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« on: March 04, 2008, 11:51:14 PM »

I haven't seen anything posted here yet, although i just got home. In case you haven't read about it yet, Gary Gygax, the father of roleplaying, passed away yesterday at age 69.

Gary is a cultural icon, and the world we know is a better place for having known him. I am deeply saddened by his passing, and my heart goes out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008, 12:14:41 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008, 12:15:50 AM »

This is sad news, although since i came into role-playing late, I do not believe to ever have read anything he wrote...

But that doesn't really matter does it? He affected all Role Playing Games...

Irony is, as was pointed out to me, is that he passed away on GM's Day.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2008, 12:26:17 AM »

For those not following the Order of the Stick: A Brief Tribute.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008, 02:13:16 AM »

I think we are all the poorer for losing him. However with playing in Worlds Largest Dungeon and read through Tomb of Horrors all I can say that dont worry about the monsters, worry about the goddamn traps.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2008, 02:43:52 AM »

a sad day indeed.  there is a big mofo thread here http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=999628 of tributes ( hopefully i won' tget smited for linking gleemax - sorry admin types )
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008, 11:19:39 AM »

I read about this first at (of all places) Dumpshock, and while I'm not personally affected I must say that it's a sad day for RPGaming. Even though I've played many RPGs now, D&D was the first for me and I suspect that D&D was the first for many of those who developed the other RPGs I've tried.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008, 01:03:56 PM »

This has hit me pretty hard, but after having a day to absorb it, I thought I'd share a story with everyone.

I met him last year at GenCon. He was the guest of honor. The entire Con was delayed an hour to wait for him arrival. He showed up in a limousine to the cheers of about 10,000 gamers. I didn't know who was ariving, but I was pretty mad at whoever-they-were for holding up the Con. When he arrived I was one of the few not cheering. Hell, I didn't actually realize what all the fuss was about until I overheard someone nearby mention who he was. I stopped being mad pretty quickly.

I was working at a booth which happened to be diagonally across from the Castles & Crusades booth. I didn't know it at the time, but Castles and Crusades was Gary's latest project. What I noticed was the girl working at the booth. We were both out in the isles talking to people about our products, so I put myself in a position to talk to her, and when she had a break I followed her back to her booth to continue our conversation.

Then all of a sudden I realized I was the front of a line that was forming. I had no idea what the line was for, so I quietly asked her. She said "Gary Gygax is going to be here in 5 minutes to sign books."

All I could do was look back at the now-huge line, and my accidental place in it and smile.

I had nothing for him to sign, and had already spent most of my Con money so when he arived I just shook his hand, pointed out the booth I was working at and told him I'd love to talk to him about gaming and design. He was incredibly nice and told me that if he had time, he'd like that.

The girl I had been talking to overheard and pulled me into the C&C booth. The 2 editors running the booth were extremely cool, and so I found myself talking old-school D&D with them next to Gary Gygax (who tossed in jokes and advice from time to time between signatures) with a girl in a chainmail bikini on my lap. It was like a nerdy dream come true.

I never did get to talk at length with him, but meeting him was still the highlight of the Con for me.

His passing hit me like a fist in the gut. Even though I'd only spoken with him once, I still felt like I'd lost a good friend.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008, 02:15:00 PM »

So you were the guy holding up the line!  Wink

I was at GenCon last year too, and I remember being right there at the front door on opening day when Gary came through, escorted by a pair of hot Booth Babes (tm). I recall noticing that they were not just escorting him, but looked like they were helping him walk down the red carpet. As it turns out it was true; he had one of those littel scooters to get around the Con.

Picture of Gary at GenCon 40 Opening Celebration

At any rate, early in 2007 I had managed to get my hands on a mint copy of the 5th printing of the original, white box Dungeons & Dragons game. I brought it with me to GenCon to get the books signed by Gary and Dave Arneson. I kept missing both of them all through the Con until Suncay, and I needed to get to the airport for a 3pm flight home. I found Dave A. with the Zeitgeist Games folks (makers of the Blackmoor campaign setting), but he was sitting in a wheelchair fast asleep. I didn't have the heart to bother him. I wandered around for a while, and as I was readying to leave I saw a huge crowd in front of the Troll Lords booth. Gary was there signing autographs! I pulled out my D&D box, made my way through the crowd, and I was literally standing right in front of him about to introduce myself when the guy at the booth put his hand out in front of me and the crowd. He apologigized and said that Gary was very tired and needed to take a break, but he would be back for the official signing at 3pm!

Even then I thought the poor man looked exhausted. I was so close to getting to meet him, and to get his signature, and now I'll never get the chance.  Sad

This is a bad year for gaming. We've lost Gary Gygax and soon Bob Bledsaw will be foloowing. I hope Dave Arneson is feeling well.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008, 02:28:23 PM »

Damn, I saw the black background they were running on RPG.net. I thought it was a server error. Then the text messages from gamers I know started pouring in on my phone.

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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 10:38:29 PM »

I can still remember my father getting the D&D box set for Christmas 1979. He took tons of time to read all the rules, draw out a dungeon, and then help my mother and me create characters. My very first was a Fighting Man. I still have the character sheet somewhere.

I was only 6 years old when we played that first game, and D&D stuck with me ever since. I am incredibly grateful to Gary Gygax for bringing an amazing form of entertainment to my life -- one that I'll keep playing until I die.

Thanks, Gary.
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2008, 01:54:29 PM »

I dedicated him my Midnight session, last wednesday.

We started playing after a sad minute of silence. It was... touching.
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