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"Hello Fry, it's a ... (stops mid-sentence, throws two ten sided dice) pleasure to meet you."
Gary Gygax (voicing himself), Futurama

Ah, good old Ernest Gary Gygax. Where would we be without thee? Probably somewhere else, given the sheer different forms of media (and with them, a very large number of tropes) that originated from his work.

Back in the day, there were no Role Playing Games. None. Only tabletop war games. Gygax didn't like that at all, so he asked his friend Dave Arneson to make one. Arneson rewrote all of the rules to Chainmail, a system that Gygax and the local shop owner Jeff Perren had developed, to create Blackmoor, the first tabletop RPG. Gygax then, along with Arneson, worked to expand this from a simple add-on to Chainmail to its own system entirely. And thus, Dungeons & Dragons was born.

TSR Inc. flourished off of the game, leading to multiple game modules, many many many many alternate universes, and eventually even a cartoon adaptation. However, eventually TSR fell under new management, causing him to leave the company. He continued to work on new tabletop RPGs and write novels afterwards, and remained affiliated with his original creation all his life. In March of 2008, Gygax died at the age of 69.

Gygax is considered to be one of three things:

  • 1. The god of gaming made flesh.
  • 2. A genius who is effectively the father of modern role playing.
  • 3. A sadistic and crazy man who liked watching people squirm.

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