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Gary Gygax passed away
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:15:26 pm »
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/03/04/obit.gygax.ap/index.html

Apparently left behind a wife and 6 kids. So far for THAT stereotype...
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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008, 03:54:23 am »
Sad news. Haven't done any proper gaming in ages but was a heavy user of the CRPGs that were the (bastard, thalidomide-affected) children of his creation.

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008, 10:11:26 am »
  Yeah, I read about it yesterday.  I'm actually a bit sad about it, which is weird, because I never even met the guy.  I guess D&D and it's various descendants have played a huge part in my life.  I wanted to play a D&D in his honor last night, but I had too much homework.   :'(

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2008, 01:47:31 pm »
Yeah, he did have a huge impact on nerd culture, so, it's sad.
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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2008, 08:18:02 am »
Too bad he failed his saving throw I suppose.
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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008, 01:47:15 am »
There was no save. Poetic justice...

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008, 08:16:27 am »
That's what you think...

Also, it seems not everyone liked him. :) Genocide indeed.

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008, 01:08:04 am »
Also, it seems not everyone liked him. :) Genocide indeed.

That man must have had a terrible DM as a child. 

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008, 01:57:41 am »
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That man must have had a terrible DM as a child. 

And a lot of sand is his vagina. Geez, can't he wait until the corpse is cold?

What's the damn problem, anyhow - D&D has always been about killing things and taking their stuff. What does he want an RPG system where characters are developed through interpretive fucking dance? (Never played GURPS, myself. Eth, as the resident RPG geek-in-chief, what's your educated opinion?)

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2008, 10:25:27 am »
  My educated opinion is that the system is secondary to the GM and players, when it comes to the enjoyment of the game.  Sure, some system emphasize some things over others, and that certainly has some effect, but ultimately part of the beauty of role-playing games is that the players make it their own.  I've hardly played any GURPS myself, but it looks like a fine system, very flexible.  The fact is that D&D (at least as it is currently played by most people) has the option for non-combat-related experience points.  If that's the way you want to play, do it. 

  I will say, however, that everything I've read about Gygax's personal DM-style, is that he was a combat-oriented DM.  D&D was much more about tactical situations from him than it was about improv theater.  I've been running my wife and kids on one of his old modules (Village of Hommlet) for the last couple of years, and it certainly involves a lot of killing things and taking their stuff.  I certainly wouldn't go so far as to call it a "Hobgoblic Holocaust," though. 

  (Though that does remind me of the time when our party of bloodthirsty elves went through an orcish settlement, killing every man, woman, and child in sight with lightning bolts and such.)

  Well, that was incoherant.  Oh well.  Sorry. 

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2008, 10:29:27 am »
I love how you know this much about this stuff. If I ever become rich, I'm organising a get together where one event will be roleplaying.
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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2008, 11:17:39 am »
I love how you know this much about this stuff. If I ever become rich, I'm organising a get together where one event will be roleplaying.

Yet, do you participate in Shared Universe?  No, you do not.   :P

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Re: Gary Gygax passed away
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2008, 06:00:29 am »
I'd like to, but my random absences make me a untrustworthy player. This is why I haven't participated in any HS threads in a while either, I just lack the ability to see these things through. Sorry :(
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