E. Gary Gygax, we hardly knew ya

Gary Gygax died this past Tuesday, March 4. He was 69.

If you’re a geek, you already know this. If you’re not a geek, you have no idea who he is, nor why he’s such a big deal.

For those of you who are curious, Mr. Gygax was the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and, by extension, the progenitor of all the role playing games that followed.

I discovered D&D when I was fourteen or so. (The subject of a future post.) I played it for years, up to and including the 2nd Edition. I “graduated” to other RPGs, and then became too busy with life to stay with it, but those early years will always be special.

Hell, my friends and I still quote some of our favorite bits from our gaming sessions.

“Nothing seems to happen.”

“I listen to the door.” “The door doesn’t say anything.”

“The monster likes (dice roll) you best.”

I do miss it sometimes.

I know no one lives forever, but as each icon from my childhood falls, it only serves to remind me how far removed I am from my youth.

Bummer.

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