Muddled Times
Issue:Issue 10, June 2001


Recently we all learnt the tragic news that Andrew Dance had died on the 14th May. Andrew played on this mud as Gandalf the wizard, but he had been playing many incarnations of mud for over 15 years from Essex mud through to Before becoming Gandalf shortly before his asent to wizdom he played under the names of Rainbow and Arcady both on Wireplay and Gandalf loved playing the game as a mortal, and spent many years exploring and saviouring the game, during which time he made many, many friends on all the incarnations he played. His deep passion of the game carried him through wizdom where he made a well liked and lively wiz. Gandalf will be greatly missed as a wonderful player and a friend.

Below are the many tributes to Gandalf taken from the and bulletin boards and e-mails. I personally was completely lost for words so I've stolen the words from someone else to convey my tribute to Gandalf, a much missed friend.

I have been asked to pass on some saddening news - Andrew Dance, who played here as Gandalf the wizard, died earlier in the month. I'm afraid that I don't have many details at the moment, but I'm told his funeral was held today.

Gandalf had been a MUD player for longer than most of us, and was a good friend and wiz. He will be sorely missed.


I for one am very surprised and saddened at this. Gandalf was - as you said - a great wiz, as well as a very nice person to talk to.

I can never think of anything to say in these situations so I will continue to rehash what you said and say that I will miss him a great deal.


God bless you Gandalf, bashes just aren't the same without your enthusiasm. :(



He was a unique character that brought much fun to my games. He will be missed :(


Unique character is an excellent way to describe Gandalf... He was a crazy guy, but ALOT of fun, and I personally am very sad to hear this news. It's unforunate that many of you probably didn't get the chance to know him like some of the wizzes did, as we idled behind the scenes and chatted. I had many fun and interesting conversations with him over the last year or so, and really grew to like him as a friend. At heart he was an absolute softie, and definately helped to make mud more fun for everyone, whether you realize it or not. Rest in peace, bro.


I had known Gandalf all my mud-life, and he was always positive.... because of this he's been my favourite wiz- not to offend any other wizzes. I will miss him very much and although I cant think of much to say now, my sympathies go out to his relatives and friends.

I'd appreciate that if anyone spoke to his friends or relatives IRL you'd give them my condolences along with everyone else who feels the same.


Oh my God, I cant believe it. I first noticed that guy cause he had the name I wanted. He was one of the true origonals, when you could come on mud and everyone was your best mate. I wish there were more people like him.


Today is Saturday the 26th May, I've just heard about Gandalf, he was one of my favourite wizzies, I spoke to him a couple of times on the phone and remember making him almost pee himself laughing, it's something to remember, he was always good to me, and always had a laugh, he shall be missed greatly by a lot of people, rest in peace mate.....


Not much you can really say :-( Except please send condolences to his friends and family. Gandalf was a good wizard and a nice guy, he helped me when I was a newbie and he was a warlock (on his wiz run) and he was the first person to make wizard when I started. He helped me on a number of occasions, incl. giving up a lot of time to help with Big Brother and also being very enthusiastic about it. He'll be sadly missed.

In love & light, blessed be.


Life is fleeting and I hope Gandalf lived his to the full.

Rest in peace Gandalf.

Pol and Marlight X

This has come as a shock to myself as I am sure it has to many of you.

Rest In Peace my friend.


I said you bad things over our time on here Gandy and i can only hope you know how sorry I am. Im no good with words so...


I didn't know gandalf personally but spoke to him a few times on mud and was fodded by him once or twice. He seemed like a really cool guy and good wiz, best wishes to his family and friends on mud. He will be missed by all.


Being told about Gandalf only last night (25th) whilst at a gathering by text was probably not the nicest way to find out a friend and well respected mud player has passed on I can tell you. Cloud and I are deeply saddened, and we spent the night talking bout what a sound guy he was! Think of the fluffy times when he was on, and how much he made us laugh at the London meet. Rest peacefully, Gandalf. Youll be missed buddy.


Gandalf and I were very friendly for a bit, then we lost touch because of name changes and him becomming a wizard.

I remember killing him once, was quite an overkill actually, blinding and crippling a superhero and re-attacking on steps to cellar. The thing is, I'm glad I did it even now because that is living life to the full. It was for both of us. He didn't hate me for it, that's way it goes. Good luck to you gandalf.

My sympathies to his family and all that knew him, the consoling thing is, I think he'd be cool about it.

As I said, goodluck to you and take care of yourself gandalf. I'll think of you, because you made me what I am and I am so thankful for it you will never know. take care mate ;),



The community and the world have lost a good man, and me a friend. It still hasn't sunk in. If I were to ring you now i'd expect you at the other end moaning about your PC or slipping me some gossip.

Alas, never more to be mate. Take it easy wherever you soul rests. (Or is that resets?) I bet you're snooping bigtime now eh? Pop in and see how I'm doing from time to time won't you.

Bye Andrew

Gary (Marmite)

Im crap with this kind of stuff, but all i can say is that this game really is getting worse and worse :*(

Gonna miss ya gandy...


Sorry to hear about Gandalf, he was a friendly face at the Kingston meet,

Remember him telling me to always stay pagan, and hinting at his plans for a pipe.

A sad day indeed


I found out about Gandalf last weekend and its taken this time for me to be able to let it sink in, and as yet im still lost for words. He was a good friend and will be missed - my heart goes out to you wherever you may be watching us from.


Shocking and sad indeed. He was a good friend back in our mortal days here.

My sincere condolances to his friends in the Wireplay community.


That is sad news indeed. I remember Andrew very well. He hasn't played here for some time, but I still have some of his old e-mails.



Thanks for letting us know. I remember him too..... please pass on my condolences.


What to say to something like this, even I'm lost for words. Gandalf was around from when I started. Helped me loads and was a good friend. I know he will be missed.


Thanks Foddy (and Tabitha) for letting us know.

I'll miss him. Although we only met up once IRL, we spent lots of time chatting about 'real life' things - when he wasn't busy criticising my appalling playing that is ;)

We played together as mortals both here, and at Wireplay/Gameplay/mudII. Even after he finally made wiz there (which he was very chuffed about) he'd usually appear for a friendly chat whenever I logged in.

A jolly nice chap.


I haven't played here in a long time (too long), but I remember Rainbow. And I am sorry to hear that he has died in RL. It's a pity reincarnation doesn't work in RL the same way it does in MUD2 ... I've been reminded of RL mortality a lot lately, with the passing of a colleague from a message board RPG, and last month's death of Douglas Adams (one of my favorite authors). Rainbow, from what I got to know of him, was a nice person with a great sense of humor, and I judge Andrew, the person behind him, was as well. I don't really know what else to say that won't come off as 'cliche' or stating the obvious. That he'll be missed should go without saying.


It's hard to think of what to do or say as a fitting tribute to Gandalf, I know. I don't think he would want us to be sad, but it's hard not to be. He really was a cool wiz. Always up for a laugh, I remember his sunday night quizzes with fondness, even though I lost a few sorcerers to it hehe. He also provided fun in the land itself too, rather than constant attacks and bitching we so often get :)

He was one of the rare ones that could take you aside after a big death or mistake, and point out what you were doing wrong, and steps to improve it - I think I'll miss that since it just doesn't happen today. He's made me what I am today, and there have been many a time I would have quit if not for a little whisper in my ear from him.

Most of all though, I'll just miss him being there. It was nice to see "Gandalf the white wizard fades into view". Reassuring as well as fun, he was a well respected wiz by most (if not all) people I know.

Good luck wherever you are my friend.



Beloved! amid the earnes woes
  That crowd around my earthly path -
(Drear path, alas! where grows
Not even one lonely rose) -
  My soul at least a solace hath
In dreams of thee, and therein knows
An Eden of bland repose.

And thus thy memory is to me
  Like some enchanted far-off isle
In some tumultuous sea -
Some ocean throbbing far and free
  With storms - but where meanwhile
Serenest skies continually
  Just o'er that one bright island smile.

(from To F - by Edgar Allan Poe)


I was really shocked when I saw this on muddled times :0(, I remember playing with him, and doing quests with him, he was a nice guy, and will be sorely missed.

My heart goes out to his freinds and family.


Out of the night that covers me
Black as the Pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods maybe
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishment the scroll
I am the Master of my fate
I am the Captain of my soul.

(by William Earnest Henley)



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