Farewell to the dungeon master

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I was never a hardcore gamer when I was younger, but I still played a fair bit of Dungeons and Dragons. I played at school, at friends' houses, even backstage at the Opera House. Ever since the mid-70's, teenagers have been hiding away in basements and attics, bedrooms and family rooms, rolling dice, drawing maps, and chasing adventure.

The man who made all of this possible was E. Gary Gygax, the creator of the original Dungeons and Dragons game system. He brought teens together, gave them something creative to do, and sparked their imaginations. His work influenced not only RPG's but also television, movies, and video games. The world would be a very different place were it not for Gary Gygax.

Unfortunately, he passed away yesterday at his home in Wisconsin. In a 2005 interview, he said "I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with everybody else." I will always remember him as someone who gave me many hours of enjoyment when I was younger. Thanks Gary!

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