RIP, Dungeon Master

Gary Gygax, co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game system, has died at age 69.

He has failed his saving throw; there was no 20th-level cleric around to resurrect him; he is even now journeying along the silver cord that connected his worldly body to the Astral Plane, no doubt to find rest in one of the several heavens the D&D planar system made available to us. (I’m thinking maybe Valhalla. Elysium sounds a wee bit too boring for a man of his ilk.)

Thanks, Mr. Gygax, for introducing me and millions of other overly bookish, highly imaginative kids to the joys of polyhedral dice, exquisitely painted miniatures and reams of regulations setting out everything from the types of non-player characters one could encounter in a typical town ("01-06: Trollop. 07-10: Doxy. 11-15: Madam.") to the exact speed at which a two-handed sword could be swung by a paladin while under the combined effects of haste and cause fear spells. Your legacy lives on in thousands of basements, dragon tapestry-bedecked living rooms and grottyish gaming shops around the globe.

And my sprogs still thoroughly enjoy paging through my old (original, even!) Monster Manual and Dungeon Master’s Guide. Another generation will grow up fascinated by world mythology and miscellaneous arcana thanks to you.

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5 Responses to RIP, Dungeon Master

  1. Mimi says:

    I saw that, may his Memory be Eternal.

  2. Herm says:

    Silver Arrow thanks him, too. Silver Arrows 1 thru 37, actually. It is a sad day for beautiful half-elves with a charisma of 18. ‘Cept my charisma goes to 19.

  3. azureavian says:

    oh no! =(
    i wonder if he ever understood how far flung his influence really was. D & D was just the start of so many different universes. on paper at least, he was God.
    p.s. i lost my Monster Manual in the divorce and have yet to replace it.

  4. Stephanie T. says:

    It was a good thing that I never took the leap into Dungeons and Dragons. It’s right up there with my fascination for Jungian therapies and Dream Body Work. It was best for me to back away slowly or you’d find me years later…in lock -up somewhere.

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