Tuesday, March 04, 2008

RIP: Gary Gygax

It is with great sadness that I bring you the news about the passing of a man very dear to a lot of your hearts. Gary Gygax. AKA- The inventor of Dungeons and Dragons.

I've known many of the readers of this site to have been touched by this man's creations, sometimes for hour long marathons assisted only by a bottle of RC Cola and Dio's Greatest Hits in the basement of a friend. I've seen D&D bring together the strangest assembly of folks to all convene and roll oddly shaped dice. And I know that Tim has Jeep's birthright, still proudly displayed in his house so that his young son may one day grow up to become a dork like his old man. (And Cool Uncle Mike).

I fondly remember Gygax on an episode of Futurama, where he, Al Gore, Uhura from Star Trek and Stephen Hawking were an elite squad of fighters. At the end, the universe gets sucked into oblivion, and Gary teaches everyone to play D&D. I laughed heartily.

So gentlemen (let's be honest, it's gentlemen), roll your dice for a fallen homey this evening. 12-sided, please.

(20-sided is just too big)

7 comments:

T-Bone said...

It is a sad day indeed. Nerds around the world are clutching their bags of holding to their chests and weeping over their Monster Manuals.

Of course, five seconds later they'll drop all that, go back to playing Warcraft, and say "How the hell did we do this without pictures?".

Formerly, The Dude Spoke said...

Speaking of which, I hear you finally turned to the dark side.

Judas.

T-Bone said...

Know thy enemy...

Formerly, The Dude Spoke said...

Well put. So long as when you play, you take a moment for shame. Like the Japanese.

You know, to be honest, when it was reported that Gygax had passed, the cynical bastard inside wanted to make a joke about succombing to a +15 magic spell, or something. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

This World of Warcraft you speak of, any good?

-Brady said...

World of Warcraft is a temptress, I look at it longingly but yet I am afraid-
Hold Fast-
-Brady

Formerly, The Dude Spoke said...

You see what you've done, Tim?

You've frightened Brady.

Good job. Hope you're proud of yourself.

T-Bone said...

It is extremely addictive, but a little repetitive. It's a very nice replacement for those of us who don’t get to play D&D any more.

If anyone wants a key for a free ten day trial let me know and I’ll send you one.