I know I’m late to the table with this but I’d hve to remit my geek card if I didn’t mention the passing of one of the true creative geniuses of our time Gary Gygax. If your not a hardcore geek you may not have ever heard of Mr. Gygax but he was one of the creators of Dungeons & Dragons. D&D was a huge influence on me growing up, it helped me to expand my imagination and to fuel my love of reading. The neighborhood I grew up in was not a hot spot of social activity so we had to be creative in our ways to amuse ourselves. Sure we had G.I. Joe and Transformers but you couldn’t spend all afternoon plotting to take over the world as Cobra Commander or Megatron or devising plans to conquer Castle Greyskull as Skeletor, we longed for something more. I think my first exposure to D&D came when my friend Donnie moved into the neighborhood and mentioned playing it or maybe it was my friend Ryan, regardless I was intrigued by the idea of playing a game with no board, no pieces just paper and dice. It was confusing at first and of course we had all heard the rumors that D&D players were all Satanists and if you played D&D you’d go to Hell but screw it I was thirteen I didn’t care. From that first game I was hooked, I could see my hearty band of adventurers creeping down dark, musty hallways in search of treasure. Then I discovered that they also made comics and books of these wonderful mystical worlds, well I had to read them! I had to know what the best way was to fight a dragon or how to fight off a hoard of marauding goblins! I can’t tell you how many hours I spent creating characters, roaming dungeons and more importantly just hanging out with my friends. We would spend nights staying up as late as we could trying to just finish the module. Even now, many years later D&D still influences my life, just recently there was a world Dungeons & Dragons day and I had the honor of introducing my nephew to it. He, like me was enthralled and by the game Mr. Gygax created. In a world of high tech toys and video games, the fact that paper and dice can still captivate people is amazing. For that Mr. Gygax I thank you.
Who wants to live forever?