View Full Version : Gary Gygax died this morning.

03-04-2008, 02:48 PM
I just learned that Gary Gygax, creator of TSR, D&D and Gencon, died this morning in Lake Geneva, WI at age 69.

First reported on Troll Lord forums...

Link: http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4373&mforum=trolllordgames


03-04-2008, 03:09 PM
Rest in Peace Gary!


03-04-2008, 03:42 PM
Yes, Rest in peace. And thanks for everything. I never met him but its really sad to hear that he died.


03-04-2008, 03:47 PM
From me, too, sincere condolences to his family and friends.

May he rest in peace, although I never knew him.
He left a legacy so great it can barely be understood... Thanks, Mr. Gygax!

03-04-2008, 04:59 PM
I only consider myself lucky in having met Gary Gygax at GENCON Indy 08, last August. Although he was apparently signing autographs and running some games, I ran into by accident. I'm a smoker and I had to sneak out of GENCON to have a cigarette. The southside entrance stairway had a gaggle of people surrounding the ashtrays puffing away.

I stepped out, and couldn't find a lighter, the guy next to me offered me his - I glanced at his name badge "Gary Gygax" and nearly fell down the stairs. He was great, fairly humble, talked about old-style D&D games, his favorite adventures, etc. Everyone was glued to everything he was saying - like a preacher in front of an impromtu congregation.

Although I saw a few other "stars" at the show, meeting Gary was the piece-de-resistance. I glad for the opportunity.

He will be greatly missed.

03-04-2008, 05:08 PM
Somtimes I wish I could have met him, mostly though I am happy we haven't, because we would probably differ grandly in opinions about the RPG :)

But nonetheless I honour him... and would have liked to meet him anyways *g*

To be honest I even cried quite a bit :) The works of Gygax and his peers made my messed-up youth worth the while :)

03-04-2008, 05:54 PM
My "Meeting Gary Gygax" story is much like GP's. I save up as a young 20-something to go to a con and find out that two people that inspired me the most would be there, Gary Gygax and Larry Elmore. I go to Larry's booth and chat with him for a good 20 minutes talkign about much I loved his work and getting him to sign one of his books. Then I turn around and the next guy to walk up to the booth is Gary Gygax. He shakes Larry's hand and they both turn to me. I get introduced to Gary Gygax by Larry Elmore. My nerd heart practically exploded.

I don't think I was able to actually speak until after my friends dragged me away.

03-04-2008, 07:52 PM

i knew i shouldn't have checked the boards tonight before playing a game. i don't know how i'm going to run this one tonight. i'm speechless, almost in tears. this man and his game gave me so many great memories....

he left a mozart like legacy, one that will never be overshadowed. god speed my freind, you gave us all something that lives past your years. i'm sure you'll be gaming in heaven with all those lost gamers who have gone before.

though we only talked a few times, i feel this guy would have been one of my best freinds. i can say nothing more. i'm still shocked. :( :(

03-05-2008, 01:43 AM
I too have a Gameprinter/Glenzilla story from Gen Con 08.

I had a few competitons to attend at Gen Con and so I figured I would not have the chance to actually meet Mr Gygax. On the final day of the Con, I am sitting in the Hyatt with some friends killing time before going to the airport when I see a Gentleman coming up in a Scooter and I think to myself: "He sure looks like Gary Gygax, but I didn't think he was that old or infirm he needed one."

So I go up and ask if he is indeed Gary Gygax, and he says Yes he is. I am in geek heaven, just him, me and his wife and assistant. No one else around. I told him how much I enjoyed the game, and asked he would be willing to sign my hardcover book "Expedition to the Ruins of Castle Greyhawk" I knew he never wrote the book, but I also knew that this book was based on his greater works. Ever the humble man, Gary said sure, he would be honoured to sign the book.

Now, with his passing this book is even more precious to me any other object in my house.

03-05-2008, 06:02 AM
For my part, I’m sorry that I will never have the chance to meet him in real live, but I did talk once with him on an internet forum about the future of D&D (the 3rd edition and so). It was fun to see that a guy like him still take the time to hear our comments and take some notes from good points we have instead of doing like many big shoot and saying that it will be as they wishes and that’s it.

All the RPG society will dearly miss him.
My sincere condolences to his family.

But I know that up there they were just bored so they call him to get a good game running,
And so I’m sure we will see him soon enough when we go visit…

Cheer Gary!

here is a link to a short biography of him: Gary Gygax (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7f/Gary_Gygax_Gen_Con_2007.JPG/200px-Gary_Gygax_Gen_Con_2007.JPG&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gygax&h=267&w=200&sz=21&hl=fr&start=38&um=1&tbnid=y_8anC4tN3XJOM:&tbnh=113&tbnw=85&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgary%2Bgygax%26start%3D36%26ndsp%3D18 %26um%3D1%26hl%3Dfr%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:fr-ca:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7SUNA%26sa%3DN)


03-05-2008, 12:08 PM
I recently had the opportunity to get to know Gary a little bit on another web forum. I was always impressed that although he had plenty of opportunities to complain about a variety of things (his health not least), he never did. He never had a bad word to say to or about anyone, yet he always expressed his opinions firmly.

Even had he never picked up a set of funny-looking dice, I think he still would have been a great man. I am very glad that I got the little bit of exposure to him that I did and saddened that I will have to wait for the next life to meet him in person.

Requiem Šternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

03-05-2008, 08:14 PM
Truly an incredible loss to the whole gaming community. His contribution to this hobby from creation is immeasurable.

I also have met him, but I think I may have the extreme honor of claiming the "My character died at the hands of Gary Gygax" title. He ran a couple of short dungeon crawls at Imagine-Con in Norfolk a long while back and I signed up and luckily got selected to play. He's an amazing Dungeon Master and it was truly an honor to have been inspired yet killed with a roll of his die.

03-06-2008, 06:09 PM
'Tis sad indeed. I feel as if an old friend has passed on to a better place. Maybe HeavenCon. RIP EGG, you will be sorely missed and your legacy will live on through the millions of gamers whose lives you've touched in some form or fashion. Thank you for all that you have given me, 27 years of happiness.

03-07-2008, 12:54 AM
Gary never really let on about his health. He'd been ill for years, and I recall a bad spell a year or two back when it didn't look like he'd pull thru. But he beat the odds and had a couple more years. Geeky though it seems, I'm still a bit numb over his death. No, I never had the honor of meeting him; my only interaction was over the net. But even there his wit and humanity shone thru.

His impact on our hobby cannot be overstated, and it's very likely that no matter what game you play, you probably wouldn't be playing it or making maps for it not for EGG.

Godspeed, Gary. You may be gone but you'll be forever in the hearts of those who play the game you gave us.

03-07-2008, 08:35 PM
you know, i've been playing this game since 1979, with the white box set, and chits. imagine a 12 year old kid, with no freinds, surrounded by bullies at school, with nothing but a box of rule books that showed him another world.

through this game i learned about art, history, literature, math, acting, and a great way to meet freinds. the game brought me out of my shell, gave me dreams, inspiration, and the ability to create worlds i could never have imagined. and though i only got to talk to Gary on the net, i feel impacted by his inspiration in ways i never could have forseen 28 years ago. Thanks my freind. that's all i can say.

this week, i called all of my gamer freinds, both old and new, and we've got 8 coming tonight to stay the weekend and play through the "tomb of horrors" with me. before we begin, we'll toast to Gary, relive memories of some of the great dungeon crawls of the past, and truly enjoy the game we all know and love because of him. his contribution to the fabric of society is immesurable.

and playing this weekend will be our way of saying "Thanks."

BTW, tuesday night, after i hear the news, i had to go play a game of poker with a group of freinds from my work. I took a D20, called it Gary, and put it on the top of my chips. every time i thought about folding, i would roll it, and it would come up that i should stay in the hand. i always won the hands, and I won the game that night, for the first time in quite a while. now, nobody wants me to bring the dice to the game, as they are afraid of what might happen.

i say good. thanks for helping me win, big guy. :)

03-07-2008, 11:11 PM
Tomb of Horrors was the first game that popped into my head, followed by the ever famous Temple of Elemental Evil... If I could make that game, I would... good luck on making it thru bro... you will need it >:)

03-09-2008, 04:04 PM
RIP, Gary, and thank you for everything.

The NY Times has a great Op-Ed piece on Gary today by one of the editors of Wired Magazine:


03-18-2008, 09:48 PM
It transpires that Arthur C Clarke has joined Gary today too... :(

03-19-2008, 11:03 AM
I can only imagine the game of Traveller they might enjoy.

Now I want to re-read Rendevous with Rama.

03-19-2008, 11:04 AM
Wow. The last few months have certainly been hard on the sci-fi/fantasy world: Jordan, Gygax, Clarke, L'Engle. And Pratchett's announcement that he has Alzheimer's. A lot of great writers and pioneers of the genres gone.

03-19-2008, 01:48 PM
Truly the Ides of March are upon us!