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TroysBadDawg
03-08-2008, 08:04 PM
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An homage to the man behind 'Dungeons & Dragons'

Posted by Jim Kerstetter

Gary Gygax helped keep me out of trouble when I was in junior high school.

I was saddened earlier Tuesday to hear that Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and the father of modern role-playing games, has died. He was 69 years old. My CNET Reviews colleague Will Greenwald has already written about Gygax's role in the gaming community.

For many of us who grew up before PCs became ubiquitous and long before it was cool to be a geek, Gygax's creation meant Friday nights spent playing games with your friends, not wishing you were someone else. Instead of finding creative ways to break the law, we were busy rolling 20-sided dice and doing battle with Orcs and other evil beasts.

It was a fantastical world for adolescents. Gygax managed to mix The Lord of the Rings and mythology with comic book adventures. Naturally, there were absurd D&D-related scares in the early-1980s regarding kids delving into Satanism and disastrous episodes of real-life sword fighting. (I always thought if kids were dumb enough to fight with real swords, they had bigger issues than the influence of a role-playing game).

My own memories: Before moving on to the decidedly autocratic role of Dungeon Master, my favorite D&D role was a long-sword-wielding ranger named Toranaga (I think the miniseries Shogun was big at the time and that's where I got the Japanese name). He had a magic girdle of strength and ran a speakeasy on the side. For the record, Toranaga was Chaotic Good, had a 17 strength (that's non-magic girdle-enhanced), had a sturdy constitution of 14, but was a bit clumsy due to his 9 dexterity. For those of you who never played the game, well, sorry, this probably doesn't mean much to you. Let's just say 17 is good (18 is the highest you can get); 9--not so good.

I also seem to recall my ranger/barkeep met his untimely demise at the hands of an Ochre Jelly monster that made a home in his bar. It was an ignominious death for a guy named after a mighty Japanese warrior.

Times have changed, of course. Like most kids, I moved on from D&D and hadn't even looked at a D&D book in decades, until a former colleague of mine brought his son's old gaming books into the office. While we may have been oddball hobbyists 25 years ago, role-playing games are now mainstream, thanks to gaming consoles and the Internet. World of Warcraft is a billion-dollar enterprise, and D&D lives on in various forms. But without D&D paving the way, it's hard to imagine WoW would even exist.

So let's pay our respects: You have to wonder how many of today's writers, computer programmers, video game creators, and other creative sorts wiled away their winter nights playing D&D. Thanks, Mr. Gygax. You allowed us to use our brains.


Guess he can't throw his dice for a saving roll, here on earth.

He made handicapped people warriors. :computer:

RIP Gary Gygax

PisnNapalm
03-08-2008, 08:25 PM
Yeah I was a geek that played D&D as a kid.

Here's a tribute to how GG died....

1) Started a new character sheet.
2) Is looking for a seventh-level cleric.
3) Failed his save vs. death magic.
4) Is food for purple worms.
5) Immediately became an NPC.
6) Finished the Doritos.
7) Has gone pips up.
8) Is pushing up shriekers.
9) Cashed in his gold pieces.
10) Took the first step to lichdom.
11) Went ethereal.
12) Kicked on the end of a spear.
13) Didn't make his system shock roll.
14) Bought the farm in Hommlet.
15) Is taking a dice nap.
16) Has gone to meet Zagyg.
17) Rolled his last natural 20.
18) Went against the giants.
19) Joined the gaming table invisible.
20) Is sleeping with the sahuagin.
21) Drew the Void.
22) Ended the campaign.
23) Kicked the dice bag.
24) Retired Mordenkainen.
25) Got screwed by the DM.

TroysBadDawg
03-10-2008, 09:07 AM
Hey I don't want to pick on the BIG DM so I would say got screwed by him. Lets just say the BIG DM called him home. And I am here looking at my dice bag wondering how soon I am going to be playing D&D in the sky?

revefsreleets
03-10-2008, 05:59 PM
I played for awhile...it was pretty cool.

TroysBadDawg
03-10-2008, 06:37 PM
I still do with some friends, but not very often. We have a file cabinet full of dungeons and adventures we made. We even have a world that we played for about four years.
In college we would start right after class and go continuesly until Monday class time. IF you had to sleep or do a paper, your person became a NPC and went along for the ride.

TheWarDen86
03-10-2008, 08:43 PM
My buddy/roommate was a D&D guy. One night during a rainstorm we were stuck in thebarracks and he convinced me and another buddy that rather than watch "Smokey and the Bandit" (which we loved) for the 900th time, why not give D&D a try. Needless-to-say, he soon dubbed us "Hack and Slash" as all we did was opt for the rape and pillage. It DID turn into a fun night though.

I just emailed the both of them this story, thank you.

RIP Gary Gygax.