Today i heart the sad news about Jasper, our lead beta tester of the team. He died 21 March 2011.
Posted by SPY-maps on Mar 29th, 2011
Jasper was a great guy, and he was the perfect example of that older man can still love gaming. Jasper was in his 60-ties and followed the modding scene with great interest for quit some years now.
About a year ago or so he mailed me that he loved the previous Hl2 sp-mods that we made and he wanted to beta test new mods if we still needed a good tester. Well, beta testers do we all need, always. But over time i got quit sceptic about such requests, because beta testing is a so much more as just playing a map or mod ones and say, great mod, loved it!
Still, something said me that Jasper was censer so i did sent him a new map and not even one day later i did get a full report back, with screens, text and more.
He was so dedicated that it was a joy to have my maps tested by him, he was always friendly, willing and full of support. And, he loved the same gameplay as i do, "loads" of enemies.
He was the lead tester on our last Final Project Diary sp-mod, (what isn't our best mod by far). Still, he liked it a lot. And he was very busy with testing the new maps for this new mod. In fact, the title was a idea of him. The last few months he even wanted to do more for the dev team, and we talked about what he then could do. I always need good textures and he was interested to look in to this, he liked the idea of making textures, beside keeping testing of course.
The last 9 days i didn't hear from him anymore, and that when he almost every day was in contact with me and the others. And when i upload 2 new maps and didn't hear from him i became slightly worried. I even wrote on our private dev. forum; maybe there is something wrong with him?
But never, NEVER could i think that there was indeed something wrong with him.
Jasper, you where a great friend and team member,
and we miss you and you're input and comments.
The modding world has lost a very valuable community member
because not only did he mean a lot to our team, he also was a valuable moderator of PlanetPhillip,
and did help out other mod teams with advice.
Jasper, i know you are now in a much better place and will look down on us,
thanks for all the lovely time we have spent with you,