Even if I wasn't around for EQ1, I consider Brad to be the founder of mmoprg's.
I understand the true beginning was a complicated equation of the time of who made what and other basic foundations that proceeded it, but it doesn't matter in my eyes. MY VIEW however arguable, Everquest 1 was "the largest" inspiration for second generation mmoprgs like Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft.
true genius, I believe no one could tell him different in anything when he gets a VISION.
His stubborn nature got him in both trouble and praised but he continued on with his ideas. Infact to this day his games can be studied at a collage level for both Everquest 1 and Vanguard.
Pantheon would be another game that would feel almost human is an alternate universe. It's almost psychology impossible to understand how he can do what he does. He can breed life into his characters he creates..... yet he was about to do it all over again no matter how long it would have taken.
Frustration was getting the better of me and I'm sure many others too....But deep inside I knew a deep rich game was being developed by the number one genius...... only problem being it would be a lifetime venture to spill out the coding of his VISIONS. I for one was expecting only part of it, hoping it was enough for a playable game.
I agree with @DMKano
the future is not set,
It's impossible at this stage to know what would happen. Given some time will get an announcement. Lets hope his legacy continues....... I believe it will..... RIP Brad