Gary Gygax : 1938 – 2008
Gary Gygax, legendary co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died today at age 69. For three decades, his work has allowed children and adults alike to escape real-life and take on the persona of mighty warriors, haughty magic users and sneaky rogues.
To a lot of people, it seems like the man did nothing more than legitimise sunlight-dodging nerdy behaviour, but his work on D & D has made a profound impact on almost every entertainment media – books, film, games, you name it.
Despite ever increasing health problems, Mr Gygax was running weekly D & D games at home right until the end. His contribution to escapism fantasy has made the world a better place for us all.