I’ve just found out that Gary Gygax died on Tuesday.
I bought the Red Box Basic rules in 1983 with pocket money that I’d save for weeks and the Blue Box Expert rules a month or two later. We used to play after school at a friend’s house. I attribute my interest in reading both fiction and history to the playing of this game as a child. I also attribute my learning mathematics to this game and the countless hours of adding up dice and calculating THAC0s, Saving Throws and ACs on the fly.
The man was also a prolific writer and imaginative world builder who took a game and built an industry on what he enjoyed doing. An inspiration to many people, he will be missed.
I wonder what he’ll roll up for his next character?