Tuesday, March 04, 2008

So long Gary, it's been a blast

I've just learned that Gary Gygax, Father of Dungeons & Dragons, has just past away. The gaming world owes so much to this one figure, there's no way to properly define it all - Dungeons & Dreamers will give you a hint. I spent so many hours in D&D books as a teenager, none of which would have been possible without this man.

There are two figures who stood out for me during my teenage years, and now, with Gary Gygax passage, both are gone. The other was Isaac Asimov, Father of the Three Laws of Robotics and prolific science fiction and science writer.

I'm saddened to see him go, but I know that his legacy will stay with us for years to come.

Go in peace, and fly safe dear old friend.


Anonymous said...

Oh, my... My eyes teared up to read this - I hadn't heard about it yet.
I played D&D in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for quite a while... You'd be surprised at just how much trouble a dwarven Paladin of Moradin can get into, especially with red cap faeries... then again, no, you probably wouldn't.
I can't count the hours spend with D&D or old V:tM books open in front of my friends and I, but I'd go as far as to say that without Gary Gygax and his mates 20 (30?) years ago, we'd never have gotten EQ, WoW, Warhammer, Guild Wars, or anything else that's so immensely popular today.

Thanks for everything, Gary.

Anonymous said...

Wow... I can't believe it.
I've been "with it" on and off since AD&D.

RIP good friend, though I never knew ye.