Gygax (a pretty neat name for a wizard character if you ask me) had been suffering from heart and other health problems over the past few years, including an abdominal aneurysm. He died in his home in Lake Geneva, WI, and is survived by his wife and six children.
Though it’s the butt of many jokes — and certainly has been shrouded in a good deal of controversy over the years — it’s hard to deny Dungeons & Dragons’ influence on popular culture over the past three decades. The tabletop role-playing game spawned a Saturday morning cartoon, countless fantasy novels and films and inspired many fantasy-related video games.
Gygax helped created the Dungeons & Dragons and Advance Dungeon & Dragons game systems in the early 1970s. The first rule books were released in 1974. The game was originally released by TSR, but has since been revamped by Wizards of the Coast, which also produces the popular fantasy-themed card game Magic the Gathering. Though Gygax hadn’t been involved in Dungeons & Dragons for years, he also had a hand in creating other RPGs for Troll Lord Games.
At your next gaming session, raise your goblets and tip a little mead to your buddy Gary. Rest in peace.