Post #1135 • March 7, 2008, 2:44 PM • 48 Comments
A week of milestones has passed. Soon I will tell you about some of them, but I want to get to the most important one first: Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died at the age of 69 this past Tuesday. He had been hosting D&D games at his home as recently as January.
I'm not ashamed to admit it: Gygax is responsible for many happy hours in my adolescence. D&D worked like propane on the engine of my imagination, and played an important part in my artistic development as I drew characters, maps, weapons, and monsters. I was a chaotic-good hafling thief that got up to 11th Level before I found other interests, and until then my elven, human, and dwarven companions and I had a grand time plundering, fighting, negotiating, strategizing, and fighting some more as we sauntered through the Tolkeinesque landscape. Somewhere I still have my collection of four-, six-, eight-, ten-, and twenty-sided die, which made for an interesting introduction to Platonic solids and probability. One of my first computer programs, written in BASIC on an Apple II+, generated D&D characters.
Artblog.net salutes you, Dungeon Master of Dungeon Masters, and wishes you fair skies and the wind at your back on your journey.