Confirmed by his son Ernie, Gary Gygax died in early this morning.
He and I have a strange history together and we certainly butted heads a couple of times, but you gotta hand it to the guy for putting his money where his mouth is and creating a little game that changed the world.
Imagine a world without D&D and the things it spawned.
No Magic: The Gathering.
No Baldur’s Gate.
No Vampire: The Masquerade.
No World of Warcraft.
What a strange world that would be.
As I look out across parallel dimensions of “what ifs,” I see a more bookish, even more nerdy chemistry teacher who looks exactly like me and knows none of the wonderful friends I have in this world. So much of who I am today and what I have accomplished in my life (as niche as those accomplishments may be) is because of my experiences with D&D and the choices it let me make.
So … thank you, Gary Gygax. You rolled a 20 on that one.