Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Founding Father of Gaming Passes Away

I was going to write another inane post on my trip to Melbourne, anti-terrorism measures and the virtues of Qantas, but instead I have just been knocked for six to learn that the founder of gaming Gary Gygax has passed away.

For us gamers, Gary was the legend who invented Dungeons & Dragons and was a huge influence on many genre's of gaming from table top military gaming through to the RPG scene.

He passed away at his home at Lake Geneva Wisconsin.

RIP Dungeon Master

Post script: Some tributes here and here

And a further one here which is very similar to my story...

2 comments:

Hammer said...

I think this is the best way to sum it up...

"Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax rolled a natural one on his fortitude save today, dying at level 69 at his home in Lake Geneva."

from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/04/gary_gygax_dies_at_69/

A very sad day for those of us that whiled away many hours in dungeons in the search for gold and glory.

I agree, RIP Dungeon Master, you'll be missed.

DM said...

Damn, that's a shame. But by the same token, this bloke managed to carve out a living us 9-5 dreks could only dream of.

At 69, that's a decent innings and for the last few decades, he lived safely, securely and happily.

That's more than anyone could hope for in such a shitty world.

RIP old son, and many thanks for the memories.