I started playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was 15 years-old. Alan and I hid it from my dad by playing at his house and I never kept any D&D books at home. Sometimes we'd play at lunch in the Mormon Seminary
building across the street from the high school.
Gary Gygax created the game - well co-created it. By pretending to be heroes and fighting orcs, dragons, and all the other creatures from mythology, boys and girls became friends and exercised their imaginations. It's a fun game.
When I was in the Air Force sometimes guys would get together and play for a month or two - a couple sessions a week. Then I stopped playing for more than a decade after my discharge. Then one day I went upstairs in my apartment building to talk to one of the caretakers. What I heard and saw in his apartment was unmistakable - dice rolling, dragon's being slain, guys having fun. I said, "John, is that D&D?" And I was in.
We still play nearly every Sunday night.
Here's to you, Gary Gygax. You made a great game and your legacy will continue for many years to come.
- rick, geek.