a moment and give a shout out to a good friend of the Trolls, Elisa Teague. I had the pleasure of meeting Elisa several years ago at Gencon. Aldo Ghiozzi, formally of Impressions now of Flat River Group, introduced us. For such an accomplished game designer she was insanely approachable, and we struck up a rather hilarious conversation. Since then we’ve crossed paths at a number of conventions and we’ve been lucky enough to have Elisa lend her talents to both The Lost City of Gaxmoor and The NPC Almanac. With a little luck this will only be the beginning of collaborative work between TLG and Elisa.

For those who may not know Elisa, she is best known as being a lead designer on Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk, Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition, the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game, and her Geek Out! line of games, including the just released Disney Edition, not to forget her RPG work for D&D, which includes Return to the Ghost Tower of Inverness and Wardlings, a 5e compatible campaign setting! She has some 100 titles to her name.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough couple of months for just about everywhere, but Elisa has been forced to carry more than the rest of us. In the middle of all this pandemic madness, her husband of many years passed away quite suddenly, leaving her and her two young children to find a new path. She did not have time to catch her breath before she was diagnosed with a tumor that had to be removed. This took several surgeries and put her and her family under more stress than most. She has handled all this with amazing resilience and continues to do so.

In order to help her manage this terrible cascade of events, a friend of hers set up a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign is to help her manage funeral costs and get her finances in a manageable shape. If you have a moment and can spare a little, please consider visiting the campaign and contributing.

Elisa is an amazing game designer and truly we would like to see her, pen to paper, and focused on the fun we all so very much enjoy.

Joe and Elisa Teague.

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