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emckinney09 Sep 2021 9:16 a.m. PST

Winchell Chung, the artist who illustrated the first edition of Ogre and originated the classic designs for the Ogre, GEV, and the other vehicles, has a terminal diagnosis. Of course, the Ogre miniatures are based on his designs.

From Ken Burnside:

Winchell Chung, AKA Nyrath, the curator of Atomic Rockets, has what appears to be a terminal diagnosis.

Winchell's family has a succession plan in place for someone to take over hosting and curation of Atomic Rockets. I've offered my assistance on that if it's needed.

Winchell is a painfully shy person. Nothing pleased him more than having people refer back to his site and cite his work. If the work he put into the last twenty years of his life changed your life for the better, please write him a note in this Google Document. I'll be sending it on to him later tonight.


(For those not familiar, the massive Atomic Rockets site is something of a bible for harder SF, mixed with huge amounts of "history of SF." It provides immense amounts of information about real space/spaceship/space weapon science, astronomy, and about a million other things. link)

mad monkey 109 Sep 2021 9:36 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear. His Ogre art work was iconic.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2021 10:21 a.m. PST

Sad news.

Stryderg09 Sep 2021 11:00 a.m. PST

Sad news indeed. My prayers for him and his family. Loved playing Ogre.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian09 Sep 2021 11:22 a.m. PST

Many exchanges over the years on list-serves

This is sad news frown

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2021 11:35 a.m. PST

I am stunned by this news. His site has been a goto place for me as I've worked on both games and my WIP science fiction novel. I pray for a recovery. I will certainly add my thanks to the document!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2021 12:20 p.m. PST

Hard news – thoughts and prayers to Wichell and family

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2021 12:48 p.m. PST

Dammit. I love Winchell's work.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Sep 2021 1:01 p.m. PST

Love his style, admire his website. Best wishes!

cloudcaptain09 Sep 2021 4:03 p.m. PST

Very talented guy. Sad to see him go. He was inspirational to many including myself.

Chimpy09 Sep 2021 4:12 p.m. PST

A fantastic website and source for general knowledge. The problem is now I tend to pick out all the faults with science fiction films that feature space combat.

He will be missed.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2021 7:17 p.m. PST

Sad news. Thanks for letting us know.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2021 9:00 p.m. PST

Oh, man. His artwork definitely inspired me. So sad to hear this.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 2:29 a.m. PST


Andrew Walters10 Sep 2021 9:53 a.m. PST

His art for Ogre and Warp War in the ad in the back pages of Science News are what caught my eye, leading to me ordering those games, then every game from Metagaming, and thus a life of gaming. I have always loved the Ogre armor units and keep that art around all the time. I even have an Ogre silhouette on my car, never mind the T-shirts and the Ogre banner. His artwork inspires me to want to make cool things.

I am very glad Atomic Rockets will continue. I wish more people were wise enough to make sure their contributions survive them.

May we all contribute as much fun to the world as he has.

My prayers and best wishes for his family in this difficult time.

Thresher0110 Sep 2021 1:04 p.m. PST

I'm sorry to hear that.

I enjoyed reading the various short stories for the series produced, and seeing what I presume was his artwork.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa15 Sep 2021 8:36 a.m. PST

Very sad.

SBminisguy21 Sep 2021 2:48 p.m. PST

I'm so sorry to hear that! I love his Atomic Rockets site and other works.

tkdguy02 Oct 2021 4:31 p.m. PST

Sad to hear this. I'll pass this along to another forum where Winchell and I were both active.

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