Medically-Mandated Hiatus.

hospitalAdamant Entertainment is a sole proprietorship, plus freelancers. The company is run by me, Gareth-Michael Skarka, and when I’m incapacitated, so is the company. The picture at left is a shot taken by my wife a couple of weeks ago — I was unexpectedly hospitalized with a sudden infection.

At the risk of giving you too much information, it was serious. A severe case of diverticulitis which resulted in the removal of 12 inches of my colon, and a secondary severe abdominal abscess, which they thankfully caught before it burst (which, I am told, would have likely resulted in severe enough peritonitis to kill me). This resulted in a 9-day hospital stay, and an estimated 6-8 week recovery period involving at-home nurse care and an eventual secondary operation to repair the colon (another week-long stay in the hospital). In short — it’s bad.

As such, I cannot run the day-to-day operations of the business, and so I’m putting Adamant on hiatus until I’m fully recovered.

Let me be perfectly clear: WE ARE NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. I am simply hitting the “pause” button while I heal. I expect to get Adamant back on track this Spring.

I know that there are folks who have pre-orders for Adamant product, and those will be honored — they’re just delayed while I handle the business of getting well.

Thank you for your patience, and I’ll see you in May or June.



  1. CB Jones says:

    Get well soon, GM! Your adventure isn’t over yet.

  2. Matt Forbeck says:

    Ouch! My father had a terrible bout of that a few years back. Hope you heal fast and well, Gareth. Life trumps business any day.

  3. Sandy Brownlee says:

    Wow – I’m so sorry! You’re such a creative guy, I hate to see you taken away from the fertile fields of Adamant where those seeds of imagination grow into reality. I hope you heal, too – and if you wouldn’t find it offensive, I’ll even say a prayer for you…

  4. CDaniel says:

    Ouww!!! Take care and get well soon. That’s the truly important thing

  5. I just came across a link to your post via the Savage Worlds G+ community. I hope this far after your post that you are at whatever mark the doctors expected for your recovery.


  6. Frank Schuttee says:

    I feel your pain as I had the same thing happen to me (minus the abcess). Lost a good chunk of my colon and took about 12 weeks for me to heal up. Luckily NY State had some temporary disability funds as I was unemployed at the time and couldn’t collect unemployment while I was laid up. Get well soon!!

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February 2014