Remembering Gary Gygax

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“You are not entering this world in the usual manner, for you are setting forth to be a Dungeon Master. Certainly there are stout fighters, mighty magic-users, wily thieves, and courageous clerics who will make their mark in the magical lands of D&D adventure. You however, are above even the greatest of these, for as DM you are to become the Shaper of the Cosmos. It is you who will give form and content to the all the universe. You will breathe life into the stillness, giving meaning and purpose to all the actions which are to follow.”  — Gary Gygax

E. Gary Gygax died seven years ago today. He was 69. I discovered the game he helped create in 1978 and it’s been an important part of my life, and the lives of some of my closest friends, ever since. Dungeons and Dragons, and its imitators, has evolved quite a bit from its earliest imaginings, but at its heart, it is the same. It is about co-operative storytelling and camaraderie. Especially camaraderie.

Rest in Peace, Dungeon Master. You are gone, good sir, but your legacy remains, and we thank you for it.

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