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March 5th, 2008

Gary Gygax: July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008

Gary Gygax died today of complications following strokes and a medical error. Few will note his passing, but I will observe some moments of silence for him.

I owe Gary Gygax my life.

He created Dungeons and Dragons with some friends in 1974, marrying the art of story-telling to the challenge of strategic gaming. The rest is history: D&D, countless role-playing knock-offs (some of them very good indeed), Magic the Gathering and all its imitators, and an entire flotilla of video titles owe their existence to Gary Gygax’s vision of games in which you not only moved armies around, but played the individual characters.

Through fifteen dreary years of advertising work, the time I spent inventing worlds and characters helped me to preserve my insanity and fed my creative soul. It ultimately led me to TSR in 1996, and the career I had always wanted: painting fantasy book covers.

But for Gary Gygax and his nerdy little game, I would not be where I am.

Thank you, Gary.

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Posted by Todd in Blog Home

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