Dungeons & Dragons creator, dies

Evilton

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-- Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, 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," 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.

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

I guess God needed a DM.
 

dolemyte

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Guess he failed the +2 roll vs. Death
 

WaddleDoodle

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I was going to make the "guess he failed his saving throw" joke, but it's already been done. Booooo
 

Arc Lite

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I've played a little D&D in my time. RIP Dude.

In honor of the guy

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BIV

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Spent a lot of my childhood playing D&D and other role playing games. People who play P&PRPGs get a bad wrap, but the impact Gygax has had on pop culture and society in general is massive.

Rest in Peace dude.

I'd insert a D&D geek dying reference here, but my geek-fu is lacking. :(
 

Don the Radio Guy

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Damn it I had the save roll joke.....ask people who were in AIM chat with me...

caught shit for saying it in chat on everquest though

"dude thats harsh" was one of the responses lol
 

BravoSierra

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RIP... hopefully the res sickness isn't too bad.
 

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"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," Gygax said. "He really enjoyed that."
Cleric, Thief, Paladin?
 

moegolden

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I guess God needed someone to make a game for creeps.
 

Ego

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2 damage!!! 2 damage!!!
 

Sct Ptersns Twn

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Jesus, I used to play that shit for fucking hours back in the day. That name is a blast from the past.
 
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i liked it, but I was always a lil' creeped out by my neighbor who had the pewter figurines that he had to paint and 'update' as he improved/lost inventory
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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RIP Grand Dungeon Master.

Where are all the Christians to proclaim he's burning on a Lake of Fire? "whaa"