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Thread: Remembering Gary
Sunday, 4th March, 2012, 04:53 PM #1
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Today, March 4th, is the fourth anniversary of the passing of Gary Gygax. Gary, often described as "the father of role-playing games" co-created Dungeons & Dragons back in 1974 along with Dave Arneson. The initial run of 1000 copies was assembled in Gary's home and sold out in a year.
Gary passed away in 2008 from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. His wife, Gail, has since spearheaded the Gygax Memorial Fund, set up to raise money to build a statue of Gary in Lake Geneva in memory of his contributions to the development of role-playing games. Amongst other fund-rasing efforts, the fun released the book Cheers Gary (currently out-of-print, but expected to be reprinted) at GenCon 2011, which compiled his many thousands of posts right here on EN World.
WotC will be donating a part of the profits from the upcoming limited re-release of the 1st Edition AD&D core rulebooks to the Gygax Memorial Fund (you can see the covers here).
I hope you'll take a moment today to remember Gary's contribution to the games we all play and love.
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Sunday, 4th March, 2012, 05:19 PM #2
Cutpurse (Lvl 5)
From one Gary to another, I cannot possibly express the impact that Gary Gygax had on my life both personally and professionally.
I have no idea what my life would like in a non-gygaxian world and I'm so glad I don't have to find out.
I've said it before, I'll say it again.
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Sunday, 4th March, 2012, 08:17 PM #3
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
Can't imagine either. I probably wouldn't be married to my now husband, for one.
Thanks for a world of adventure. No, for endless worlds of adventure.
My Story Hour campaigns. What are they up to this week?
Sunday, 4th March, 2012, 09:19 PM #4
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Indeed I do remember.
Each and every year.
His crazy game has kept me quite a bit saner than I would otherwise be.
Monday, 5th March, 2012, 05:07 AM #5
I celebrated yesterday by having a game session with a group of friends I care about - probably his favorite way to celebrate anything.
A toast to Gary Gygax -- you will always be missed as long as there is any gamer alive who was privileged to know you.
I really don't get the sort of logic behind training in a specific place every level... What, the sorcerer can't manifest new powers randomly except in the designated zip codes?
--ehren37, ENWorld Forums
Monday, 5th March, 2012, 07:14 AM #6
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Monday, 5th March, 2012, 09:19 AM #7
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
Kiss a Valkyrie for me, Gary.
Monday, 5th March, 2012, 03:31 PM #8
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
Thank you, Gary, for everything.
Monday, 5th March, 2012, 04:57 PM #9
Thaumaturgist (Lvl 9)
Gary is still and will always be, the guv'nor. I couldn't repay him in a hundred lifetimes.
Monday, 5th March, 2012, 06:19 PM #10
Novice (Lvl 1)
I wonder what advice he would have given WotC on DnD Next...