Today, we regretfully bring you some sad news. Alan Bligh, the lead writer on the Horus Heresy games, has passed away. Alan was not only a valuable member of the Games Workshop family but a great human being. He was a talented writer, a dear friend and a supportive colleague. Our thoughts go out to Alan’s family and loved ones. We will all miss him dearly.
Alan worked at Games Workshop for 14 years and was a key member of the Forge World Studio for over a decade. He was utterly dedicated to his work and enriching the fictional universe that his words made real for so many.
Often found in Bugman’s Bar with a cup of tea in hand, Alan was a real gent, a warm man who spoke softly and emanated kindness. “Hello chap”, was among his favoured greetings and … Alan was never anything other than a pleasure to spend time with.
Generous with his time, Alan often attended events and hung around long after his seminars finished to talk with hobbyists and fans. His fellow writers in the Forge World and Citadel Studios often benefited from his insightful advice and collaborative approach. Alan was truly a walking encyclopaedia of Horus Heresy lore, and on more than one occasion came to the aid of a Black Library author, helping them craft a narrative that belonged in the universe he’d so lovingly curated.
Alan will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Definitely not as famous as the other chaps here, but Alan Bligh's been one of the main cogs in Games Workshop's stable, and still was up until his death. He's been massively responsible for a lot of good stuff for the Horus Heresy series, both in concert with authors for novels and the Warhammer 40,000 spinoff tabletop game.
Losing him right now, with Warhammer 40,000's 8th edition on the doorstep and the Horus Heresy game being stronger than ever, is a big blow I think. RIP, Alan. I'm sad I never got to have a chat with you at Bugman's... Should've gone to the Horus Heresy Weekender after all. Regret's overflowing.