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A sad announcement

Postby AleBelly » 20 Aug 2020, 20:11

Hi all,

Some of you may have noticed that Shyvve (or Tom, to those of us that knew him beyond the avatar) hasn't been around the last couple of months, and that he uncharacteristically abandoned a game or two. I found out yesterday through on online trivia league that my fears were confirmed and Shyvve has passed away. Below are some words from his sister and an acquaintance that match my impression of him. Farewell, Tom. You will be missed.

I have very sad news to report: TuggleJ (James Thomas Tuggle III) died of a heart attack on June 18. He was 57. He lived outside of Van, Texas, was a scientist, but spent the last few years of his life as a caretaker to his mother.

I didn't know Tom personally. I was interviewing my coworker Heather, Tom's younger sister, who went to Texas to be with her mother and subsequently got coronavirus. She told me about him and one of his loves was a "kinda elite online trivia league." The rest are her words:

"He was so gentle. We was the kindest person. He was so smart...patient. As a kid I never thought I was good at math or science, but he was such a good teacher and such a good tutor. He would read physics books for fun. And when we were cleaning up all of his things we found all these albums. He loved music and he had gone through a phase where he collected all these marches. He'd have all these John Philip Sousa albums and then he went through a phase where he was into Tchaikovsky, and so he had all these different orchestra renditions of Tchaikovsky. And then he had all these Frank Zappa albums. He had a quiet but interesting life. He was in a very secluded place, and so people loved him because he was so kind and gentle but he didn't talk to a lot of people. I think the only people he really talked to were my family and people in his trivia group. He was in this kinda elite online trivia league, I guess he had to be invited? I don't know the details. He was generous, selfless, he was a great guy. He was too young. He still had more to give."
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Re: A sad announcement

Postby V » 20 Aug 2020, 20:23

That’s really very sad. We shared so many happy exchanges on PlayDip in games & PM. He mentioned taking care of his Mom in rural Texas, which seemed a happy existence & he appeared to love life in every aspect. A great loss to his family I’m sure.
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Re: A sad announcement

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 20 Aug 2020, 20:51

I am so sorry to hear that. Shyvve was great fun to have on the roster of players, and he will be missed.
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Re: A sad announcement

Postby Jack007 » 20 Aug 2020, 21:06

Yes that's very sad, a real loss. There are always the best leaving first. He was such a gentle Dip player and mentor. He will live in our hearts.

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Re: A sad announcement

Postby Sheddy » 20 Aug 2020, 21:07

Oh this is such sad news!

I was a player in one the games that he so uncharacteristically abandoned; the explanation for this indeed confirms the worst fears. I hope it is appropriate for me to quote an extract from one of the last messages he sent me within that game. I won't give the full context, but I'd shared with him some of my own problems affecting my enjoyment of the game.
Amongst other advice he said:
"Whatever your mind and heart tells you, just do that. I've enjoyed meeting you and our talking."

Based on what has been shared in AleBelly's post, I suspect that this statement is representative of his attitude to and support for others in all aspects of life.

If it is possible, do please pass on my condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: A sad announcement

Postby Iamnobody » 20 Aug 2020, 21:11

As said before, this is a real loss to the community.

I was playing with him in his last PDL game. I didn't know it was him for sure until he had surrendered, but I had a feeling it was him just by the way he was talking to me.

I'm going to put part of his last message to me below. I think it is something we all need to remember sometimes.

"Finding ways to 'get along' and enjoy the game is part of the deal, when not 'getting along' in the game. I really enjoy the social aspect of Diplomacy and talking with folks, regardless how it's going for me."
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Re: A sad announcement

Postby Phlegmatic » 20 Aug 2020, 22:16

Extremely sad news.

I was only lucky enough to have played Shyvve once, but he was great fun, wonderful help, and a clear asset to the community.

May he rest in peace :cry:
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Re: A sad announcement

Postby AdmiralMotti » 20 Aug 2020, 22:42

I played with Shyvve twice, including one of his last games. I can honestly say that no other player taught me more about this game, even in my short time here at PlayDip. I appreciated the fact that he would always give an incredibly thoughtful response when he had the time, or conveyed his regret when he did not.

I don't have a good quote to pass on from our games, but I will share the thing about Shyvve that resonated with me. He never once spoke ill of any of the other players in our games, and always defended them if there was even a hint of criticism of their play or personality. More than anything else, that is what I'll remember about Shyvve, and what I'll try to carry forward as a small part of his legacy.

We'll miss him greatly.

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Re: A sad announcement

Postby Badger1991 » 20 Aug 2020, 22:44

Very sad news to hear.

Perhaps we can consider naming one of the next tournaments in his honor.

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Re: A sad announcement

Postby V » 20 Aug 2020, 23:33

This is my favourite quote from Shyvve. The background is he was Mentor for a Schools game. He was so good at that. I was a vet surrender replacement. It was a quite weekend phase & he asked for tales of Diplomacy games past, to enliven public press. I decided he should provide the tale. We had shared an epic game, he as Germany, I as Austria,in which he had pretty much outplayed the entire board. I saw solo written all over it & Shyvve had definitely earned the result.
It ended in a bizarre 5-way, instigated & proposed by Shyvve. He told the tale & said he still cringed at the memory of that end game. This is how he summed it up, typical Shyvve.

See guys, this game CAN be fun. Even the games where we let ourselves get bent out of shape in the heat of the moment - once time has gone by - things become a lot less intense and you can look back too and say...'wow, I actually did that, lol.'

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