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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.

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rammy 6 years, 1 month ago

blueharley - LOL!! touche'

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

Puff, that was a great question from a dragon. I had to go see if you were a new poster just so you could say that!

And the answer to the question? Because Klondike bars are too painful.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 1 month ago

Redwood -

Yes. Exactly. Nice.

I even screwed up my correction. "Becamed." Jebus. I'm not even drunk or hopped up on coffee. Hmmm. I see the problem.

Bartender! How about another Maker's and Folgers? Heavy on the brown and light on the black. You know how I like it.

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RedwoodCoast 6 years, 1 month 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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RedwoodCoast 6 years, 1 month ago

Barista. Sounds a lot like Zapatista.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 1 month ago

"Got becamed." It is ok now to use that in everyday conversation.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 1 month ago

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

The baristas got became unionized. Quality has gone way down.

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RedwoodCoast 6 years, 1 month 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.

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Puff_Dragon 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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kansas_o_kansas 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

Then why did you have to cast Magic Missle?

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Norma Jeane Baker 6 years, 1 month ago

blue, that was so great I almost shot coffee out of my nose!! I laughed so hard.

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75x55 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm just so grateful that I don't understand any of this gibberish....

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

Kids of all ages, living in their parent's basements, are weeping.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

Just a personal reference on some old friends so caught up in the game, and how we referred to them when they went off the deep end. :D

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bondmen 6 years, 1 month 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?

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Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

Multi, that made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

he must have reached critical mass

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Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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