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  • #1095
    digitaltopia
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    I just learned that Gary Gygax passed away recently. If you don’t know who he is, he was the creator of the original Dungeons and Dragons and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. He’s considered one of the grandfathers of roleplaying. For those that enjoy RPGs at all, especially the traditional pen-and-paper type, this is a bit of sad news.

    #13097
    Version3
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    Any idea how old he was?

    #13103
    Frank
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    From the AP … moved yesterday. You’ll note, he had children, which proves you can move out of the basement and find a woman (what, too soon for jokes?):

    Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax dies at 69; mapped out role-playing game in 1974
    By EMILY FREDRIX
    Associated Press Writer

    MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and is widely seen as the father of the role-playing games, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69.

    He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.

    Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies.

    Gygax always enjoyed hearing from the game’s legion of devoted fans, many of whom would stop by the family’s home in Lake Geneva, about 55 miles southwest of Milwaukee, his wife said. Despite his declining health, he hosted weekly games of Dungeons & Dragons as recently as January, she said.

    “It really meant a lot to him to hear from people from over the years about how he helped them become a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, what he gave them,” Gail Gygax said. “He really enjoyed that.”

    Dungeons & Dragons players create fictional characters and carry out their adventures with the help of complicated rules. The quintessential geek pastime, it spawned a wealth of copycat games and later inspired a whole genre of computer games that’s still growing in popularity.

    Born Ernest Gary Gygax, he grew up in Chicago and moved to Lake Geneva at the age of 8. Gygax’s father, a Swiss immigrant who played violin in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, read fantasy books to his only son and hooked him on the genre, Gail Gygax said.

    Gygax dropped out of high school but took anthropology classes at the University of Chicago for a while, she said. He was working as an insurance underwriter in the 1960s, when he began playing war-themed board games.

    But Gygax wanted to create a game that involved more fantasy. To free up time to work on that, he left the insurance business and became a shoe repairman, she said.

    Gygax also was a prolific writer and wrote dozens of fantasy books, including the Greyhawk series of adventure novels.

    Gary Sandelin, 32, a Manhattan attorney, said his weekly Dungeons & Dragons game will be a bit sadder on Wednesday night because of Gygax’s passing. The beauty of the game is that it’s never quite the same, he said.

    Funeral arrangements are pending. Besides his wife, Gygax is survived by six children.

    #13104
    Frank
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    And let’s not forget, he played himself, along with Al Gore in Futurama.

    #13102
    Bing
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    Were any of you D&D players or should I just stop making fun of them now?

    #13099
    Pa-ul
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    Frank wrote:
    From the AP … moved yesterday. You’ll note, he had children, which proves you can move out of the basement and find a woman (what, too soon for jokes?):

    What?, like there’s hope out there…………….Somewhere.

    Bing wrote:
    Were any of you D&D players or should I just stop making fun of them now?

    There used to be one who worked at my previous company. He was 6’3″, was an Aikido trainer and built like a brick shithouse.
    I’m now mindful of what I call people, less I get beaten shitless by a chess master. πŸ˜€


    If it doesn’t work, jam a screwdriver in there and jiggle it about.

    #13101
    Bing
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    Dude a 6′ 3″ Aikido powerhouse is about as frightning to me as an asthmatic 6 year old.

    Right now I’m no contest for either

    #13098
    Pa-ul
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    Bing wrote:
    Dude a 6′ 3″ Aikido powerhouse is about as frightning to me as an asthmatic 6 year old.

    Right now I’m no contest for either

    If you’ve still got crutches, fit boxing gloves to the end of them, granted that you might look like Mighty Joe Young, but, at least you have the best reach.


    If it doesn’t work, jam a screwdriver in there and jiggle it about.

    #13100
    Bing
    Participant

    πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Dude that was funny as hell

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