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In Memory of Andrew "Castomel" Long

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edited May 2014 in Latest Updates
Today, we remember a former colleague, mentor, and friend. Andrew "Castomel" Long passed away earlier this week, and here many of his friends share their fondest memories.

In Memory...

If you didn't get a chance to contribute to the main post, please share your memories here.
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  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2014
    Wow... R.I.P. Castomel :(
  • GrayWolf323GrayWolf323 Member Full Members
    edited May 2014
    R.I.P. Castomel :(
  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2014
    I joined RPGamer too late to get a chance to know Casto very well, but I sure did love to read his Q&A columns back in the day. It sucks the big one that he left this world so soon. My condolences to his family and friends. It's wonderful to see so many past RPGamer staffers come back to share their love and memories.
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  • NimNim _ Full Members
    edited May 2014
    R.I.P.

    I remember reading some of his reviews.
  • InstaTrentInstaTrent RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2014
    I knew Andrew more from Twitter than I did RPGamer. Really nice guy though. My thoughts go out to his family.
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  • Harli RaverHarli Raver Banned Banned Users
    edited May 2014
    Many of his reviews definitely made me chuckle. Rest in peace, Casto.
  • MartyrMartyr Member Full Members
    edited May 2014
    I have not had a perfect life, but I have been lucky to have been relatively sheltered from an overabundance of death. So I've found it hard to find the right words to describe the emotions I've felt since hearing of Cast's passing earlier in the week. It's like this weird swirl of anger that he had to go young, regret that I didn't talk to him more in recent years, and this overarching, unique kind of sadness that only feels distantly familiar.

    Andrew was just a straight-up awesome dude. You could talk to him about almost any subject and you could be sure that he would find something hilarious to say about it with a wit that was entirely unique. When I was employed here I spent so many nights with him in IRC planning, working on site-related things, and just BSing about whatever. Things genuinely felt brighter when he was around. He was just the kind of person that had that innate effect on people.

    Andrew and I reconnected recently after losing touch for several years. I wish we had reconnected more thoroughly, and now I deeply regret being so timid. But, hindsight is 20/20 and all that. I'm glad that we had the opportunity to reconnect and BS again, I'm glad that I got the chance to chill with him in at E3 2005, and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to know him, because he was one of the good ones.

    Hope I get the chance to chill with you again on the other side one day, Andrew. Love you, brother.

    Praying that Andrew's family and friends find strength and comfort during this time.
  • EthosEthos Member Full Members
    edited May 2014
    This is such a bizarre thing to address online, yet the only way I knew him was online and it was a real connection, no matter how vague, inconsistent, or adversarial of an acquaintance-level relationship we had. I feel sad, strange, and guilty that I'm not reacting the way that those closer to him legitimately are. I feel like I can only honour him with honesty because I don't know how else to wrangle with an end that of course was way too soon for a person that, really, I didn't know particularly well but still interacted with. I liked Andrew but chose not to be any closer with him than I already was, despite living in the same city as him. Or we both did. He had influence. He had presence. With me, with RPGamer, with many of us, and it's so difficult to wrangle feelings that are not cut-and-dry with something that is an absolute. Andrew's death is tragic and he will be missed. I hope he continues to have influence on me because while I might have guilt - legitimate or not - I also firmly believe that any human relationship that begins never truly ends, no matter how minor, no matter how strange, no matter what form, no matter our feelings about it. I hope he was comfortable, happy, and at peace when he passed, because what else can anybody hope for? I have no way to wrap this up because there is, apparently, no way to wrap up anything. Ends are unfinished. Rest in peace, Andrew.
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  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs A Familiar Teacher Administrators
    edited May 2014
    I didn't know him as well as someone who has visited this site for as long as I have probably should, but his loss is a great one nonetheless. Rest in peace, Castomel. My thoughts go out to his family.
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  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited May 2014
    I didn't know him or of him until this, but still, RIP.
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  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited May 2014
    Cast and I had a fair number of forum exchanges back in the day. Good times. It's a darn shame he's gone.

    @Martyr - I hear you about having a hard time processing it. I recall Castomel being the closest staffer in age to myself, which made it extra weird hearing the news.
  • omegabyteomegabyte He's just this guy, you know? RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2014
    If anyone wants to go back and look over some of Andrew's work for the site, you can check out his review archive here: http://www.rpgamer.com/pointsofview/archive/archive.cgi?mode=view_submitter&id=8

    I didn't know him that well, but he was one of only a handful of authors to write more than 50 reviews for the site. It's a legacy that will live on as long as RPGamer does.
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  • asvaitsoasvaitso New Member Full Members
    edited May 2014
    I think that Andrew would have appreciated the irony that there's a link to Rhapsody at the bottom of his Memorial. :distracted:
  • Fermat's Last TheoremFermat's Last Theorem Member Full Members
    edited May 2014
    During my time here, I don't recall ever truly having direct contact with Andrew other than a couple of emails. Nonetheless, I know without a doubt that his contributions to the site have been tremendous, more so his contributions to other people's lives. Rest well, sir, and may the games be awesome wherever you are.

    P.S. Just saw that I'm still listed as staff. It embarrasses me to have been away from action for way too long without any other reason other than RL.
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  • Severin MiraSeverin Mira News Director/Reviewer RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2014
    Unfortunately, I didn't have the pleasure of much interaction with Andrew (although have had some through twitter), coming into the site at a later point. However, from what people have said it seems apparent that his contributions in have played a huge part on what makes RPGamer the community I'm very happy to be a part of today, so thank you to him for that and rest in peace.
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  • silktailsilktail mild peril Full Members
    edited May 2014
    I mostly remember him from being the weekend Q&A host. I originally started visiting the site for the news and the Q&A column, so I would say he helped in making me a regular visitor.
    I'm sorry to hear that he has past on.

    Otherwise here's a link to his old bios page, if it helps to put a face to his name:
    http://www.rpgamer.com/bios/along.html
  • O Shrouded OneO Shrouded One Hobo With A Huge Heart Full Members
    edited May 2014
    That was very beautiful. Thank you very much.
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  • MacstormMacstorm Ysy St. Administrators
    edited May 2014
    asvaitso said:
    I think that Andrew would have appreciated the irony that there's a link to Rhapsody at the bottom of his Memorial. :distracted:
    That was my special tribute to him.
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  • omegabyteomegabyte He's just this guy, you know? RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2014
    Macstorm said:
    That was my special tribute to him.
    We could have gone with a number of different games there. I think Andrew handed out more 1/5 reviews than any other staffer in RPGamer history.
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  • NyxNyx Staff Girly Girl RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2014
    O Shrouded One said:
    That was very beautiful. Thank you very much.
    You're welcome. Andrew deserved a beautiful send off, because whether you liked him or not, he was very important in shaping what this site is. Glad you enjoyed it.
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited May 2014
    omegabyte said:
    We could have gone with a number of different games there. I think Andrew handed out more 1/5 reviews than any other staffer in RPGamer history.
    But we all know Rhapsody is the one he loved to hate the most.
  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited May 2014
    Pretty much all that's there to say, and I'm surprised it wasn't added.

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    See ya on the other side, Castomel.
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  • asvaitsoasvaitso New Member Full Members
    edited May 2014
    As I pointed out to him on several occasions... I think we can all declare the terrible awfulness of Rhapsody to be karmatically even because it eventually lead us to Disgaea... Although that lead to Phantom Brave in turn, so, it's a wash in either direction.
  • CarlisleCarlisle Member Full Members
    edited May 2014
    That was a lovely obituary. I too am one of the many that was originally hired by Andrew many years ago. I'm not sure what else I can add beyond what so many others have said, though. I had a very similar experience with Andrew as many others did upon first joining RPGamer. The tutelage, patience, positive reinforcement, and the belief, trust, and optimism he held in each one of us was indicative of the kind of person he was.

    Many of us were young and dumb, knew little of web development and even less of how to write. All we had was a love for RPGs, and for Andrew that's all he needed. He knew we could be taught what we needed to know and he had the patience to help us get to where he knew we could be. He never counted any technical shortcomings against anyone as long as they had the passion for the content we were driving. I can't think of a single person with that kind of patience and forethought, especially in such a deadline-driven environment. And from the posts in this thread and the stories in his obituary, you can see how his methods have stood the test of time. He's best remembered at RPGamer, by the very people he touched, for his leadership and his way of demanding and bringing out the best in not just those who worked under him, but in all who worked with him.

    My personal relationship with Andrew did not extend as far beyond the sphere of video games as it did with many others here. So to read the stories from those who knew him better and to see how he touched them with the same patience, selflessness, and attention is nothing short of inspiring. He's the kind of person you want to be like. I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend with him at E3 so many years ago now, and I wish I'd gotten to know him on a personal level better than I had. He will be missed.
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