Oh, The Nerd Flags are Flying at Half Mast Today

March 5, 2008

Well, the news is that Gary Gygax, the original co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons has died at the age of 69.

Now, I am not really a true gamer. I like traditional dice role-playing games. There’s a certain limitlessness to it all. I admire those who can be Dungeon Masters, cause good ones are really amateur storytellers. But there are people with bigger D&D credentials to eulogize Gygax’s passing.

But still, of all of the people in the nerd world that I would want to meet. He was certainly on the list. Just to shake his hand, and thank him.

I still remember the joy of being 11 and 12 years old, and drooling over the D&D Modules in the local book store. There was a certain look and feel, that was classic.

And he launched an entire industry. Now maybe hit points and armor class and points for attributes was used elsewhere, but it was D&D where it became commonplace. Plus, not to mention walking the thin line of copyright infringement. (Still unclear whether the term Orc belongs to Tolkien).

Anyway, I would have love to shake his hand, and say thanks. Very impressive, sir.

**Raises a glass**