Relic charity auction remembers Brian Wood

The freshly-released Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is dedicated to Brian Wood, a developer at Relic Entertainment who died in a car accident last year. Spotting the oncoming vehicle, Wood turned his car so that the impact would not directly hit his heavily-pregnant wife, effectively saving their lives at the expense of his own.

That all happened one year ago this week, and to mark the anniversary, Relic has started a bunch of eBay auctions for charity, selling off a bunch of Space Marine-related goodies and Relic swag.

The signed Xbox 360 auctioned by Relic Entertainment

The signed Xbox 360 auctioned by Relic Entertainment

There are signed, framed posters, Collector’s Editions, t-shirts, and an Xbox 360 console signed by the Relic staff. For good measure, there’s even a couple of copies of UFC Undisputed 2009 thrown in, signed by George St. Pierre.

Most of the auctions close this Sunday, so you’ve only got a few days – and many items only have a few bids. Head over to eBay now and see what’s about. Your purchase will help remind Erin that her husband – and the things he helped create – is still well-loved in the community.

Proceeds will go to setting up a memorial bench in Brian’s name, to be placed in North Vancouver, where his wife Erin and now nine-month old daughter Sierra Grace live. Any money raised over and above the memorial cost will be placed into the Brian Wood Memorial Trust, which helps Brian’s wife and baby. Relic also funds the Brian Wood Memorial Game Design Internship, designed to commemorate Brian’s contributions to the video games industry.

Brian Wood and his wife Erin

Brian Wood and his wife Erin

(Earlier this year, two women in the oncoming car were sentenced to jail for their part in the accident – with both Jordyn Weichert and Samantha Bowling found to be steering the Chevrolet at the time.)

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