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In Memory of a Great Man [Mar. 6th, 2008|10:18 am]
After some thought, I've decided to write something brief on the topic of Gary Gygax's death.

Gary Gygax was born in 1938, and died this last Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the age of 69. To a very large extent, he is the one we all have to thank for developing the D&D roleplaying game. Without him, it's anybody's guess if the game would have come about or not, and it's anybody's good guess if the roleplaying genre in general would have developed. All things considered, even if we don't know it, many of us owe a lot to the crazy guy who thought up the idea of combining fantasy novels with tabletop wargaming in the late 60s. Here was a man who did something amazing.

Gygax cut his teeth on fantasy and science fiction novels, enjoyed them throughout his life, and wrote a few of them himself over the years. While I have no way to vouch for whether they were good or not, and while some of you may not be big fans of D&D, here is a man who is truly inspiring: he went out and lived his dream, grabbed it with both hands and lived it. How many people can say they have pursued their dreams as he did? He loved gaming, he was obsessed with gaming, so therefore, he tried to go into business as a gamer. He didn't always succeed, but he did well for himself. He also never stopped playing, never left the hobby that had so inspired him. Even though his health had been in decline for the last several years, he had been gaming actively up until January of this year. Here was a man who would not be kept down by anything.

In his own words: "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."

Go well, Gary Gygax. You've certainly had an effect.