Thursday, March 06, 2008

Roll Em Up

We lost a great innovator in the realm of tabletop RPGs this week in the form of Gary Gygax. Gary pretty much was the godfather of tabletop gaming with the creation of Dungeons and Dragons and a myriad of modules and novels to boot. I've never met the man and never will now, but I owe him a great debt being a geek who found a second life in the games he made up. Many a fond Saturday were spent with friends during my youth rolling our dice and playing heroic characters fighting nefarious villains, graduating from the world of D&D to AD&D and then Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars, Vampire and other role-playing games. Ever since my brother got the red box basic set when we were 11 or 12, it was game on and we were having the times of our lives. Everyone I've played with I've considered a friend, and I have memories of all of the adventuring parties that were willing to have me.

They were fun times and I wouldn't trade them for the world. Indirectly, Gary taught me acting, storytelling and how to have a good time using my imagination and some dice and a few buddies and beers. For that, I will always be thankful. I may not have the time anymore to get a group together and crawl through a dungeon, but I know I will eventually, and I look forward to teaching my child how to play in the world Gary Gygax created. It'll be 2nd edition, since that's what I remember the most, and we'll break out our six sided dice and roll for stats, gear and eventually and most importantly, initiative.

Rest in peace Gary.

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