D&D geeks unite! Our great leader has left for lands beyond...

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 04, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    Gary Gygax, co-creator of the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, has died.

    VelvetDiceBag: Gary Gygax Passes

    Chicago Tribune: Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax dies at 69

    Wizards of the Coast / D&D home site

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    If you have D&D stories you'd like to share (in commemoration), feel free to do so as well.

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    I should also add that Gygax moonlighted as a member of the Vice Presidential Action Rangers, protecting our space-time continuum.
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    Mar 04, 2008 8:21 PM GMT
    When there were irregularly spaced footprints, that's when the displacer beast carried you Gary!
  • SkyMiles

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    Mar 05, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    I'd read that, and it's quite sad. I spent a lot (probably way too much) time playing the game GG codified.
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    Mar 05, 2008 1:12 AM GMT
    wow...I was just about to post this thread.

    My first male crush was a half-elf named Basalt (I was always a sucker for smooth lean guys).

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    Gary rolled a save vs. old age at -69...no way you can win that one.

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    Mar 05, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 said
    Gary rolled a save vs. old age at -69...no way you can win that one.



    haha
  • helium

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    Mar 05, 2008 5:39 AM GMT
    It's a sad thing to see that happened. It's a sad day for gamers.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 05, 2008 8:17 AM GMT
    Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick has a nice tribute comic for this Wednesday.
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    Mar 05, 2008 8:34 AM GMT
    In honor I shall go out and buy a +1 Dildo Holy Avenger. It only works in the hand on a Human, Ex-military Gulf-War I veteran, level 4 or higher. (Chaotic-Good)

    I think there should also be a site called RealGeek or something similar for Gay Gamers. (Xbox Rules!)

    Goodbye Gary :-) RIP
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 05, 2008 8:41 AM GMT
    re: EMSman
    A RealGeek site would be nice. At the moment, the closest thing I can think of is GayGamer.net. It's more of a blog-news site though.

    ComedyCentral has also noted his passing and included the following clip from Gygax's stint in the VPAR:


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    Mar 05, 2008 9:46 AM GMT
    Aw icon_sad.gif

    Though I've never played board D&D, I've always been a fan of the D&D video game franchises.

    Forgotten Realms titles especially. And I have a love affair with drows. icon_razz.gif

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    (Drizzt Do'Urden, the exile popularized by R.A. Salvatore)

    Aluve' Gary. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 11:29 AM GMT
    Yeah, I was saddened by the news. I was quite proud that he was originally from Chicago.

    So, a D&D story......

    Okay, so in a long running campaign my friend John ran, I was playing a cleric named Bennel Zargos, and the guy started off very cocky since he was gifted at a very young age, and decided to strike out as an adventurer with a very eclectic gang of, for lack of a better word, heroes. Over time, he humbled a bit, but it was after a series of very unfortunate accidents, like being swallowed whole by a purple wyrm, being swallowed whole by a huge zombie shambling mound, being swallowed whole by something new almost every other month. It was a running gag of sorts.

    Anyway, the party is facing a gang of tough earth elementals, and we manage to get them all except for one. Previously, the druid had cast Misting Fog in an attempt to hide then run away, but she caught other party members in it, including myself. There was an edge of a cliff in the cave where this was all taking place and was established that it dropped down to a pool of water at the bottom, so I started inching towards it, in hopes of climbing down or something, but the earth elemental is following me. I get to the edge, and I had to decide quickly what I would do, so....I dove, hoping that the water would break my fall. It did, including bruising it, and knocked me down pretty badly. The elemental follows, so I throwing everything at it in hopes that it would fall before me, but it gets a lucky shot in and kills me. That's the way the game goes, but one of the other players who was also taken out then quips:

    "Well, at least he didn't swallow you!"

  • DiverScience

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    Mar 05, 2008 1:44 PM GMT
    Gary Gygax fails vs Death.

    If only he'd been using the 3.5 updated rules!


    Ok, yes, I'm a big enough dork to remember and understand THAC0
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    Mar 05, 2008 1:56 PM GMT
    I was always more a fan of Vampire: the Masquerade myself. Anymore than 10 sides on my dice and i'm confused.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 05, 2008 2:17 PM GMT
    ...on that note, White Wolf also notes his passing:

    White Wolf Online: In Memorium E.G.G.

    I'm going to suspect that, unless MunchingZombie's displacer beast hypothesis is correct, Gary rolled badly on his maximum age during character generation and succumbed to the aging effects in his / D&D's encounter with the Ghost of Witch-hunting Idiocy during the 1980s.
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    Mar 05, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    Yeah, you'd be one hell of a Daeva, Rocco...
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 05, 2008 2:49 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidI was always more a fan of Vampire: the Masquerade myself. Anymore than 10 sides on my dice and i'm confused.


    Ah, but there likely would not have been a WhiteWolf if there wasn't a D&D first!

    Of those, I preferred Mage and Changeling
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    Mar 05, 2008 3:57 PM GMT
    DiverScience said[quote][cite]StripperRocco said[/cite]I was always more a fan of Vampire: the Masquerade myself. Anymore than 10 sides on my dice and i'm confused.


    Ah, but there likely would not have been a WhiteWolf if there wasn't a D&D first!

    Of those, I preferred Mage and Changeling[/quote]

    Oh i know. I give props to the D&D crowd!!!!!

    Mage rocked!!!!! I played a Euthanatos assassin, not to far from my Assamite Kindred assassin icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 4:04 PM GMT
    He had a wife???

    Just joklng. Wasn't there some cleric around who could cast a resurrection spell on him?
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    Mar 05, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    I raise my crossed bow and sword in salute.

    I owe half my vocabulary and the ability to think logically to Gary via D&D. May he be happy wherever he is.
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    Mar 05, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    from icanhascheezburger

    Gary Gygax Memorial Cat

    briefly flirted with D&D when I was little (my brothers were more into it). Then had some fun with Ghostbusters / Star Wars / X-Men pencil and paper roleplaying back in high school.
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    Mar 05, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    I loved Baldur's Gate II, it was so rich and nuanced. Gygax definitely made tons of people's lives a little more enjoyable.
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    Mar 06, 2008 11:15 AM GMT
    I loved Icewind Dale II

    Been wanting to play other titles but I can't find them in the stores here. Sigh

    On races, I prefer Drow, Half-Elf, Tiefling, Aasimar, and Githzerai (though the last three aren't usually playable)

    On classes, I prefer Sorcerer or Cleric (Priestess of Lloth mostly)

    My most hated enemies are trolls, abishais, and constructs.

    Trolls because they never die without being burned. I use to carry some grenades or fire spell scrolls just so I can kill trolls when my spellcasters run out of flame spells.

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    Abishais because they always summon lesser abishais. You end up fighting tons of em unless you kill the top abishais first.

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    Constructs because more often than not they are immune to all spells. Ugh. icon_razz.gif

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  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 06, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    Stephen Colbert has released his (fully expected) tribute:

  • Warren

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    Mar 06, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    Dnd just won't be the same. I'm gonna retire own of my d20 in remembrance.



    or maybe I'll just send a couple beholders after my PbP Dnd party...
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    Mar 07, 2008 11:23 AM GMT
    Beholders.... hehe. Nasty little buggers. Not as nasty as Illithids though.