Gary Gygax, the inventor of Dungeons & Dragons, a rope from the rowboat of social interaction for young nerds the world over, died today. Here’s a long article by a guy who went to meet Gygax in his lair.

My own role-playing innocence was shattered when Mum arranged a playdate with a fellow D&Der. He had an amazing array of characters with mega ‘experience points’, the hard won currency of this murky little world. When I wondered about the amazing LOTR-style adventures he must have embarked upon to amass such bounty, he replied matter-of-factly “I cheat”.

Bastard. It never crossed my mind that in this game of fantasy, you could just make shit up. Kids, eh? I didn’t play so much after that.

Those 20 sided dice did come in handy years later for drinking games, though.


Sam Farrow March 5, 2008

OMG you totally broke this sad news for me. Rupert and I use to play – and as a tribute I suggest watching this again.

Mercy – you want mery! I AM CHAOTIC NEUTRAL

Richard Irvine March 5, 2008

Heh, sorry to break it to ya 🙂 I can just picture you and Rupert rolling up a storm. Maybe we should get a dungeon together and have a session.

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