Steve Jackson was a rare honoree for the time as the award was then given primarily to members of the original Ĕk-sĕn-trĭks Cluborguild or its offshoot the Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild. But his company, Steve Jackson Games, published the most-circulated version of Principia Discordia under Steve's direction. Steve was the prime promoter for making the Apocrypha Discordia sequel (which was actually compiled independently by Rev. DrJon Swabey), created the Illuminati card game, encouraged the development of several Discordian/Illuminati projects, and spoke of the Men in Black before they became the topic of a movie.
Many of the members of the Ĕk-sĕn-trĭks Cluborguild later got involved in the Society for Creative Anachronism, for which Jackson had been a baron, and played the roleplaying game GURPS, which Steve Jackson invented.
He also was in a serious legal controversy. Wikipedia has this:
- On March 1, 1990, the United States Secret Service raided the offices of Steve Jackson Games based on suspicion of illegal hacker activity by game designer Loyd Blankenship, and seized (among other materials and media) his manuscript for GURPS Cyberpunk; when Jackson went to Secret Service headquarters the next day to retrieve his book drafts, he was told that GURPS Cyberpunk was a "handbook for computer crime", despite his protestations that it was just a game. SJG filed a successful lawsuit against the government, which went to trial in 1993 as Steve Jackson Games, Inc. v. United States Secret Service, which was made possible through the newly created civil-rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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