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04 March 2008 @ 10:46 am
Gary Gygax, RIP  
E. Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died today.

Yes, he screwed Dave Arneson. Yes, he always took all of the credit for successes and none of the blame for failures. Yes, his designs were convoluted and imbalanced, and his post-D&D work was largely terrible.

But, along with a VERY small circle of associates, the man invented an entirely new form of entertainment, and one that has an impact on pretty much everyone reading this journal -- whether they know it or not.

Rest in Piece, Gary. And thanks.
I feel: sadsubdued
Tombfyretombfyre on March 4th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Blargh, that certainly sucks. At least he left behind one hell of a legacy.
Samuel Conwayunclekage on March 4th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Holy crap!

Well, it is with the appropriate respect that I relate a joke I first heard in 1986:

A gamer died and went to Heaven. He worriedly asked St. Peter if gaming was allowed in the Hereafter, and Peter laughed and said, "Come with me."

The gamer was shown to a nice room with a big round table covered with potato chip bags and empty soda cans and dice and Cheez Doodles; seated around it were people who looked just like D&D characters. "There's St. Paul," Peter said. "He always wanted to be a paladin. Here's St. Michael, who oddly enough likes to be a Dwarven thief. And this is St. Bartholemew, who loves to pretend to be a magic user."

At the head of the table was an unassuming man in glasses. "Who is that?" the gamer asked.

"Oh," said Peter, "that's God. He likes to pretend he's Gary Gygax."
goldenstalliongoldenstallion on March 4th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Dear Athelind Stormdancer.

Countless hours at Mark and Thresa's with several other couples on a weekly basis (Wednesday and often Friday evenings). AD&D and Traveller. Jeno's microwave pizzas, chips, beer and, often enough, good dope in a bong or pipe passed. For YEARS (like ten or more). Sigh, the good old days. Still have my books, manuals and compendiums, dice (d4-d100 with a nifty little drawstring bag with a handsewn sword on it made by Theresa) and a big hex board. Hard to give them up in spite of things like WOW. Oh, and boxesfull of figurenes (Ral Partha, Citadel, etc.)

Those were good days but then the Commodore and PC and then it was over. Glad to see many still play the board games though I have not in many years.

silussa on March 5th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
He also managed, once separated from TSR, to write a game system which was fairly well assured to slaughter brain cells wholesale....which, happily, is mostly forgotten now.

But yes, we will all remember him with some fondness.
McGuffinhitchkitty on March 6th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say he really invented a new form of entertainment. Basically, he found a way to put rules on "let's pretend".

Now, that having been said, it was an incredible, why-didn't-I-think-of-that idea ^_^