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So long, Gary Gygax.

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Remæus on Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:44 pm

Gary Gygax passed away today at the age of 69. Gary created the game known to us all as Dungeons & Dragons in 1979.

Rest in peace, Gary. You will be missed.

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Read a full article on Gary Gygax's death on CNet. It confirms heart problems as the cause of death; Gygax mentioned an inoperable heart condition in a 2006 interview. He is survived by his wife, six children, and seven grandchildren, as well as by all of us whose lives have been shaped in some way by his creation.
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Re: So long, Gary.

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Man.. That's some news...


This guy created the game that changed my life...

Many of us owe a great thanks to him, he created the very foundations we roleplay by...Whether it be storyline .. or actual table top... I know RPG wouldn't be the same if DnD was never made.

RIP Gary

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Re: So long, Gary Gygax.

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*cries* He will be greatly missed. He was a genius to create such a fantastic game such as Dungeons and Dragons. He will live on through his game.
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Re: So long, Gary Gygax.

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Kargoth on Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:30 pm

Mr. Gygax, we salute you from the bottom of our gamer hearts.

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The founder of modern roleplaying is dead

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Ryand-Smith on Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:22 pm

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Gary Gygax, 1938-2008: Rest in Peace, Dungeon Master
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Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and one of the fathers of tabletop role playing games, died on Tuesday at the age of 69. He had suffered from heart problems.

The news was first announced on the message board of Troll Lord Games, the publisher of Gygax's most recent works. It has since been directly confirmed by the company, which will post an announcement on its web site later today.

Gygax was best known for helping create Dungeons & Dragons and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, and pioneered tabletop role playing games. The first D&D rulebooks were released in 1974 by TSR, Inc, and since then produced three full-fledged sequels, numerous revisions and updates, and dozens upon dozens of additional rulebooks, settings, and campaigns. While Gygax hadn't had much direct involvement with D&D for many years, he developed and contributed to many role playing games, Troll Lord Games' Gary Gygax's Fantasy Worlds.

If not for his contributions, video games and geek culture would probably look much different than it does today. Beyond jokes about "d20s" and "saving throws," D&D's systems and mythos have spawned many excellent games, including Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment.

Dungeons & Dragons continues to develop. Since TSR was purchased by Wizards of the Coast, the game has seen even more expansions and updates. The company released Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition in 2000, and Dungeons & Dragons 4.0 is scheduled to ship in June. Though he didn't actively produce the latest editions of the game, neither they nor the countless video games, books, and other media that carry the D&D name would have been possible without him.

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Re: The founder of modern roleplaying is dead

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We thank you for your contributions Gary we probalby wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for you, RIP.
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Re: The founder of modern roleplaying is dead

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Village Alchemist on Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:11 pm

Mr. Gygax is in no way the founder of modern role-playing. As an adult activity, it precedes him by many years--as a child activity, it precededes him by millenia.

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Re: So long, Gary Gygax.

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He is a founder of modern roleplaying as in table top roleplaying games and the likes.. Other preceded him, without him however, I highly doubt many of the modern dice based games would be out right now. War games preceded him.. from kings teaching sons, to chess and Go.... He's one of the many founders of roleplaying games as they are today...

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Re: So long, Gary Gygax.

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Zhelir Darkfall on Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:02 pm

I was never really into D&D, but as Vex has said, the man is the father of RolePlaying as we know it.

So, my respects to him. At least he got to see the fruits of his labor all across the world before he went.
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Re: So long, Gary Gygax.

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Re: So long, Gary Gygax.

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Village Alchemist on Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:18 pm

May he GM many excellent games with angels in heaven. :(

(Look out for that Jehova guy, though. I hear he has a bad god-modding habit.)

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