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Probably one of the more influential people in my life in a round about way. I have 90% of my friends today from playing this man's game. Without the game he created, my life would have been very different than it is today.

Gary failed his saving throw.

Gary Gygax July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008

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Comment by Trotter on March 5, 2008 at 9:49pm
Felt a pain in the inner geek today as well...
Comment by Bruce Brakel on March 5, 2008 at 4:35pm
I guess what made us geeks was we got together with friends, played a fun game, laughed together and enjoyed some good times. I had First Edition copies of the Dungeon Masters Guide, Players Handbook and Monster Manual back in the late 70s. I got rid of all of that except for a set of sparkle resin polysided dice.

"You guys want to fight these hill giants before or after the pizza?" "After!"

RIP
Comment by Bill on March 5, 2008 at 1:28pm
We moved around a lot when I was a kid and my older brother and I always had AD&D as a way to break the ice in a new neighborhood. Even when the 2 years between us seemed like a decade or more we always could find time to geek-out creating characters, new scenarios and the like, normally with old Star Trek on TV or Styx/Men At Work on the tape player. His ideas spurred a creativity in youngsters like nothing since, and taught me a love of mythology and history, as well as the importance of a good story :)

Also, talking AD&D at the dinner table was a good way to drive Mom nuts and launched the career of Tom Hanks when he played that unstable AD&D guy in an after-school special, much like Travolta in Boy in a Plastic Bubble.
Comment by Hukchucker on March 5, 2008 at 9:04am
Wow an original boxed set of D&D I had about 25 years ago started me on my descent into geekdom. That descent eventually led me to this game...:) Thanks Gary, Godspeed!
Comment by Disc Golf Live on March 5, 2008 at 8:31am
I'd have to say my friends from that era in my life are well scattered but I still see more than a few of them these days.

I've got a boxed set of Gary's original books around here someplace from way back in the day.

Don't know much about the gaming scene these days, I'd venture a guess that video/internet has taken a bite out of the time younger people have to devote to such pleasures as trying to make it to level four of your pal's best dungeon.

Thanks for the note.

Joe

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