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    Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    For those of you who play, or have played D&D (Dungeons and Dragons), the orginal "Dungeon-Master" has passed away.

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    Gary Gygax, Dungeons & Dragons creator, dies - CNN.com

    MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) -- Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69.

    He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.

    Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies.

    Gygax always enjoyed hearing from the game's legion of devoted fans, many of whom would stop by the family's home in Lake Geneva, about 55 miles southwest of Milwaukee, his wife said. Despite his declining health, he hosted weekly games of Dungeons & Dragons as recently as January, she 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," Gygax said. "He really enjoyed that."

    Dungeons & Dragons players create fictional characters and carry out their adventures with the help of complicated rules. The quintessential geek pastime, it spawned a wealth of copycat games and later inspired a whole genre of computer games that's still growing in popularity.

    Funeral arrangements are pending. Besides his wife, Gygax is survived by six children.


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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    Figures he was from Wisconsin.



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    NERDS!!!



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    I'll roll some D-20s in his memory this weekend! :)



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    Not many people know this, but the cause of death was an orc with a mace.

    You'd have thought Gygax would have had a few more hit points left in him.


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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Not many people know this, but the cause of death was an orc with a mace.

    You'd have thought Gygax would have had a few more hit points left in him.
    Dude! That ork rolled a 20. Double damage. Gygax never had a chance.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    Dude! That ork rolled a 20. Double damage. Gygax never had a chance.

    I was under the impression Gygax rolled a 1 and fumbled with his enchanted broad sword. My bad.



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    One question.

    Did they ever make it home?




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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    The guy had a wife and 6 kids. His parents must have had a big basement.



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    And ample supply of Ho Hos, Yohoo, and Cheetoes.



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    One question.

    Did they ever make it home?

    Nope, I don't believe so. Too bad that this type of cartoon no longer exists.



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    Quote Originally Posted by pulse View Post
    And ample supply of Ho Hos, Yohoo, and Cheetoes.
    Yoohoo? Man the hard core playa's were downing Doritos and Mt Dew. Except we always got the cheep HyVee Mt Dew equivalent Heehaw, because we were poor.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    Yoohoo? Man the hard core playa's were downing Doritos and Mt Dew. Except we always got the cheep HyVee Mt Dew equivalent Heehaw, because we were poor.

    Ahh, good ole Hee Haw. Used to drink Dr. Thunder as well. The things you will eat and drink when poor is amazing.



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    Doritos and Heehaw are better for the acne.



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    Re: Gary Gygax dies at age 69

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Ahh, good ole Hee Haw. Used to drink Dr. Thunder as well. The things you will eat and drink when poor is amazing.
    Wasn't there also a Hillbilly Holler? Maybe in Hy-Vee or Fareway?



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