R.I.P.: Gary Gygax

The Associated Press is reporting the death of Gary Gygax, saying the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons passed away this morning at age 69 of unspecified reasons, though they note he has been suffering with health issues for several years (thanks Mike and A51Abductee). Dungeons & Dragons, the pen and paper/miniatures game Gygax created along with Dave Arneson, established a template for virtually all role-playing games that have followed, and in spite of those health woes, he was still hosting weekly D&D sessions in his home as recently as the beginning of this year. Mr. Gygax is survived by his wife and six children, who have our deepest condolences.
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I'm still a bit bummed that I lost a friend and a mentor, but this, too, shall pass. Face it, without him and Arneson and Erol Otus and all the rest of them, gaming would be nearly nothing. I was part of his weekly games when I was an intern there, and I'll tell you what, it was like being part of something special. He had such an imagination, and could describe it so clearly, it's like you could picture it in your mind like you were looking straight at it. I've been trying for the last 18 years to re-capture that in my own games, and I fall so short of the mark...

As for smoking... I quit smoking, my weight shot up from 185 to 250. I started again, I'm back down to 216. I'll take the lesser of two evils (by my own perception, no one else's).
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Mar 7, 2008, 14:52
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Mar 7, 2008, 14:52
 
I've never actually played D&D, but probably every video game I've played has either been influenced directly or indirectly by it. I can't quite imagine what gaming would be like without such inspiration. RIP.

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RIP
Mar 7, 2008, 11:03
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Mar 7, 2008, 11:03
 
Who would have thought that three small staple bound pamphlets, in a simple white box, selling for $10, could have changed the world so drastically. Gygax and Arneson were pioneers and geniuses, history should remember them as such.


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Mar 5, 2008, 13:44
Prez
 
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I feel like an era has ended. RIP bud.
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Mar 5, 2008, 12:50
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Mar 5, 2008, 12:50
 
R.I.P. Thank you Gary, I will always have a special place in my soul for D&D.

Geez, I'm feeling a little down atm. I must go and watch that Summoner Geeks video right now!

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Mar 5, 2008, 10:12
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Mar 5, 2008, 10:12
 
Here at work (a games company) we are observing 2d6 minutes of silence in his honor this morning. Our HR director will be rolling the dice at 8:30am, will announce over the PA, and we'll go dark for a short period of time.

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Hump
Mar 5, 2008, 08:31
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Mar 5, 2008, 08:31
 
you know it's a commonly known fact that people gain weight when they stop smoking; so after the doctor tells you that you have emphysema and you quit because you're worried about dying young from lung cancer, then you'll likely become a fat old dork instead of just a plain old dork like you are now.

The irony...

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Mar 5, 2008, 05:31
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Looking at his pic it's obvious Mr. Gygax was rolling baked virginia hams instead of multi-faceted dice:


After reading this comment, it's obvious Hump is a complete jackass.

and?

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RIP
Mar 5, 2008, 01:25
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Mar 5, 2008, 01:25
 
The first day I ever skipped a day of high school it was because I missed the bus, but instead of going home and catching a ride, one of the other students who also missed it convinced us (us being the group of students that shared the same bus stop, we were too busy playing Donkey Kong in the 7-11 that was on the same corner as said bus stop) to go to his house to play a new game he just got. It was p&p DnD and that was a life altering event. I never again looked at games in a simplistic way from that point on, and actually took an interest in game theory.

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Met him at DragonCon 91 or 92
Mar 4, 2008, 22:29
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Met him at DragonCon 91 or 92 Mar 4, 2008, 22:29
Mar 4, 2008, 22:29
 
He was hawking his Lejendary Journeys, and still had a bitter for TSR, but he was kind enough to sign a couple of my AD&D books.

Notice the placement of the signature =)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e235/pelorat/gygax.jpg

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Mar 4, 2008, 22:22
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Thanks for the years of fun you brought me through D&D Gary.

Creston

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What a totally ignorant thing to say but not totally surprising that it didnt come up before this post based on soceity's mocking view of people at the heavier end of life......

And unbelievably hypocritical coming from a smoker which happens to be the absolute worst thing you can do to your health and to the health of those unfortunate enough to be breathing in your second-hand smoke.

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Mar 4, 2008, 21:42
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sux

RIP GG
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Adios Gary...
Mar 4, 2008, 20:24
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Adios Gary... Mar 4, 2008, 20:24
Mar 4, 2008, 20:24
 
....you ensured that I would spend my late teens and early twenties huddled over coffee tables littered with character sheets, dice, ashtrays, and snack food at three in the morning....... and I loved every minute of it.

Eventually had to leave the house and learn social skills, but even now in my 40s I remember those long gaming sessions fondly.

Thanks for the memories..

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Typical, nobody has a resurrection spell ready when you need it.
The world is a little bit better for having you around, RIP Gary.


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Looking at his pic it's obvious Mr. Gygax was rolling baked virginia hams instead of multi-faceted dice:


After reading this comment, it's obvious Hump is a complete jackass.

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Mar 4, 2008, 19:08
 

What a totally ignorant thing to say but not totally surprising that it didnt come up before this post based on soceity's mocking view of people at the heavier end of life......

"heavier end of life"?

how about fat disgusting slobs? The irony here is that this probably could've been avoided. I smoke and I don't expect anyone to be wasting sympathy over me if I die of lung cancer simply because we know what smoking does. Likewise we know all too well the cost of being overweight, particularly at age 69. I give all due respect for what Mr. Gygax accomplished during his lifetime. It's just unfortunate that he may have had another 10-15 years of life had he done what many Americans should do once they hit 50.....start taking care of themselves.

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Mar 4, 2008, 18:30
 
I am *shakes dice* very+ sad to hear this.

Seriously tho, I played some D&D myself back in the day, and his appearance on "Futurama" when the universe explodes is just priceless, for those who didnt get my little inappropriate joke.. sorry
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I salute you. D&D made my nights among friends a fantastic experience! You inspired lots of people - I'll miss my D&D and Commodore 64 days.
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PHJF
 
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I'll remember him next time I'm playing through Planescape.
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