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Gary Gygax – Failed saving throw

Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away today at the age of 69 due to heart problems.

I never have played D&D, or any traditional RPGs. I grew up in the Nintendo/Sega age. Mortal Kombat, Sonic and Mario were my addictions as a kid. I had a terrible attention span as a kid. However as a geek I am saddened at his passing. While most young people mightn’t have a clue at what he’s done, without him we wouldn’t probably have games like World of Warcraft, one of the biggest time wasters of most kids these days.

I don’t have any special memories of sitting round tables with funny shaped dice, but Wil Wheaton, author and actor, posted a little blog with some excerpts from one of his books, Happiest Days of Our Lives. It’s a nice little piece of his love of the game from his childhood.

Farewell, Gary. Hope you’re up there, geeking it up with Douglas and Robert.