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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.
He died at the age of 69
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.
The Endless Tale goes on and onIn dorm rooms and in basementsI hear the voices of good friends deep in character creationThrough all the pit-traps and locked chests, our PCsCome up grinning, while bashing Orcs and Kobolds vileHow can I keep from critting?
Come where the Dragons loudly roar, and fear no troops of SlayersWhere treasures fill the long-lost halls, ‘neath cobwebs thickly layeredNo living souls dared enter here, our heroes, they were willingThe Wraith-lord fled my +9 SpearHow can I keep from critting?
When Townsfolk tremble in their fearAnd hear their death-knell ringingWe are employed to break the curseSacks filled with gold they’re bringing
At Comic cons or Renaissance faires,Our Luck rolls never quittingWhen Stats are forged of Heaven’s graceHow can I keep from critti
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.
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*
Death swings sythe.
Gary loses 23 HP
I didn`t understand this picture until now.
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.
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?
He was a great man. Created an awesome game, with a truckload of controversy. Keep rolling those dice Gygax, wherever you are.
TributeThis 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.)
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
Without his ideas, various background game mechanics (like critical damage) would probably have never come to be.
He is a gaming legend!
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.
what are you talking about go to? I live there.
Still, DnD was truly a significant stepping stone in gaming. Rest in peace man.
****IMPORTANT: only applicable to people who enjoy gaming****
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.
but its sad that he died..... at at a young(ish) age too
I think I should name my next character Gygax as a token of appreciation. Such a cool fantasy name.