March 06, 2008

On The Passing of Gary Gygax

I read of the death of Gary Gygax many places, but The Order of the Stick has the best tribute I've seen so far.

I've been transcribing some old journals and writings of mine recently. Just tonight, I ran across this entry from November 1982, and thought it appropriate for the occasion:

I Know...

I know a dwarf. His name is Ixthos. I know a man. His name is Peldar. I know another man. His name is Ralt Gaither. I know yet another man, but he doesnít have a name. I know a pegasus. His name is Ariel. I know an animated box. His name is Tavtos. I know three horses. They donít have names.

I met all of them once while strolling through a hilly, rolling countryside. There were towns, people, good ale, and warm beds. But not all things were so good. Aye, there were dangers--dragons, orcs, goblins, and worse still.

There were swords, sorcerers, monsters, friendly yet stupid barkeeps, beautiful wenches, blue skies, and projects which needed doing. Yes, projects which needed doing such as killing hydras, riding dragons, finding treasures, and cleaving orc heads.

I met them all on a Sunday at 12:00PM and left them at 5:00PM, promising to be back at the same place at the same time within the next few weeks. Yes, I know them all. They come from the realms of my imagination.

His creations brought me weeks, nay, months of fun during some critical times of my life. RIP.

Posted by JohnL at March 6, 2008 10:53 PM
Comments

I liked the one from the OoTS, PvP had a decent webcomic on it too.

The best blog post I've come across was this one:

http://playthisthing.com/e-gary-gygax-fails-his-last-saving-throw

Posted by: owlish at March 7, 2008 01:15 AM

Sorry, I lied. Penny Arcade had the Gary Gygax tribute, not PvP.

And the Play This Thing post is next-to-best, compared to anything on TexasBestGrok, of course. :)

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