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D&D Co-Creator Gary Gygax Has Passed Away, Tuesday, March 4, 2008.

  1. “Quick! Someone cast Raise Dead!”
  2. “Don’t worry – he’s just playtesting the Astral Plane for the next edition.”
  3. “He’s gone the way of Star Frontiers.”
  4. “Analysts warn of a free-fall in Mountain Dew futures.”
  5. “In the next town, you meet a stranger named Barry Bygax.”
  6. “Now who will lead our young people to Satan?”
  7. “With his last breath, he cursed the name of Marlon Wayans.”
  8. “I wonder how they’ll divide up his XP.”
  9. “Pallbearers, make a Bend Bars/Lift Gates roll.”
  10. "At least he didn't live to see Disney's Greyhawk On Ice."
  11. “Lorraine Williams is behind this somehow, I just know it.”
  12. “The worlds of adventure gaming, fantasy fandom, and van painting will never be the same.”
  13. “When I heard, I cried 2d10 tears.”
  14. “Is there anything in the will about electrum?”
  15. “Heart condition? Wow, I always thought it’d be owlbears that got him.”
  16. “Suddenly, nobody in Heaven wants to hang out with Marilyn Monroe on Friday night.”


mwiseman


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Errr...no danger of that.

lukeduff


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Raise Dead doesn't work if the creature has died of old age (which would include heart conditions at the age of 70).

http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/raiseDead.htm

BC4L!

SkekTek


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That's so sad... I played D&D WAAAAAY too often growing up...

HitsHerMark


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These all just about killed me.

But you forgot...

"I guess he failed his Save vs Death."

mwiseman


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Dang, I don't get any of that stuff!
Curse you, social interaction!

jrgreenfield1


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I was just going for:

D&D Co-Creator Gary Gygax Has Passed Away, Alone with a really tired right hand.

dave bug


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HitsHerMark wrote:These all just about killed me.

But you forgot...

"I guess he failed his Save vs Death."



Luckily no one else forgot that.

ryanhartkopf


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I'm Mr. G and I'm a clammy white elf Mohawk.

Edit: My bad, somehow I thought he was the co-creator of WoW. Next time I'll try reading.

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lukeduff


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jrgreenfield1 wrote:I was just going for:

D&D Co-Creator Gary Gygax Has Passed Away, Alone with a really tired right hand.


Wikipedia says "as of 2005, he was father to six children and grandfather to seven"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gygax

BC4L!

dwarf74


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He'll be missed. Most of the best, long-term friends I've made, I've met through gaming.

And I think he would have loved all of these.

BuffBillsFan


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Didn't Futurama have him on an episode where Fry asks the "What-if" machine "What if I never was frozen and came to the future?"

If so, then right now GG is in a pure white nothingness, waiting for his playing buddies to show up.

jrgreenfield1


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I'm sorry. The intention of my comment was to poke fun at the many D&D people who, by common stereotype, are geeks. I used the internet to poke fun at those I don't know but I am deeply sorry for his families loss. He may well have been a great guy and he certainly did build quite an iconic following and fortune to boot.

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jrgreenfield1 wrote:I'm sorry. The intention of my comment was to poke fun at the many D&D people who, by common stereotype, are geeks. I used the internet to poke fun at those I don't know but I am deeply sorry for his families loss. He may well have been a great guy and he certainly did build quite an iconic following and fortune to boot.



I took that as a joke that his right hand was tired from rolling the dice so much. Maybe it's just me ...

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jrgreenfield1 wrote:I'm sorry. The intention of my comment was to poke fun at the many D&D people who, by common stereotype, are geeks. I used the internet to poke fun at those I don't know but I am deeply sorry for his families loss. He may well have been a great guy and he certainly did build quite an iconic following and fortune to boot.



I think we all meant our jokes with love. We had fun with the list in the secret writer's treehouse because we knew we were leaving a memorial for a guy who devoted his life to helping whiny reclusive geeks have fun. Which means, without him, we might not have ever figured out we could be alone together on the Internet! I never met the man, but I suspect he would have taken your joke in the spirit it was meant. Assuming you made your charisma roll.

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phignuton


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Save versus death magic at -4....

Ow.

I'm so sorry... Had to be said.

Ashleyrah


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ROFL - great jokes. He will be missed! <quickly wipes away 1d4 tears>

dfawley


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I would hope you wouldn't catch me making those jokes... they SUCK.

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dfawley wrote:I would hope you wouldn't catch me making those jokes... they SUCK.



...Mom?

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lukeduff wrote:Raise Dead doesn't work if the creature has died of old age (which would include heart conditions at the age of 70).

http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/raiseDead.htm


But he was only 69

zetec


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Having a really bad day today (Gygax's death not the precipitating factor, but painful nonetheless), I want to say thank you. These really cheered me up.

DaveCCK


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Man, #15 slayed me. When I go, I hope it's via owlbears.

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Too late. I already used this line on my blog:

"Gary Gygax has lost his final saving throw."

Read the rest here.

lukeduff


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Shiba Ogami wrote:But he was only 69



Are you making some sort of 69-the-sex-position joke here? because that's inappropriate

BC4L!

Alorius


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15 and 16 are the greatest! i'll miss him dearly.

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ScottL


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What is the thing with Marlon Wayans about, please?

rjsword


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ScottL wrote:[
What is the thing with Marlon Wayans about, please?



It's about dungeon and dragons the movie...

firesickle


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Yeah I donno what you guys are talking about in #7 I liked the movie. I meen... it's definitely a B movie with good FX but seriously... B Movies ROCK and what nerd doesn't watch a B movie here or there!

I have been playing D&D advidly since I was 15 (only 6 years in) with a group of guys who started back in Z day... I never even knew this dudes name until yesterday, but my heart goes out to his family. This man has brought me a great deal of fun over the last 6 years!

kar131313


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Fare thee well, G.G. - hope there's smooth sailing in the next life for you.

Here's a thought: Marilyn will be playing with the rest of the gang in Friday night's game, along with many others. (Hey, in Heaven you should be able to handle an adventuring party of any size and have a fun game, right?).

chstwnd


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rjsword wrote:It's about dungeon and dragons the movie...



I REALLY looked forward to that movie, and it was so bad that I walked out about 20 minutes into it. But, I think I would blame Bruce Payne for the awfulness of the movie waaaaay more than Marlon Wayans. Bruce Payne and David Caruso must have gone to the same acting classes.

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I am truly sad for the loss. My ex-husband was one of the second wave playing D&D as a child (in the very early 80's) and told his parents when he was a teen that he wanted to grow up and write roleplaying games. At that tme, they said he was crazy. He grew up and spent several years writing some very well known RPG's. I met him because of a gaming group; I'm still friends with some of those folks, more than 20 years later.

That said, my current sweetie made me laugh out loud:

"Gary Gygax has passed away. He will be buried in a dodecahedral coffin."

darklordyoda


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Shouldn't it be an icosahedral coffin?

malveaux


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Order of the Stick did a much better tribute to him, and even fit it into the current story line:

http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0536.html

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lukeduff wrote:Wikipedia says "as of 2005, he was father to six children and grandfather to seven"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gygax



Well, it could have been artificial insemination. Or adoption.

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A sad, sad day for gamers everywhere. It brings two stories to mind.

Story 1: Whenever we were playing and my mom walked into the room, she would always ask "Who's winning?" As one the group would reply "It's a roleplaying game! Nobody wins."

Story 2: While DMing one night, I informed the party that they had entered a vast cavern. My father happened to be passing by, looked at the map and said " That's not a vast cavern. That's a half-vast cavern." We resumed playing after about 5 minutes of ensuing laughter.

Hopefully they bury Gary with a copy of the DM guide and a bag of dice.

mattsal23


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Lukeduff- I believe Shiba was referring to the fact that he was 69 years old. He was born in 1938 so his 70th birthday would have been July 27.

lazycomic


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AD&D was a (tragically?) large part of my teen years as well - a lot of good times.

I'm didn't see these until after I posted mine (at lazycomic.blogspot.com):

"Gary Gygax, co-creator of the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, died yesterday. He was mortally wounded when unable to parry a two-handed sword attack, which did 18 hit points of damage."

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Wish they could have mixed in Mazes and Monsters somewhere in there. Tom Hanks? Anyone remember?....

bofh


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They actuallu did try and resurect him but he failed his system shock roll, I guess the bill was wayy to much.

When our group plays again next week we'll observe a minutes rattle.

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It's kinda funny, but I actually play D&D. We're playing at 6 PM today, and I will ask for a moment of silence for him as he travels to Elysium (perhaps our DM will bring him back later as a Celestial)

He did critically fail his Save vs. Death, didn't he? I wonder who cast Wail of the Banshee on him...