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Dungeons & Dragons co-creator dies

March 5, 2008

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— Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and is widely seen as the father of the role-playing games, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69.

He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.

Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies.

Dungeons & Dragons players create fictional characters and carry out their adventures with the help of complicated rules. The quintessential geek pastime, it spawned a wealth of copycat games and later inspired a whole genre of computer games that's still growing in popularity.

Born Ernest Gary Gygax, he grew up in Chicago and moved to Lake Geneva at the age of 8.

Gygax was working as an insurance underwriter in the 1960s, when he began playing war-themed board games.

But Gygax wanted to create a game that involved more fantasy.

To free up time to work on that, he left the insurance business and became a shoe repairman, his wife said.

Comments

Ragingbear 6 years, 9 months ago

He failed his saving throw. It was my fault, I borrowed his +9 sword without asking.

Ragingbear 6 years, 9 months ago

Multi, that made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

bondmen 6 years, 9 months ago

Now that he is on the other side, I wonder what he would want to say to us that are still here, were he able?

Ragingbear 6 years, 9 months ago

Then why did you have to cast Magic Missle?

kansas_o_kansas 6 years, 9 months ago

Check the bag of holding - see if anybody still has a resurrection spell!

Puff_Dragon 6 years, 9 months ago

Why are people on here always shooting coffee out of their noses?

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 9 months ago

D&D has always cracked me up. It's like comic books, only several degrees worse, since the people involved are the actual (imagined) superheroes with magic powers. Just powerless people dressed in black looking for power--no matter that it is imaginary.

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 9 months ago

Bob, your like someone who honks when you realize the red light you were waiting on has been green for 20 seconds or so. That way, you've already beaten the people behind you to the chase.

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