Skip to comments.D&D master Gary Gygax was a nerd's nerd
Posted on 03/06/2008 1:06:02 PM PST by Teflonic
Set both of your 20-sided die to 0-0, raise the Monster Manual to half-staff and spend your 14th level ranger's next several turns hoisting a few pints of ale - even if that does mean losing some hit points along the way.
If none of that makes any sense, then you probably didn't take much notice when Gary Gygax died earlier this week. But for those of us who spent our Friday nights huddled around a hexagonal map scattered with lead figurines of dwarves and owlbears, instead of the spiked punch bowl at the junior prom, this is a very mournful week. Our nerd king has fallen.
Gygax was the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, and the godfather of role-playing games. The legacy of D&D is most apparent today in its huge impact on video games and social networking. (Don't fool yourself. Dungeons & Dragons and Second Life are a lot more similar than you think.) For many of us who played, however, the name Gygax conjures up the past: a short but meaningful era when we lost ourselves for hours at a time in a fantasy world created with pen and paper and lots of imagination.
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What was the cause of death?
No, it was... Magic Missile!
He failed his saving throw vs. Death.
Died a virgin, no doubt.
Without your initial idea so long ago, we would have never downed Illidan in Black Temple and wouldn't be wearing 4/5 Tempest Regalia and Cowl of the Illidari High Lord.
I noticed -- but that still didn't make any sense. Now, percentile dice can be set to 00, but that usually indicates 100, not 0.
He was in poor health and I read that he had suffered a fall recently.
His six kids are all scratching their heads at that comment.
You guys are too funny, I wasted many nights worshiping satin, uh... playing D&D!!!
He was married and had six kids.
I know - this obviously wasn’t written by even a semi-nerd.
Sounds like he knew how to fling his Magic Missile
Gygax's legacy is much greater then a lot of people would care to admit, or realize.
“Died a virgin, no doubt.”
I think his wife, six children (three boys, three girls), and various grandchildren would be surprised to find out about that.
I got hooked on D&D at age 18 -— awaiting shipment to basic training. (I was in “red” zone or whatever they call the B.S. when you are hanging around for two weeks waiting for slots to open and periodically getting shots.)
That's one strange religion.
But, in 1974, when D&D was invented, and later in the 1970s, when Advanced Dungeons & Dragons became immensely popular, it was a unique form of entertainment made by intelligent outcasts for intelligent outcasts who previously had little or no foothold in popular culture.
Dude!!! No freakin way!! Level 9 Cloak of sorrow, ACTIVATE!!!
I should add that I am a 7th level paladin on my resume, just in his honor.
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