Farewell, Gary Gygax: A Jedi Leaves Us

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In summary, the death of Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax has sparked witty comments and references all over the internet. Some have compared his passing to the moment when Vader struck down Obi Wan in Star Wars. Others have paid tribute through comic strips and articles, while some have shared their own personal memories of playing RPGs as kids. Despite the time "wasted" in Gygax's universe, many are grateful for the memories and experiences gained through playing his games. Rest in peace, Gary Gygax.
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Looks like he failed his Saving Throw vs. Death.

That's why I keep telling people NOT to neglect their Constitution.
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Memorial edition of http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0536.html" .
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As if anyone was in any doubt that I am a colossal nerd, I played just about every role playing game when I was a kid, from Basic: D&D to Runequest, to Paranoia, and Traveller. You name it I probably played it. I even bought the figures back when they only existed in speciality shops as a kid, Things That Go Bump in the Night was the company name (long since perished). Ah the memories, lining up skeleton hordes and having them fight to the death. Re-enacting the movie aliens as Corporal Hicks, in the quite obviously simillar RPG. Ah marvellous, wasn't it.

Shame, a great deal of time wasted in that man's Universe as youngen.
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So long Gary Gygax, and thanks for all the good memories.
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Schrodinger's Dog said:
Shame, a great deal of time wasted in that man's Universe as youngen.

In a large way, youth is about wasting time; that is one way you learn.
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Jacta est alea.
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Okay, this one is good: http://xkcd.com/393/" .

And http://www.theonion.com/content/amvo/dungeons_amp_dragons_creator_dies" .
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An amusing http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/03/09/opinion/09opart2.ready.html" from NY Times.
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