Rick Loomis (August 24, 1946 - August 23, 2019) was the president of his own long-established game company Flying Buffalo, Inc. (FBI) and was also often the president of the Game Manufacturer's Association (GAMA). His company Flying Buffalo, Inc. is the oldest Adventure Game company still under its original management. It was also the first game company to run play-by-mail games commercially. In 1972, he was supposedly the first person ever to buy a computer solely to play games on it. He has also written a solo adventure for the role-playing game Tunnels & Trolls and designed all of the expansion sets for the popular card game Nuclear War. He was the first president of the Game Manufacturer's Association and was elected to the Origins Hall of Fame in 1989. His favorite games included Settlers of Catan, Mayfair's railroad games, and, of course, Nuclear War.
Loomis was a US army veteran. He had been diagnosed with lymphatic cancer around January 2019.
Interview: VIP Talks with Rick Loomis, The VIP of Gaming (Issue 4 - Jul 1986).
Several good photographs of Loomis appear in Suspense & Decision Photo Gallery, Suspense & Decision (Issue 7 - May 2014)