Farewell, Gary Gygax

One of the fathers of Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax, passed away today.  (news report here)

It is hard to overstate the influence that he and his game had on games, game design, popular culture, and a generation (or more) of young people.

Certainly every fantasy MMO I write about here is literally suffused with his influence and vision.

Now I’m going to be thinking about D&D campaigns gone by and the settings I enjoyed most for the rest of the day.

Happier days in Forgotten Realms.

1 thought on “Farewell, Gary Gygax

  1. *vlad*

    I’m glad you said ‘One of the fathers…’ and not THE father. Although GG’s name alone appeared on most of the books (if not all), it was a co-operation between him and (without looking) Dave Arnesen?

    One thing I did find strange in the original acknowledgements for source material, was that GG almost discounted Lord of the Rings, when in fact the whole milieux is based around Men, Elves and Dwarves, as well as Orcs, Trolls and Goblins on the other side.

    No, Tolkien didn’t invent all those races, but the typical D&D racial characteristics are based heavily on Middle Earth.

    The first RPG I came across back in the late 70s was not D&D. Unfortunately I don’t remember now what it was, but I do remember playing D&D around 1982 or so, and that was probably second edition.

    There is no doubt that GG had a massive influence on most pen and paper RPGs that followed, and the effects of having Warriors, Magic Users and Priests is still with us today, even in World of Warcraft.

    The earliest D&D campaign I can remember playing is ‘Against the Slavelords’; a name that sticks out to this day is Jarl the Ice Giant.
    Great fun, and great memories. Nostalgia!
    RIP Gary.


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