Gary Gygax


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Ernest Gary Gygax (July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American writer and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game [wiki]Dungeons & Dragons[/wiki]
(D&D) with [wiki]Dave Arneson[/wiki]
. Gygax has been described as the father of D&D.
In the 1960s, Gygax created an organization of wargaming clubs and founded the [wiki]Gen Con[/wiki]
gaming convention. In 1971, he helped develop [wiki]Chainmail[/wiki]
, a miniatures wargame based on medieval warfare. He co-founded the company [wiki]Tactical Studies Rules[/wiki]
(TSR, Inc.) with childhood friend Don Kaye in 1973. The following year, he and Dave Arneson created D&D, which expanded on Gygax's Chainmail and included elements of the fantasy stories he loved as a child. In the same year, he founded The Dragon, a magazine based around the new game. In 1977, Gygax began work on a more comprehensive version of the game, called Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Gygax designed numerous manuals for the game system, as well as several pre-packaged adventures called "modules" that gave a person running a D&D game (the "Dungeon Master") a rough script and ideas on how to run a particular gaming scenario. In 1983, he worked to license the D&D product line into the successful D&D cartoon series.
After leaving TSR in 1985 over issues with its new majority owner, Gygax continued to create role-playing game titles independently, beginning with the multi-genre [wiki]Dangerous Journeys[/wiki]
in 1992. He designed another gaming system called [wiki]Lejendary Adventure[/wiki]
, released in 1999. In 2005, Gygax was involved in the [wiki]Castles & Crusades[/wiki]
role-playing game, which was conceived as a hybrid between the third edition of D&D and the original version of the game conceived by Gygax.
Gygax was married twice and had six children. In 2004, Gygax suffered two strokes, narrowly avoided a subsequent heart attack, and was then diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, from which he died in March 2008.

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