Help Author and Widow Nicky Rea

Nicky Rea and Jackie Cassada have been longtime luminaries of the RPG scene. As authors and designers, they worked on hundreds of titles among over a dozen lines, most notably Changeling: The Dreaming, Mage: The Ascension, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Dungeons & Dragons,  and Ravenloft. As a couple, they had been together 57 years, defying many obstacles of gender, race, ageism, industry sexism, and social queerphobia. Despite those impediments, their accomplishments as artists, mentors, and friends have been astonishing.

In December 2020, both Nicky and Jackie contracted Covid-19. Nicky survived, with lasting complications; Jackie passed away on December 29. Between the medical bills, ongoing health concerns, funeral expenses, and the ongoing cost of housing, Nicky Rea could use all the help she can get.

Although they've been prolific authors in popular book series, the industry in which they've worked functions on a work-for-hire model. Thus, Nicky and Jackie did not receive royalties for the majority of their work. Now 69 years old, widowed, with major medical and financial concerns, Nicky needs whatever aid fans of their work can spare, as quickly as possible. Without such aid, Nicky, their pets, and their housemate might soon become homeless.

Thank you for any help you can offer.

Donations (397)

  • Katja Mallok
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Katrin Wenzel
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous
    • $15 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 5 mos
  • Don Wingo
    • $100 
    • 10 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Phil Brucato
Seattle, WA
Anne Rea

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