Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Remembering Gary Gygax

E. Gary Gygax, 1938-2008

Today is the anniversary of the death of Gary Gygax, also known as GM's Day. Gamers across the world take time to mourn the passing of a man that has brought so much joy to so many. Usually I would mark the occasion by playing some games with my group, but this year everyone is busy and the weather outside made travel a little too treacherous. Instead I toasted Gary with a glass of bourbon while I worked on my current campaign, and took advantage of some of the GM's Day sales gaming companies have made an annual tradition.

Thinking of Gary may have inspired me, as tonight was pretty productive on the campaign front. The party had just entered a dungeon at the end of last session, and I keep adding on to it. In Gary's honor I added some nasty traps tonight. Hopefully when one of my players falls into it (they always do) he'll look down and smile.

If you are looking for a good way to celebrate the man who helped bring Dungeons & Dragons into the world and shape an entire hobby here are a few suggestions:

  1. Donate to the Gygax Memorial Fund.
  2. Subscribe to the amazing old-school magazine that bears his name.
  3. Play some games!

I have always been one of those people who lives without regrets. I think our choices, good and bad, helped shape who we are at this moment and that's how it should be. But I can honestly say that never getting the chance to meet Gary, just to shake the man's hand and tell him how much he and his creations have meant to me, is something I really do regret.

Thanks for everything Gary! You are truly missed.

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