It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of gaming legend Gary Gygax. The father of the modern RPG industry died today at the age of 69 at his Lake Geneva home.
Gary will be missed by all in the RPG world. Without the creation of Dungeons and Dragons and the formation of TSR my childhood would have been very different.
My skin would have been less pale. My math skills not so finely honed. My ability to get a date would not have been so badly hampered...
I spent a large portion of my youth living in the world created by Gary Gygax. I have many fond memories of those Saturday nights. So what if the jocks and pretty boys were out chasing girls, I was in my friend's basement chasing orcs and slaying dragons until the sun arose and burned our light sensitive eyes.
After all those years of gaming I still turned out fine. I never went "over the deep end" and let in game events affect my life. Nor did I know any unhinged people who let the game rule their lives as the media constantly depicted in the 1980's.
Mr. Gygax, I will leave an empty chair for you when my gaming group next meets.