Gary Gygax Dies at 69

Submitted by: Pabasa 8 years ago
http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/03/report-gary-gyg.html

One of the creators of Dungeons & Dragons just rolled his last d20.
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Male 4,246
The really sad part is all the ignorance and immaturity I found in this thread. OK, so the guy had a major influence over a hobby that`s kinda nerdy; there`s no need to be such a bunch of brainless turds about it. You know who you are.
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Male 4,246
Wednesday night is my game night; my DM broke the news to the guys, and we were pretty bummed. Then we started playing; after taking down a chimera*, our characters approached a large wooden door. The DM told us a message had been carved into it, so we stopped to read:

GARY GYGAX WAS HERE

*which landed a crit against my half-orc barbarian and reduced him to 5 HP out of 68 in two rounds.

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Male 63
Aww. This is kinda depressing.

Poor guy.

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Male 227
I wonder what was his fav sex position...

He died at the age of 69

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Male 29
Man, if only I`d gotten to meet him. I`m sure though, he`ll have a lot of fun rolling his next character. Maybe first, playing a few games with lost friends, though never 3.5. Have fun duel wielding, Gary Gygax.
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Male 203
Did he change his surname after his favorite Dwarf?
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Male 9,306
It`s always very sad when an inspirational and creative person leaves this world. However, we should also celebrate, as he is now sharing that energy with others who have also passed from this realm.

I personally have never played Dungeons and Dragons, but I have played my fair share of Role Playing Games on a number of Video Game consoles and the Computer.

I am thankful that they exist, most likely due to the creative and inspirational work of this person.

When you create something that makes so many people happy, you have changed the world in a very positive way.

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Male 6
Song of the Nerd # 5
(To the tune of: How can I keep from Singing by Enya)


The Endless Tale goes on and on
In dorm rooms and in basements
I hear the voices of good friends deep in character creation
Through all the pit-traps and locked chests, our PCs
Come up grinning, while bashing Orcs and Kobolds vile
How can I keep from critting?

Come where the Dragons loudly roar, and fear no troops of Slayers
Where treasures fill the long-lost halls, ‘neath cobwebs thickly layered
No living souls dared enter here, our heroes, they were willing
The Wraith-lord fled my +9 Spear
How can I keep from critting?

When Townsfolk tremble in their fear
And hear their death-knell ringing
We are employed to break the curse
Sacks filled with gold they’re bringing

At Comic cons or Renaissance faires,
Our Luck rolls never quitting
When Stats are forged of Heaven’s grace
How can I keep from critti

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Male 329
priest casts rez. the roll isnt high enough. priest fails to rez gygax.

now ive only played D&D once or twice, but i really like RPGs, which basically spawned from D&D. so i remove my cloak of casting and bow my head.

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Male 315
They`ll be rolling res rolls at his funeral.
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Male 78
i know this is cold but i just have to do this

last minutes of gary`s life:

"light closing in, i can see long dead friends like Argnar the Orc-Slayer. NO! i won`t go quietly into that cold night......SAVING THROW!!!!!!!!!!!!"

*rolls a 2*

"fcuk."

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Male 909
You`ve got a damn good point, notsoevil.
I know the most of the wonderful games I play wouldn`t have even been thought of if he`d never started that game.
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Male 297
:(
he wasn`t even that old.
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Male 2,290
He`s the poo.
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Female 920
That sucks...? Not a gamer. But it`s sad whenever anyone dies.
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Female 831
D&D huh? watch me pretend to care.
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Male 226
Poor Gary. I hope he made it into the lawful good afterlife.
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Female 130
goodnight, sweet prince.
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Male 179
I`m a horrible person...
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Male 179
Hahahahaha


Death swings sythe.

OMG CRIT

Gary loses 23 HP

Gay dies.

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Male 1,078
haha,
69
lol.
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Female 82
Poor Gary :( My bf just recently got me into D&D and its really fun. My character and my best gal pal`s character are so far the strongest of our party.
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Female 986
:( Aw that`s sad. :( I wish I hadn`t delayed playing D&D so much :< <3 RPGs so yay for him :) He brought so much happiness to those around me hehe
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Male 69
"The 69 Year Old Virgin."
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Male 1,254
RIP Gary, thank you for everything.
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Male 4,680

I didn`t understand this picture until now.

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Female 101
"I mean, it`s not really shocking since he was fairly old, but alot of people I know are really into that game, you know?"

It`s not just people who have played the games. Many careers have popped up because of the work he did. I don`t even play dungeons and dragons but my life would be much different now if it weren`t for him.

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Male 287
In all Seriousness, if it weren`t for him, RPG`s awe know it today may never have existed (paper or Video Game). So EVERY gamer even needs to show him some respect.
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Male 1,556
Damnit he found "strange coffin" Vordax The Vamp overuled his attack power. And casted "Final Breath" evade roll failed. GAME OVER
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Male 27
Male 909
I played D&D once or twice before...
That`s freaking crazy.

I mean, it`s not really shocking since he was fairly old, but alot of people I know are really into that game, you know?

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Male 4,290
^Me neither, but I played a bit of Warhammer 40k which takes a lot of the same elements. A d6 is a six-sided dice, and a saving throw is when you roll a dice and the outcome determines whether your character survives the attack or not. Most RPGs have elements in common with D&D, which just goes to show what a huge impact this guy had on the gaming world.
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Female 283
Hmmm... I`ve never played the game. I had quite a time trying to decipher all of these comments. I`m going to go cry in a corner now.
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Female 496
-sniffle-

He was a great man. Created an awesome game, with a truckload of controversy. Keep rolling those dice Gygax, wherever you are.

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Male 217
ahahaha 69...
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Male 2,600
I think I`ll get back into playing D&D as tribute to a legend. His ideas revolutionized (if not pioneered) fantasy gaming, the effects of which can be seen in any fantasy game today.
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Male 74
It`s really sad he died. I just wonder why didn`t he wait until he was 70 and died at 69, hmm...

Tribute
This comic tribute was made about 4 hors after the news. (Note, the fellow in blue is a fighter and the main character of the series. He died some time ago and is waiting to get resurrected.)

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Male 217
Never played D&D but his +1 mace intervention in Futurama caused a wormhole and allowed him to play D&D for an eternity with Al Gore and Steven Hawking.
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Male 5,970
never played it, but lol at the description
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Male 210
The Empty Chair
Eulogy for a Gamer

There is an empty chair,
at the table this day.
A hallowed place where,
a friend once played.
The roll of his dice,
my ears long to hear.
Or perhaps it would suffice,
if he should suddenly appear.
With character sheet in hand,
and a bag of Cheeze-doodles to share.
All his friends would stand,
as he sat in the empty chair.
I hear his voice a-callin’,
and it ties my heart in a knot.
For he cries, “Though a comrade has fallen,
You must play for those who cannot.”
We conquered worlds on the run,
he and I in the name of fun.
And as others may come and go,
I make both friend and foe.
But what I long for most,
is our past now long a ghost.

courtesy of Kenzerco.com

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Female 434
Unknown sorceror casts `Mourn` over party.
Party fails DC check and is immobile for eight rounds.
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Male 4,290
Grim Reaper rolls 6. RIP Mr Gygax.
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Male 5,094
Someone get me some diamond dust! STAT!
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Male 1,011
People may think hah, who cares about the D&D guy?

Without his ideas, various background game mechanics (like critical damage) would probably have never come to be.

He is a gaming legend!

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Male 213
That is a shame. Pelor be with you.
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Male 656
ooooook.......
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Male 492
powpowking: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 1:54:26 AM
Oh noez! Gary has 0HP!!! Someone cast a heal spell on him!!

i just woke the cat by laughing so hard at that! beautiful.

Today is, indeed a dark day in all geek-dom. Let us all bow our heads and roll a critical fumble.

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Male 85
a d20 is a twenty sided dice...
Of course Gygax only made edition 1 so he probably didn`t roll many d20s at all.
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Male 27
Glad he didn`t have any contingency spells on his body when he passed. BOOM
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Female 744
"REZ PLEZ"
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Male 254
"Just visit your local nerd hang"

what are you talking about go to? I live there.

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Male 4,012
Sorry windrider, I just mixed up your statements and lumped them into one ><
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Male 551
Oh noez! Gary has 0HP!!! Someone cast a heal spell on him!!
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Male 3,301
Begin: The biggest influx of nerdy jokes to ever grace IAB.

Still, DnD was truly a significant stepping stone in gaming. Rest in peace man.

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Male 4,012
Windrider, I played my first DnD 4 years ago, at the age of 19. It`s not something old, and it`s still quite alive. Just visit your local nerd hang out spot and roll the d20. DnD is the first (I think) pen and paper gaming experience.

****IMPORTANT: only applicable to people who enjoy gaming****

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Female 385
Pabasa: To stay with the true Gygaxian feel, your character should be named an anagram of Gygax.

Truly, March 4th, 2008 will be a day remembered in the hearts of gamers all around the world. It`s the day a legend died. While some of may have cursed his sadistic dungeons, we went through them time and again, because they were just that much fun. Not many people have had an impact on the world as big as Gygax--truly, his work has influenced almost every aspect of modern culture. He will be sorely missed by many, most of whom never even met him.

Keep rollin` those 20s, Gary, in whatever plane you end up in.

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Male 2,113
the geek tears will flow
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Male 656
im afraid i never played dungeions and dragons, so i wouldnt know what d20 means

but its sad that he died..... at at a young(ish) age too

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Female 744
Too much Mountain Dew imo. Did him in. Or maybe he just rolled a 1 on his life check.
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Male 4,012
He failed his saving throw vs death.

I think I should name my next character Gygax as a token of appreciation. Such a cool fantasy name.

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Male 4,012
Link: Gary Gygax Dies at 69 [Rate Link] - One of the creators of Dungeons & Dragons just rolled his last d20.
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