Andrew Scott Hackard

24 décembre 197017 juin 2021

Andrew Scott Hackard, also known as the Munchkin Czar and as The Red Pen of Doom, was always his own man from the moment of his birth on December 24, 1970 at Ft. Hood, Texas. He made his grand entrance into the world less than an hour after his parents arrived at the hospital. He walked at 10 months, was reading at 3 years of age and taking high school algebra as a fifth grader. He continued to amaze family, friends and coworkers with his intellectual abilities throughout his life. His death on June 17, 2021 at the age of 50 years, five months and 24 days was way too soon.

Above all else, Andrew loved his family and friends beyond measure. He thoroughly enjoyed astronomy, word play, the Texas Longhorns, board and card games, eclectic styles of music, science fiction, computers, writing, and Cowboy Bebop --- although not necessarily in that order at any given point in his life. If he had a passion for it, he excelled at it. He had a personality as big as the universe and even bigger heart. He was generous, creative, hardworking, fun-loving, a natural mentor, and all around amazing soul! The career he settled into at Steve Jackson Games as a game designer/ Munchkin Czar/ Line Editor capitalized on every conceivable gift that his larger- than- life persona had to offer. The world will miss this marvelous wordsmith and incorrigible punster!

Andrew was diagnosed with a glioblastoma just as the COVID-19 pandemic was shutting everything down. This awful disease began to infiltrate the part of his brain that handles communication and cognition – the very things for which he had been most well-known. However, that did not stop him from putting forth every effort to continue the work he dearly loved for Steve Jackson Games, and it did not steal his humor or love for those close to him. The essence of Andrew remained intact even when the tumor caused words to fail him.

Andrew is survived by his parents, James Clifford “Jim” and Sandra McBride Hackard of San Antonio, TX; his sister, Gretchen Hackard of Garland, TX; his grandma, Lois Hackard of Austin, TX; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and scores of friends he considered as family despite having no blood relationship at all. He was predeceased by grandparents William Andrew McBride, Sr., Dorothy Rainbolt McBride, and Clifford Thorne Hackard; his uncle, Edward Scott Hackard; and his aunt, Judith “Judy” Ann Green McBride.

Pursuant to his wishes, in lieu of a traditional funeral service, at least one celebration of Andrew’s life is being planned for later in the year. He stated the emphasis is to be on celebration with food, photographs, good times remembered, music, and games -- with any formalities kept brief. Information about these plans will be shared by his family in the next few months. For those wishing to do so, donations in Andrew’s memory may be made to The National Brain Tumor Society www.braintumor.org or to Hospice Austin www.hospiceaustin.org . Contact information for the family is 5706 Sky Country, San Antonio TX 78247. The family wants to express deep appreciation to Steve Jackson Games, Brave Combo, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Hospice Austin for their kindness and care during Andrew’s illness. See you, Space Cowboy … I know your Red Pen of Doom is editing this as I type.


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Andrew Scott Hackard


David "Nugget" McNett

2 juillet , 2021

I am thankful for my two opportunities for friendship with Andrew. We grew up together as young children in Indianapolis, and then later in adulthood when I moved to Texas in the early 2000s. I'll forever miss his sense of humor and unabashed genuine humanity and openness. Andrew was a wonderful friend and made a huge dent in the universe. He'll be missed by everyone who knew him.

Jared Gibo

1 juillet , 2021

I love my uncle. I miss him. I don’t really have any words to describe the feelings I have on losing him; I think the reason in that being is that I don’t really feel like he’s gone. My uncle is a good man, one of the kindest and most genuine people you could ever come in contact with. His soul will forever be with me and anyone who he cared for. I know he’s smiling over me as I’m writing this, love you uncle Andrew 💙

John Henson

29 juin , 2021

Our prayers are with the family! I got to meet him at Tupelo Con, and got to talk with him over a meal. I really liked him, kept in touch after the con, via Facebook and text. I know Steve Jackson Games crew are mourning along with us all. May GOD Be with the family. We truly lost a great man!

Justin De Witt

28 juin , 2021

I worked with Andrew at Steve Jackson Games and he was one of the first people there to make me feel welcome. It didn't take long to know that you were in for a laugh, (or sometimes a groan) when Andrew had something to say. He was incredibly supportive both personally and professionally when I launched my own company, and I can honestly say he was a huge part of the success we've had. I wish I had been able to play more games with him and spend more time together. I'm very thankful that we were able to get together one last time just before he passed, but it won't make me miss him any less. See you space cowboy.

Tim Trentham

27 juin , 2021

I first met Andrew in person at an SJ Games open house in 2010 with my older son. He was super welcoming to us and took us out back with the Orc B Gone chainsaw to let my son "attack the gazebo". I saw him several other times over the years, the last time being the first Fnordcon in the Spring of 2019 with my younger son when we did a round of Munchkin with him. He was always generous with his time for both boys and always super nice. We became Twitter friends over time in between in person encounters. He will be sorely missed and I'm sad I didn't know he was sick or get to say goodbye.

RIP Andrew. You were one of the good ones and we'll remember you every time we play a round of Munchkin. Hook 'em!

Scott Cash Thompson

26 juin , 2021

So sadden to hear about the loss of Andrew. I knew Andy since our days at Wood and Madison. His intellect was of the charts and his humor was contagious. Love, prayers and blessings to him and all his loved ones.

Al Griego

25 juin , 2021

I really enjoyed chatting with him. During a break at a convention, before/after playtest sessions, or at the SJG HQ. it didn’t matter what we talked about. I could ask advice, talk about games, music, or life in general. He always had time.

Margaret (White) Kaysa

25 juin , 2021

One of my first memories of Andy was 6th or 7th grade at Wood Middle School in San Antonio. He was the "quiet, super smart" guy that went to the high school everyday for math class. I distinctly remember one time in middle school when everyone went outside to watch a solar eclipse, and he explained to everyone around him why we had to look through the special paper-folded "thingies" we made in science class so we wouldn't hurt our eyes. Over the years, Andy became everyone's friend, always kind, and never made anyone around him feel "dumb" because our intelligence wasn't quite on the same level as his. The James Madison High School Might Mavericks, Class of '88, lost a brother way too soon!! Godspeed dear friend! You've left a beautiful legacy of friends and family!! My deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends, near and far!!

Molly McBride

25 juin , 2021

Andy was funny kind loving person. I miss his bear hugs…. Rip u hook horns

Susan Bueno

25 juin , 2021

Andrew, I miss you every day. It’s so great to read all the good memories people have of you. Hook ‘em.