Gary Gygax has passed. RIP beloved father of RPG's. (merged)

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I've been away from my computer all day to come home to this.

Wow. What can I say? It is like I lost a grandfather.

Thank you Gary. Though I feel like :( right now, you have given me plenty of :D :] :eek: ;) moments that made my life more enjoyable for it.



I never got to say how much he influenced my life. He touched my life, and the lives of others, in ways that most people could not. You will be missed Gary. There will not be another person like you. Rest in peace.


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I'm shocked...

I just found out tonight on a link posted at CNN.

I had no idea Gary was so ill recently. I haven't been online for 2 days and suddenly the grandfather of D&D has passed away! :( :( :( I'm so sorry to see this!

Gary, farewell where ever you have parted to. May the love from your fans be with you. Always.

- W, :(


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.
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The majority of my long-term and dearest friends I met through Role-Playing games. I know I'm not alone in that, that's a truly remarkable legacy...

Best wishes to his friends and family...


I'll just mirror what everyone else has stated:

This "hobby" has had a profound impact on my life and who I am, and as such, I owe a great debt to Mr. Gygax.

Thank you for everything Gary. You will be missed, even though I never met you. :(

I would also like to offer my condolences to Gary's family and friends.


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In life there is, perhaps, no greater calling than the easement of a fellow traveller's burden. In this, I believe, Earnest Gary Gygax was particularly blessed having pioneered a form of entertainment that has enriched and even saved the lives of so many, including myself. For me, DnD has been a light in the darkness.

The heavens themselves blaze fourth the death of princes.
Rest in peace Earnest Gary Gygax.

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I'm such a geek. I'm crying like a baby over a man I have never met. The Order of the Stick tribute really turned on the waterworks for me.

Gary Gygax had a great effect on my life, from the time I first discovered dnd in 1981 onward. I enjoyed reading his posts here, and I send my most sincere condolences to his loved ones.



First I hear that Bob Bledsaw has terminal cancer, and now the grandaddy DM of D&D has passed. Damn... this has been a tragic year for we alumni of old-school D&D.

Gary's contributions to my personal betterment are quite profound. Beyond offering me a great form of entertainment that nurtured my social growth, he inspired my fascination of obscure words and deepened my appreciation for mythology.

We didn't just lose a pioneer in the RPG industry, we lost a favored tutor of nerdy humanities.

I really hope SOMEBODY remembered to buy a scroll of ressurection.

For some reason, I am amazed at the level of coverage in normal media. I shouldn't be. Gary's influence on the world was just hard to put in perspective. I never got say it in person, so I'll say it here. "Thanks, Gary."


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I saw this one Penny Arcade comics in memory of.
And I decided to make one now, at work.
It be nice know each one of us has met, played, fought a red dragon and to count each one into a fleet of red dragons who would mourn his passing.
This is my red dragon.


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In Memory of Gary Gygax, Father of Role-Playing (Table-Top)
1938 - 2008

I remember my first Gnome Rogue 20 years ago. Created at level one, died at level one. I hope he makes good company for Gygax in ‘The Seven Heavens’.

To a great GM, who’s passing most aptly departs this world on GM’s day to tnother world. He will be missed and he legacy will live on.

A few words: Gaming inspired me to read. To learn more than what school curriculum books had to offer. It was a gift that could be passed on and cherished through the years. It helped me feel included into a world where children and awkward teenagers often felt excluded. It made me appreciate my rich fertile imagination. Thank you.

Keep Rolling.

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There are so many things I could say, but really, why not let Gary have the last word?

GameSpy: Last question. I hope this doesn't sound morbid, but what would you like to have written on your tombstone? How do you want the world to remember you?

Gygax: I was gonna say, "Better here than Philadelphia," but I think somebody already did that. [Laughs] I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with everybody else.


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Until the next campaign, you will be missed, this is not goodbye, only a moment in which we are all parted with one that influenced our lives so much and gave us all so much to enjoy. We shall all meet again in the next campaign.

Until then, thanks for all the joy and stories.


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