The world of Dungeons & Dragons mourns the passing of a true Hero through out the realms! Gary Gygax the first Dungeon Master has rolled his final D20. Gary at the age of 69 died in his Lake Geneva home early tuesday morning March 4th, 2008.
Gary was the co-creator of the RPG (roll playing game) Dungeons & Dragons. Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974. The game is known for its 7 oddly shaped dice known as the D20 system. It became a hit in among 'geeks' around the world. As the game gained popularity it spawned countless books, movies and video games. The game help define fantasies for millions of gamers and paved the road for such games as Heroclix, Magic the Gathering, and Warhammer. It also laid the foundation in basic format for many other Roll Playing Games like Robotech, Shadowrun, and Vampire the Masquerade.
I never had the opportunity to meet Gary but he has Inspired me and fans for four decades with his novels, source books, and appearance's at such Convention's as Gen-Con. According to Gary's wife Gail Gygax; Gary loved to hear how he inspired his fans. He also loved the world he helped create. He still hosted and played Dungeons & Dragons up until just a couple of months back before his passing.
No news on when and where the funeral will be held or if it will be open to the public. I myself live in Chicago and plan on bringing my favorite set of dice with me as I drive to Lake Geneva, WI to leave them as a homage for in my opinion one of the greatest game creators and story tellers of all time.
I host a gaming session on Friday nights and the next time we assemble for our weekly fix of Dungeons & Dragons. It will be one of the most heartbreaking times among my friends and myself as we cast our dice and bow are heads in silence for a God among geeks! Rest In Peace Gary; you will be missed by family, friends and fans around the world.