Tuesday, March 4, 2008
RIP, Gary Gygax
The creator of the world-famous Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game (RPG), Gary Gygax, died yesterday. He was 69 years old.
It's difficult to quantify Mr. Gygax's impact on our modern Western civilization, but it's certainly considerable. Most computer games followed the outlines and "gaming systems" he invented; almost all role-playing games since D&D are structured in a similar way; and millions upon millions of kids (many of them not so young - some even graying!) have participated in the fantasy worlds he invented.
I've never been much into RPG's myself, although I've dabbled in them with friends from time to time. However, I know that many are obsessively involved with them, to the extent that they almost re-make their lives around them.
In honor of the late Mr. Gygax, here's one such character (courtesy of Reno 911). I think he'd appreciate this clip as a fond farewell.