Dungeons and Dragons co-creator dies

March 5, 2008 3:29 pm

Tags: 3D, 3D gaming, D&D, Gygax

It is a truly sad week for gamers everywhere as Gary Gygax, co-creator of the immensely popular Dungeons & Dragons series and known as 'one of the fathers of the role playing game' has died at the age of 69. First created in 1974 with Dave Arneson, Dungeons & Dragons became one of the most popular games of the past thirty years and one of the greatest role playing games of all time. Gygax meshed his love of fantasy and interest in medieval times to create a game that would become a hobby for untold thousands of gamers young and old the world over. Celebrities have even admitted to playing D&D growing up, including Stephen Colbert, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel and Moby. Gygax died at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. His health had been failing over the past few years, but his love and knowledge of games never dwindled. He continually kept in contact with the RPG community, and was making appearances at conventions and on television as recently as late 2007. You can read the Associated Press story on Gygax here.

Article Comments

Meshbox ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 March 2008

This is very sad. Although the paper-and-pen table game seems to be in decline, where would the computer game industry be if the RPG had never been created?

wolandepiphanius ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 06 March 2008

This is really sad news. I "grew away" from AD&D and started playing Rolemaster and never looked back, but still I owe GG my love for playing RPGs in the first place. I even have my first Dungeon Master's Guide and Player's Handbook (I can see them from where I'm typing this). Sorry, didn't mean to sound all nostalgic.

Gog ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 06 March 2008

Very sad indeed, for many of us I think a pang of nostalgia will be there, I still have, the D&D books, warhammer rpg and others lurking in my bookshelves. WIthout them as said by chikako there would be a very different compute games industry, dare I say quite possibly a different film and sfx industry, Gygax inspired generations of people

silverblade33 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 06 March 2008

I got into digital art largely to create D&D-style art, as D&D is my passion :) So, I owe Gary a lot...and now he's gone, sigh. He will be sene in years to come as the prime originator of Roleplaying games, and MMORPGs will, I bet, be the dominant entertainment form by the century's end...all due to Gary and Co working out how to turn wargaming, into a fantasy game.

Revelation-23 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 06 March 2008

Many a gamer (myself included) owes Gary Gygax a debt of gratitude for countless hours spent sitting around a table with books, papers, dice and plenty of junk food and caffeine. I wonder is he had any clue what he was unleashing on the world when he started.

wickedelf ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 06 March 2008

I met him at a "con" once. He was a great guy who was really down to earth. No, he didn't know the phenomena his game would become, but he was very happy about it. I still play almost every Sunday with my friends, and Poser is usually what I use to create images of the characters I play. It is sad moment for all of us "gamers". We will miss you, Gary.

drugdoc ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 06 March 2008

I had the priviledge of meeting him in person at gencon 2000. He puffed on his cigar and chuckled at all the antics of the "youngsters" trying to impress him. His legacy will live on, though he will be sorely missed.

leehilliard ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 09 March 2008

very sad news indeed. d&d got me really into fantasy art 20 some odd years ago.i still have hardback editions of his books. in fact i still reference them for my art today. gary will truly be missed.

psion005 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 09 March 2008

RIP Gary... Thank you for helping spark the imagination of millions of people.

fuzion112 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 March 2008

Thank you Gary for Giving me Hours of fun,and Helping me to expand my mind beyond the inner city.

SomethingStrange ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 March 2008

How sad. I enjoyed many a late nights when I was younger playing D&D with friends to the early hours :)

Bardicus ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 March 2008

The artwork first drew me into D&D. I was hugely fascinated by all the cool artwork of Elmore, Easly, Caldwell and Parkinson. I would have never been inspired as an artist if it wasn't for them. They added so much color to the work of Gary Gygax. I met Gary a few times at GenCon. He was a very laid back fella who was cool to talk to. We swapped stories and such. I even had him sign some old books of mine that I haven't opened for years. Even though I have moved away from the games a bit, I credit him as one of the bigger inspirations to the art that I create. Like many, I will miss you, Gary.

EltonJ ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 March 2008

I have befriended Ernest on Enworld a while back. The world is still the same, it's just that there is less in it. MMORPGs can't replace true pencil and paper gaming until the invention of the Holodeck or Holosuite.

Systole ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 March 2008

I've been playing since 1979 when DnD hit EU for the first time. RPG is part of my life, as GG was. Even if I moved to other RPGs a part of my loyalty stayed in the Dungeons. Bye Gary.

Rapierman ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 March 2008

The man was a genius, tapping into the potential of the player and giving it a life beyond anything we could have dreamt of. A true icon has passed from this mortal existence into a gaming pantheon. Let us bow our heads in silence in rememberance of this Father of RPG. There will be none other like him.

Netjera ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 March 2008

I started playing paper and pencil RPGs when I was fourteen. While I've loved the advent of the computer genre of RPGs, it's always saddened me that the creativity inspired by the original D&D is lost for the generation that's grown entirely on the computer. The biggest strength of original roleplaying was the ability to create your own worlds, and to make your character, your own. Neither of these can be achieved in an MMORPG created by someone else, and most players nowadays do not even roleplay their character - they simply play it. This is a sad day indeed. While I haven't been able to play for a long time, since there are no groups where I live; I still look for groups and hold the hope I'll find another one soon. We'll miss you Gary. Thanks for giving us our imaginations.

dwhomble ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 March 2008

very sad day....i would never had played rpg games if it had not been for Dungeons&Dragons.....i to still have all of my AD&D books....he was truly one of the fathers of the gameing community

mapps ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 March 2008

The table top is still going strong it has just switched to being called the D20 System. I started Running D&D games in the late 70's and I am still running games today. Most of the folks I hang out with I met through playing D&D in one way or another. Safe to say my life would be very different if it were not for the work of EGG :-) The last 30 years of my life have been moulded by the RPG craze that he started. he will be missed.

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