Entry for March 04, 2008: Gygax gone, but not forgotten

Friends and fellow role-players, I recently learned from gamer Beruk A. and co-worker and fellow blogger Ken G. that Dungeons & Dragons co-creator E. Gary Gygax has died at the age of 69.

Even as we enjoy D&D3.5 and look ahead to Fourth Edition, I have fond memories of first playing the boxed sets back in the early 1980s and of finding the pamphlets of the original 1970s version of the game. I've also read several of Gygax's fantasy novels, played in the world of "Greyhawk," and used several of the ideas he helped establish in our hobby.

Gygax will be missed, and we'll remember him and other fallen friends at this week's D&D3.5 "Vanished Lands: the Broken Chains" and "Holy Steel" sessions.