Disclaimer: I worked briefly for Lou Zocchi back in the early 1980s. I consider him a friend although he’s not a fan of technology so haven’t talked to him since the late 1980s or mid-1990s.
I didn’t see this until last night on the Greyhawk Grognard Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/GreyhawkGrognard/. Lou had a fire that destroyed his garage, looks like it was reported about 5 days ago on Twitter. I believe he is the only employee at his company and this fire wiped out a lot more than inventory. He is not one that takes to computers so a lot of what he lost was not backed up on computers or the cloud. I consider Gamescience dice to be the gold standard for dice. Lou has done his best to create dice that are truly random. Check out YouTube videos on Gamescience dice.
Lou Zocchi – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Zocchi is a gaming legend. He’s frequently seen at gaming conventions. One of his most unusual contributions to gaming was the Zocchihedron – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zocchihedron (not obvious in the photo, but it looks like a giant golf ball), affectionately known as a golf ball to many of us who owned one or more. It’s 100-sided die. While it was later superseded by another company’s 125-sided die, it may still be the biggest in size as I have never seen side by side size comparisons. of the two dice. He is a bit eccentric, but that’s part of his charm. He has created numerous games as well as published games by those who worked for him when Gamescience was much larger – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamescience. Some friends started a GoFundMe campaign – https://www.gofundme.com/f/lou-zocchi-fire. The goal was $500 and it’s around $4,935 as of an hour ago. The loss in inventory and items that cannot be replaced is a lot higher. In a not so surprising show of support, several gaming companies have added to the GoFundMe and/or announced on their sites the GoFundMe link.