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R.I.P. Gary Gygax 3/5/08
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dalphx
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R.I.P. Gary Gygax 3/5/08

Gary Gygax, who died yesterday at 69, was the ultimate dungeon master.

Together with a friend, Dave Arneson, Gygax developed the groundbreaking role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, which spread to high schools and college campuses across the nation starting in 1974.

RPGs, as their enthusiasts call them, were initially isolated in communities of socially awkward young men listening to heavy-metal music and pretending to be goblins. Today they have grown to include millions of socially awkward people, of all ages and sexes and musical tastes, connected by the Internet and pretending to be everything from goblins to glamorous models.

It was "an entirely new type of hobby that now attracts millions of players worldwide to face-to-face and online role-playing games," according to a statement issued by D&D's publisher, Hasbro Inc.'s Wizards of the Coast unit.

Read full article here:

http://www.nysun.com/article/72338

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Star Spider
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Very Sad.

An amazing legacy to leave behind though.

I hope he has gone to a big gaming table in the sky!

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Oriza
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You beat me to this Razz I saw the memoriam on the Order of the Stick's page this morning and meant to post it here, lol.

I hope he rolls good stats in his next life Crying or Very sad
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Esteed
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I attempted to disbelieve this five times. He'll be missed. May he roll nothing but 20's in eternity.
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danteIL
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This is the best article about D&D and Gary Gygax that I have read, evar...

http://www.believermag.com/issues/200609/?read=article_lafarge

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SirQuady
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An impressive number of websites are giving tributes to him.

Here's Penny Arcade's.
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Troag Lee
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xkcd's fantastic tribute!

http://xkcd.com/393/

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Esteed
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"Oh, Jesus, he's getting out another rulebook." Sigged like a mofo!
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