Today, 27 July, role players are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Gary Gygax, inventor of the famous Dungeons & Dragons. If it wasn’t for him bringing roleplaying games into the commercial spotlight in the 1970’s, I probably would not be here writing this (and you wouldn’t be here reading it).
I played Dungeons & Dragons for years, buying the manuals, trying to create my custom character sheets and my house rules, a bit like everyone else, probably. Getting older I began to find the idea of High Fantasy races and classes increasingly less attractive, so I moved on to other genres, but I can remember with affection the countless evenings spent playing D&D, and the lasting friendships I have established around the game in those years.
Roleplay became even more of a hobby as my life continued, one of those that has enriched me the most as a person, and this never would have happened without the creativity and ingenuity of Gary Gygax. Of course, today I don’t create labyrinthine dungeons filled to bursting point with monsters, but my taste for the fantastic and unexpected has still remained, and probably always will.
So for now I would just like to say:
Thanks Gary, you gave us a beautiful gift.