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Dungeons and Dragons Creator E. Gary Gygax: RIP

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Being still somewhat youngish, there are few people that I open up to on the Obit page that have impacted my life greatly (except maybe musicians and TV actors from the 70's). Seriously, all of the great movers and shakers out there, industrialists, world leaders, inventors, Nobel Prize winners, I feel little connection to. Yesterday, when a friend told me that Gary Gygax had passed, the high school, geeky girl in me felt the end of an era like a smack on the side of my head from an orc's broadsword.

For those who don't know, Mr. Gygax co-created the seminal role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons with Dave Arneson. Gary seemed to get most of the credit though, because his name appeared on many of the rule books. Rule books that I still have packed away in storage: Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manuals I & II, Legends & Lore, etc.