In 1974, the world changed forever when Gary Gygax introduced the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. The legacy of his innovative ideas continues to influence games to this day, forty years later.
Gamers of the table-top variety all know the name Gary Gygax.
After all, he is to table-top gaming what Stan Lee is to comic books. For those of you who aren’t table-top gamers (and thereby have no idea what I’m talking about), Gary Gygax is the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, and has since been rightly dubbed the “Father of Roleplaying Games”. Think about it…if it hadn’t been for Gygax and his creativity, there would be no Pathfinder or Warhammer, or any other fantasy-based game that brings gamers together for nights of fun, questing and camaraderie.
“Gary led players on a journey of mutual respect and friendship through which they developed lifelong relationships, all thru the guise of a game.” — Gail Gygax, Founder & President
You don’t believe me? Check out the video below. For those of you who are familiar with the Gamer films done by Dead Gentlemen Productions and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, you’ll no doubt recognize some of the faces as well as scene clips.
By creating D&D, Gygax planted the seed from which the tree of roleplaying games grew, and 2014 will mark the 40th anniversary of Gygax’s long-lived creation. To honor this wonderfully creative achievement, Gygax will be forever immortalized by way of a statue to be erected in his hometown of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
To further honor the memory and work of Gygax, Wizards of the Coast created limited edition premium-covered reprints of his original three Dungeons & Dragons tomes that were released over the course of the last year. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these monumental books was set aside as a donation to the Gygax Memorial Fund, in addition to a sizeable contribution from Wizards of the Coast to help further the development of the memorial.
If you’re feeling generous (and are able to make a donation), by all means donate to the cause here. If you can’t donate, don’t feel bad. Times are tough everywhere. However you can in fact honor Gygax simply by playing D&D! If you’re a seasoned gamer, go ahead and gather up your friends for a campaign! Maybe even welcome a few newbies into your group. After all, there’s no such thing as too many gamers!