Scott Bennie, writer on Interplay’s Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Fallout and others, has died

Scott Bennie, writer, producer and designer of several video games and tabletop role-playing games, has died aged 61 from pneumonia, his Facebook page confirmed.

Although you may not recognize Scott Bennie by name, you probably know some of his work. At Interplay in the 1990s, he was producer and designer of the two-volume adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, as well as strategy simulations Castles and Castles: The Northern Campaign. His other Interplay credits, primarily as a writer, include the Star Trek games Starfleet Academy, Judgment Rites, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Starfleet Command, and Starfleet Command 2, as well as Castles 2: Siege and Conquest and the first Fallout.