March 04, 2008

Gary Gygax Has Failed His Saving Throw.

Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, and one of the founders of TSR Games (and the Dungeon Hobby Shop), passed away today.

I can't even begin to tell you how many hours I spent in Vaucaunson's Duck's basement, playing D&D with the group (John, The Other John, Paul, David, Jeff, and The Other Jeff)... many, many, many nights worth, that's for sure.  Lord only knows how many cans o' coke met their ends at our hands, or how many dice rolled across the table (and we never reached 4th level, either...).

I suspect that many of my readers have similar stories; the guy was a legend in the years before computer gaming took over, and has only grown in stature since, even after being shoved out of the game by TSR going under and being acquired by Wizards of the Coast.

Vauc, I remember he tried to hire Dr John once upon a time... any thoughts for the crowd?

UPDATE:  Order Of The Stick pays tribute and does it right.

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1 He had such an awesome last name too - like something straight out of the monster manual.

I haven't played D&D for over 20 years, but it took up a lot of my time when I was a kid in the '80s.

I'll definitely hoist a beer tonight in his honor.

Posted by: astro at March 04, 2008 07:13 PM (RXNsB)

2 Hoist a beer, and roll a 20-sided die.

Posted by: Mike at March 04, 2008 07:52 PM (oGRMS)

3 Order of the Stick is apparently overwhelmed--I haven't been able to get to the site since you posted the link.

However, Penny Arcade proposes his epitaph--and it is the best ever, for anyone.

Posted by: refugee at March 05, 2008 12:28 PM (8hipT)

4 The Pond has that effect on a lot of websites... I link, they crash.  Must be the huge amount of traffic I send their way.

Who needs an Instalanche when you can get a Pond Flood?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 05, 2008 05:44 PM (AW3EJ)

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