RIP: Gary Gygax

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Mr. Gygax died today. Who was he? Remember that game D&D that all those weird geeks used to play with the dice and the magic missiles? Yeah, that’s it (he did a lot of other things too by the way, like creating Gen Con, the world’s largest hobby-gaming convention). Okay, jokes aside, let’s face it, this guy has done wonders for the world of fantasy, and probably SF too. I’ve played my share of RPGs–they are quite fun when you play with friends and don’t take it too seriously–and I have to hand it to Gygax for creating something so addictive it has almost literally changed the social structure of the U.S., and probably other countries too. After all, when Gygax first started all this, how many games were there that let you pretend to be the magic elf wizard Baltul or the dwarven king Zakor? Yeah, zero…exactly.
For your reading pleasure I bring to you io9’s batch of Gygax trivia. Mr. Gygax will be missed. I make jokes, but I do really respect what he did, and out of respect I’ll make jokes, because I imagine he would have found them funny…heck, he probably came up with his own jokes. He sure left his mark and I thank him for all the games that found a home because of the popularity of D&D (like Rifts).

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Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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  1. Wowser & yep we are thankful to him. I’ve played my fair share of RPG too 🙂 It’s all about each “Urban Tribe”. We have our easy-going fun all wrapped up in the fantasy realm. For some reason, I’m the dreamer – madge – to be princess where other friends are elves to trolls, etc. The one true thing is that through friendship & games, we’ve made our own family.

    Prayers for Mr. Gygaz & thanks for the link too.

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