A tribute to Gary Gygax the king of Tabletop games

12 Sep

This is a personal tribute from an avid fan to the co-creator of my favourite RPG. Gary Gygax before I begin I would like to acknowledge the sources where I gained large amounts of information from, so here goes,


http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-03-06/entertainment/17168350_1_gary-gygax-dungeon-master-s-guide-geeks (Thanks for the info guys).

So here goes I guess this is his lifestory,

Back in the 1960’s Gary Gygax created an organisation of wargaming clubs and founded the GEN CON gaming convention. In 1971 he helped devise Chainmail a miniatures game influenced by medieval warfare before co founding TSR (Tactical Studies Rules) with his childhood friend Don Kaye. Influenced heavily by authours such as JRR Tolkein,  Gygax, along with Dave Arneson created Dungeons and Dragons which encompassed rules in Chainmail alongside the fantasy elements, in the same year Gygax founded The Dragon a magazinbe based around the new game. Whilst in 1977 he worked on a  more comprehensive version of Dungeons and Dragons, Advanced Dungeons and Dragonsdesigning numerous manuals as well as several pre-packaged scenarios which he referred to as modules that gave a person running a D&D session a rough script and ideas of which to run an adventure from.

Just as authours such as Tolkein had inspired Gygax to help create Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax arguably has inspired countless RPG’s, you don’t need to look too far to see his inspiration in games such as World of Warcraft and other MMORPG‘s. As well as succesful fantasy authours such as  R.A. Salvatore, to name just one. Of course this isn’t including the thousands of Dungeon masters and players worldwide who without his creative spark would probably not be rolling D20’s and bemoaning their poor rolls, nevermind the fact that we wouldn’t have so many highly entertaining characters as Drizzt Do’urden. Without his input we wouldnt have Warhammer and so it is for these reasons I class Gary Gygax the king of Tabletop games.

Gary Gygax died in March 2008 from an aortic aneurysm.


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