It’s Gary Gygax Day 2014. Here’s a commemoration of the man I wrote awhile back. Hope you enjoy it and sling a few dice today in the great man’s honor.
Originally posted on Master of the Game:
Today we celebrate the man that, in the minds of most RPGers, started it all…Mr. Ernest Gary Gygax. I wrote the following on another social media service to commemorate Mr. Gygax’s death back in 2008. What held true then continues to do so now, so I thought it appropriate to reprint it here:
In the 1970s, Gygax (with his friend, Dave Arneson) created the game Dungeons & Dragons (aka D&D). It began as an off-shoot of the medieval table-top minature game “Chainmail“. They added supplemental fantasy rules to this battle simulation game. These rules expanded into the quintessential role playing game (RPG), Dungeons & Dragons.
Now, D&D, in some ways, was a flawed game. Nearly every group that ever played came up with house rules to cover things not addressed by the rules or to allow for players to perform unanticipated feats of daring-do. I have…
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Since 2002 this day has been designated as a time to appreciate your local game master for all the hard work he or she put into giving you an enjoyable gaming experience. It is also, coincidentally, the anniversary of the death of E. Gary Gygax, the grandfather of all GMs and father of Dungeons & Dragons. This is especially special because this year is the fortieth anniversary of the release of D&D, the game that started it all.
Game Masters put in an awful lot of hard work for their players. Long hours of plotting and mapping. Making props. Logging adventure notes. Rolling with the various curve-balls thrown at them by players. All for the enjoyment of everyone seated around that table.
You can also celebrate “Read an RPG Book in Public” week. This celebration of gamer geekdom was created by The Escapist and is celebrated three times a year. Take out a rulebook and get a conversation started about our hobby!
So show your appreciation to your poor, old, beleaguered GM. Give them an extra slice of pizza next time you game. Sharpen their pencils. Munchkin a little less next session. Or just say thanks for all the hard work. Usually, enjoying the game is thanks enough, but now’s a good time to show that appreciation with a little extra love.