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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 03/04/2008 :  13:09:44  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/03/04/obit.gygax.ap/index.html

Gary died at the age of 69 today. Who's the man? Gary, thats who.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini

Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25977 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2008 :  13:22:26   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Blew the saving throw, huh?

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Why not question something for a change?
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dglas
Skeptic Friend

Canada
397 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2008 :  15:04:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send dglas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I rarely repeat posts between boards, but this is what I wrote on the JREF forums:

In his own peculiar way, I honestly think EGG did a great deal for us, even if he may not have known it. He turned horror into fun, nightmares into entertainment, and weakened its iron grip on us, and showed us the possibility of stepping outside our own skins, teaching us that other ways are not necessarily Wrong ways.

A salute to you, EGG. But you shoulda known better than to let that killer DM trick you into opening that cursed scroll...

Even if all one had to say was that he put a smile on some faces...that's a legacy I'd take in a heartbeat.

Farewell and well met.

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- dglas (In the hell of 1000 unresolved subplots...)
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The Presupposition of Intrinsic Evil
+ A Self-Justificatory Framework
= The "Heart of Darkness"
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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
4954 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2008 :  15:10:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From the CNN note:
Gygax always enjoyed hearing from the game's legion of devoted fans, many of whom would stop by the family's home in Lake Geneva, about 55 miles southwest of Milwaukee, his wife said. Despite his declining health, he hosted weekly games of Dungeons & Dragons as recently as January, she said.
How much fun would that have been? Question is, did he still use 1e or what?
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Dude
SFN Die Hard

USA
6891 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2008 :  16:49:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
He prob used 3.5!

RIP Original Gamer.


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
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the_ignored
SFN Addict

2557 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  03:19:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send the_ignored a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Something interesting; it seems that he "found christ" just before he died.


>From: enuffenuff@fastmail.fm
(excerpt follows):
> I'm looking to teach these two bastards a lesson they'll never forget.
> Personal visit by mates of mine. No violence, just a wee little chat.
>
> **** has also committed more crimes than you can count with his
> incitement of hatred against a religion. That law came in about 2007
> much to ****'s ignorance. That is fact and his writing will become well
> know as well as him becoming a publicly known icon of hatred.
>
> Good luck with that fuckwit. And Reynold, fucking run, and don't stop.
> Disappear would be best as it was you who dared to attack me on my
> illness knowing nothing of the cause. You disgust me and you are top of
> the list boy. Again, no violence. Just regular reminders of who's there
> and visits to see you are behaving. Nothing scary in reality. But I'd
> still disappear if I was you.

What brought that on? this. Original posting here.

Another example of this guy's lunacy here.
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JohnOAS
SFN Regular

Australia
800 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  04:41:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by the_ignored

Something interesting; it seems that he "found christ" just before he died.


Jesus saves!

And takes 1/2 damage.


John's just this guy, you know.
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Dude
SFN Die Hard

USA
6891 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  04:48:34   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nice!

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  07:11:26   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was part of a group of war game players back in the mid-seventies. I was the oldest, but nearly all the others are dead now. We had all bought the three shitty little original D&D manuals, and were mystified by the utter unplayability of the game based upon those inscrutable rules.

After a few months, we attended a war gamers' convention, and were fortunate enough to find a dungeon master there who ran us through some play, and showed us what the concepts were. As published material, the original manuals were useless, without someone who had themselves learned to play through human interaction.

Gary made many enemies through his greed and sharp business practices, no doubt about that. But his contributions in partly creating this new type of game, along with Dave Arneson and others, was and is a significant cultural breakthrough which resounds to this day in computer games, cinema, etc.

I don't mind Gary's deathbed "finding Christ." BFD. That means nothing, to Gygax, or to anyone else. (Jesus is really good at hiding from people, that rascal!)


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 03/05/2008 07:13:45
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  23:00:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Apropos, I think, from XKCD:




Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9666 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2008 :  03:33:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Mouse-hover's got "RIP, Gary" so they really were thinking of him.

Nice touch.

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2008 :  04:18:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

The Mouse-hover's got "RIP, Gary" so they really were thinking of him.

Nice touch.
Yeah, I noticed that after I posted here.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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