I met Mike several years ago. We share a hobby, Warhammer 40k. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a tabletop strategy war game like a mix of chess and Risk but you get to decide what makes up your army. What sets it apart for millions of fans is the lore. Games Workshop has spent more than 30 years building up the stories that support its properties making it attractive to a wider market than just the competitive gamers. If you like dark humor, epic wars, grand heroes and on going schemes with the trademark gleeful nihilism of the UK, then Games Workshop’s lore has you covered. Amongst the numerous writers and supporters for this lore is author Dan Abnett. His name should sound familiar to comic enthusiasts. Amongst his works are a celebrated run on Guardians of the Galaxy, the currently running Aquaman series, as well as the acclaimed War of Kings story event. During a Games Workshop hosted event, Mike was able to meet his favorite author:
Mohsin- If I remember correctly you got to meet one of your favorite authors a few years back. Dan Abnett. What was that like? What happened?
Mike- So i guess some background. Abnett’s one of my favourite authors. Was super stoked to meet him. Met him at Gamesday, too bad we don’t have those anymore. Now one of the things I praise him for all the time. Is he’s not afraid to kill characters. Even beloved ones. Story for another time but in my opinion, Harry Potter would have been much better if Harry had to die to save the world. A lot of people don’t like to see characters die. But it’s sometimes important and it gets rid of impenetrable plot protection
Joey (a friend) still hasn’t finished Gaunt’s Ghosts Series because his favorite characters get killed.
I met Abnett. Chatted with him a bit. Thanked him for writing awesome stories and for being unforgiving. He signed a copy of Ravenor for me. We talked a bit about what might be next in the inquisition war trilogy and he confirmed my suspicion that it would be 3 sets of 3 books happening at different times but with the main characters all tied together. Basically when we were done chatting, he said the classic, “Is there anything else I can do for you today?” To which I replied, “Umm if you could kill me in one of your stories, it’d be pretty rad. He was a little surprised and asked why. To which I replied, “Simple, I want to live forever”
Mohsin- That’s awesome. What was his reaction?
Mike- He definitely got the reference. Laughed a bunch. I think he said something along the lines of the “Tanith needs men like you.”
Asking Mike about the story even today makes him grin. Because he made his icon laugh. Because he was able to give back just a little bit of what was given to him.