Obituary: E. Gary Gygax
- By Melissa Wilson
- Published 03/5/2008
Melissa WilsonView all articles by Melissa Wilson
Gygax and co-founder Dave Arneson developed the legendary role-playing system in 1974. The game is part of the popular lexicon, spinning off (and inspiring) games, books, comics and movies. Gygax had not been directly involved with official D&D since 1985, but he continued to publish adventures and supplements through Troll Lord Games that could be used with the system. Dungeons and Dragons Online, the MMORPG spinoff of the game, just celebrated its two-year anniversary; Gygax provided some of the narrative voicework, putting what many gamers felt was the official stamp of approval on the system.
His wife Gail said, "It really meant a lot to him to hear from people from over the years about how he helped them become a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, what he gave them. He really enjoyed that." As recently as January, Gygax hosted weekly games at their home.
In addition to his wife, Gygax is survived by six children. No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.
(Sources: Wired News, WKBT News, Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune)
Spread The Word
- Movie Review - Ghost Rider: The Spirit Of Vengeance (2012)
- Movie Review (counter) - The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010)
- Video Game Review - Ghostbusters: The Video Game
- Calling all Browncoats!
- Obituary: Actress Majel Barrett-Roddenberry
- Obituary: Isaac Hayes
- Station Voice Now Available for Everquest II and Star Wars MMORPGs
- Graphic Novel/Manga Review--In Odd We Trust
- Obituary: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
- Goodbye Verity Lambert
- Obituary: Author Madeleine L'Engle
- Warcraft: Coming to a Theater Near You!
- Obituary: Author Fred Saberhagen
- Obituary: Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert
- Wizards of the Coast Starting New Line of Novels
- Obituary: Cartoonist Johnny Hart
- PRESS RELEASE -- Wizards of the Coast to Release TRANSFORMERS® 3D Battle-Card Game
- Obituary: Author Molly Ivins