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Seems relevant seeing he is pretty much the father of RPG's.

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Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and one of the fathers of tabletop role-playing games, died on Tuesday at the age of 69. He had suffered from heart problems.

The news was first announced on the message board of Troll Lord Games, the publisher of Gygax's most recent works. It has since been directly confirmed by the company, which will post an announcement on its Web site later Tuesday.

Gygax was best known for helping create Dungeons & Dragons and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. He also pioneered tabletop role-playing games. The first D&D rulebooks were released in 1974 by TSR, and since then have produced three full-fledged sequels, numerous revisions and updates, and dozens upon dozens of additional rulebooks, settings, and campaigns. While Gygax hadn't had much direct involvement with D&D for many years, he developed and contributed to many role-playing games, including Troll Lord Games' Gary Gygax's Fantasy Worlds.

If not for his contributions, video games and geek culture would probably look much different than it does today. Beyond jokes about "d20s" and "saving throws," D&D's systems and mythos have spawned many excellent games, including Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment.

Dungeons & Dragons continues to develop. Since TSR was purchased by Wizards of the Coast, the game has seen even more expansions and updates. The company released Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition in 2000, and Dungeons & Dragons 4.0 is scheduled to ship in June. Though he didn't actively produce the latest editions of the game, neither they nor the countless video games, books, and other media that carry the D&D name would have been possible without him.
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post #2 of 17
Wow. that sux. I dont play D&D but, it was still funny when he was in the Futurama Episode.
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post #3 of 17
QUICK! Buy D&D memorabilia at EBAY and be prepared to sell it back at triple the cost!!!
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post #4 of 17
I've played DND / AD&D off and on since the original version. I'm sure he'll be missed at the Cons as well as in the industry.
    
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I have lots of respect for Gary Gygax. I am going to burn my dice bag now.
    
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I shall slay 5 dracoliches in your honor, oh DM of the known Universe.

* goes off on his quest and is killed by a kobold after he failed his initiative roll*
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I shall slay 5 dracoliches in your honor, oh DM of the known Universe.

* goes off on his quest and is killed by a kobold after he failed his initiative roll*
Lol wut?

You must watch.
    
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I shall slay 5 dracoliches in your honor, oh DM of the known Universe.

* goes off on his quest and is killed by a kobold after he failed his initiative roll*
You do need a girlfriend
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Rest in Peace
    
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post #10 of 17
Bummer. Sad to see someone who contributed so much to gaming pass on. This is one of those "you know you're old when" moments.

I don't have the true original D&D books, but I still have the red "basic" and Blue "expert" books that most people think are the "original" D&D. And of course, all of the original AD&D hardcover books.
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