EGG: The most influential Game Designer of all time
Like so many here, Gary Gygax has had a profound influence on my life. Outside of those in my own family - there are few who ever had more.
A strange think to say about a game designer, isn't it? Stranger still that you can say it with absolute conviction and sincerity.
I'm an atheist, so I can't bring myself to think happy thoughts of Gary in the afterlife. But if I should be wrong in that, the man has earned some serious karma during his life. We should all be so fortunate as Gary Gygax.
But if Gary's adventure truly ended today, then we can say that he was a man who founded a hobby that deeply touched and inspired millions - and continues to inspire them in their daily lives decades later. Gary's creation is the sinew that has maintained long friendships over the course of many decades - and will continue to do so for decades to come.
As a game designer, Gary's impact in the abstraction of hit points, weapon damage and abilities lies at the core of not only every pnp RGP - but in virtually every computer game involving combat or adventure of any kind.
And because virtually every computer game designer alive today is intimately familiar with D&D, in a very real sense, Gary Gygax is quite simply the most influential game designer of all time.
And no matter who it is who may be reading this message - you will not ever lay claim to such an epitaph as that.
Once again, thank you Gary.