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**