Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons passed away today at age 69 (he he) at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He had been in poor health, suffering numerous strokes and a near fatal heart attack.
His games and his influence to the role-playing game genre will be missed. I have many funny stories and fond memories of my youth playing Dungeons and Dragons with my neighbors and high school buddies. Playing D&D as we called it definitely kept us away from getting in trouble with girls, and helped my friends and I create the dreaded "2-liter" party. It's where you had to eat a whole large pizza and drink 2-liters of pop by yourself before the night ends without throwing up. Stupid as I was, I always tried to win. The only time I won I thought I was going to die. I just remember laying in the kitchen on the floor by the sink while my friends played D&D in the living room. I remember wishing that I'd throw up, but never I did. It was the longest night of my life. One time I filled up a huge glass of pop that almost emptied my 2 liter bottle and hid it. My friend Kelly thought I was going to win, and quickly drank the rest of his pop. He wasn't too happy when I revealed the rest of my pop in the large glass. That night he sat next to the sink wishing he would throw up while we played D&D.
Thanks Gary Gygax.