Thursday, March 06, 2008

Day Of Nerd Mourning

(From Adrenaline Vault)

Gamers everywhere mourn the loss of one the industry’s founding fathers. Gary Gygax, who died on Tuesday at age 69, invented Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), among the first, and certainly the most influential, of the role-playing games which had their roots in fantasy literature and which, though they often used no more than pencils, paper and dice, had an immense impact on computer gaming. In one poll Gygax tied with JRR Tolkien (in 13th place) for his influence on gaming in general.
D&D sprang from Chainmail, a miniatures wargame which Gygax had devised with Jeff Perren in 1971. By this stage, Gygax’s devotion to gaming had led him to organize a convention (there were around a score at the first meeting) in his basement. From this start he met David Arneson, with whom he was to create D&D, and the meetings developed into GenCon, which now attracts tens of thousands of gamers each year.
He is survived by his wife Gail Carpenter, three sons and three daughters.


As you may have guessed, when younger I played D&D and many other pencil and paper RPGs. (I even worked in a hobby store that sold them.) Thanks for the fun Gary! (But you owe me for many hours of lost sleep.)
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