March 7, 2008

Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax Memorial Cat

I didn't know much about Gary Gygax except that he created Dungeons and Dragons. I bought a book he wrote about creating fantasy games and read some of it when I was a teenager. But I think I am more cut out to play games than to create them. My creative talents run in a different direction.

The state gave us a floating holiday when Reagan died to mourn the popular president how we saw fit. I wish Massachusetts would declare a day of gaming in memory of Gygax. It cannot be understated how much fun role playing games can be, and how much bonding over shared experiences can happen among people across some stat sheets and dice. My website is named after a character I never would have created if Gary had not popularized roleplaying, so clearly it's left its mark on me.

I can say in all honestly that I think the world would be a better place if more people were involved in role playing.

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Posted by James at March 7, 2008 11:34 AM
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Thanks, Patti, for making me aware of this particular LOLCat.

Posted by: James at March 7, 2008 11:43 AM

I agree with you. I was thinking about this the other day. Almost all of my away from work friends I met either directly or indirectly because of gaming. Without D&D I would probably never have hung out with Brian as much as I did and I met basically everyone on this blog through him. Most of my friends from college (and ALL of the ones I still keep in touch with) I met through D&D or other games and Patti I met through a roommate who I knew from the science fiction society which was heavily into gaming.

In other words I'd be someone completely different were it not for that wonderfull game with the silly dice that GG and friends came up with back in the 70s.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at March 7, 2008 12:28 PM

I agree too, and I'm sad that there are people who just can't wrap their heads around the concept of a game that's more about playing than about winning.

Posted by: Julie at March 7, 2008 1:48 PM

Um... uh... hmmm. Backs away slowly, surrounded by like-sentiment people on blogs, IM, and email. Have NO idea what they are saying.

Posted by: pippa at March 7, 2008 2:17 PM

I heard the sad news on NPR. He wasn't that old, either--just 69. This was a great piece on him, which you can listen to here:

Posted by: Patti M. at March 7, 2008 2:20 PM

His epitaph reads...

"Here lies E. Gary Gygax.
He was a good EGG."

A poster on a php board I visit regularly wrote...

"A small part of my youth just failed it's save vs. death."

Posted by: Bull at March 7, 2008 6:52 PM

Yeah I paid my respects on my blog a couple days ago. He will be missed. XKCD had a tribute comic for him.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 8, 2008 1:06 PM

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