Gary Gygax Dies, As Does A Piece of Childhood

5 03 2008

Gary Gygax, one of my distant childhood heroes died today (technically yesterday). Gygax invented Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve been playing D&D or some other form of RPG since I was six or seven. It’s very sad news. Two different people came up to me today and said, “I think you’ll care about this.”

Almost nearly as disappointing is the AP’s description of D&D:

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.

Accurate to a stereotypical ‘T’, and so clinically sterile it sounds downright… boring. Though it doesn’t reflect my reality, I prefer summoner geeks as a description. (Summoner geeks is a cover of a SNL skit.)

On another topic, my housemate’s favorite words include good ones like moxie, gumption, chutzpa. Also: guff, sass, backtalk, lip, attitude.




One response

5 03 2008
Tom Humes

I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

Tom Humes

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