Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax dies
We roll black d20s tonight
Obituary Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax rolled a natural one on his fortitude save today, dying at level 69 at his home in Lake Geneva.
Best known for developing D&D with Dave Arneson in 1974, Gygax helped formulate a pen-and-pencil role playing ruleset that would become a touchstone for modern gaming across its genres.
As noted by the Associated Press, Gygax had been struggling with health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm. Despite his ill health, Gygax had still hosted weekly D&D games at his home until this January.
An estimated 20 million people have played D&D since its inception, and many tabletop games, fantasy books and video games owe much of their inspiration to the sword and sorcery platform.
In 1985, Gygax left Tactical Studies Rules (better known as TSR), the company he helped create to publish the first edition of D&D twelve years earlier. After his departure, Gygax was notoriously vocal about his displeasure with current editions of the game, although he continued creating adventures for the ruleset through Troll Lord Games.
Gygax also published dozens of fantasy books and short stories, including the Greyhawk series and Gord the Rogue adventures.
He is survived by his wife Gail Gygax and six children. Funeral arrangements are pending. ®
Thanks and RIP
He spawned a genre, providing humour and entertainment to so many. With a huge grin, I still recall forcing ILREK the Glutunous Dwarf to consult the Potion Miscibility Table (you can look up for yourself in the DMG what the 00 did). ILREK, buy Gary a drink for me.
A little magic lasts forever.
One day after spending the day fighting at an SCA tournament, as I took off my armor, my little boy came running up to tell me about this really cool game one of the 12 year old big kids had taught him and his friends. It was called "D&D" and he jabbered on and on about it all evening and all the way home three hours in the van the next day. When we got in the house I went to my book shelf and took down three books. I handed him my copies of the dungeon masters guide, the players hand book, and my monster manual. I became the coolest dad in the world right at that moment. Someday I hope he hands those books to my grandson.
Thank you Mr. Gygax. You helped us all open the door and walk down those dark steps into that uncomfortable space known as a dungeon.
Your voice will be heard tonight!
It's been a while since I played the Pen & paper version Dungeons & Dragons. Until I take it up again (which I'm sure I will) I will settle for the second best - Dungeons & Dragons Online. In this game there is a quest, Delera's Tomb, where the voice of the Dungeon Master belongs to Gary Gygax himself!