Gary Gygax has died

Gary Gygax, ‘Father of D&D,’ Dies at 69:

Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, according to Stephen Chenault, CEO of Troll Lord Games.

Gygax designed the original D&D game with Dave Arneson in 1974, and went on to create the Dangerous Journeys and Lejendary Adventure RPGs, as well as a number of board games. He also wrote several fantasy novels.

The influence of D&D is huge, even for someone like me who has only played AD&D twice in his entire life.

Penny Arcade made a comic dedicated to Mr. Gygax.

Comments 2

  1. Stitched wrote:

    I started playing the Basic rules set when I was in primary school (around age 11) and got the Expert rules for my 13th birthday. Since, I played 2nd Edition every weekend, with the same guys well into college (before everyone moved on and/or away). As Warren Spector laments, CRPG’s fail to gain that same flavour of gaming camaraderie that you had when you were sitting around a dining room table, with your character sheets, your bag of “lucky dice”, and your order-in pizza/chinese food.

    Unfortunate that he died so young but him and his fellow conspirators (Cook, Gygax’s brother, et al) left their indelible imprint on my childhood.

    Posted 05 Mar 2008 at 9:38
  2. MMoi wrote:

    He’s gonna roll a semi-elf next time…

    See you.

    Posted 05 Mar 2008 at 17:14