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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Gary Gygax Day 2019

Gary Gygax  (July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008)

Celebrate Gary Gygax Day 2019! Remember the co-author of the original Dungeons & Dragons game.

Here are some other posts that do just that!

Who Wrote It? Immanuel Kant or Gary Gygax? The was written about a month ago, but is very apropos for Gary's Birthday! Number a paper from 1 to 20 and scroll slowly down the page picking your answers, then scroll the rest of the way to see the answers and how you did.

Roll A D20 Today, Happy Gary Gygax Day 2019

Gary Gygax Day 2019 at Round Table Games

Gary Gygax Day July 27th 

Celebrate Gary Gygax Day with a Dungeons and Dragons Charity Stream

Gary Gygax Day!

Happy Gary Gygax Day!

Happy Gygax Day!

E. Gary Gygax Day

Happy Gary Gygax Day 2019!

I still remember the first time I ever played Dungeons & Dragons (September 12, 1975). A new friend of mine brought the game to college with him and that Friday night about 5 PM we started off with a referee and 12 players (6 women and 6 men) and we played until about 2 AM. I went through 6 characters that night, all fighting-men and had a blast being the "stand in the gap guy" trying to give the others a chance to escape. I was hooked, this was the most fun game I had ever played, since I was a kid and we made our own bows, arrows and spears playing Indians (back in the 1960's) fighting the cowboys, settlers and soldiers. Yeah, we played the Indians as the good guys, they were more fun.

In a month or so, I was refereeing and then I was even more hooked. I found out that I like running the games even more than playing. So a big thanks to Dave Arneson & Gary Gygax the authors of D&D! Some people honor them by playing in Blackmoor or Greyhawk. I honor them by creating and playing in my own worlds and thanking them for their inspiration.

Today we Honor Gary and later in the year we Honor Dave. Neither one of them ever played the original D&D BtB and that is the example I follow. The "rules" are really "guidelines" and you can play for hours without ever glancing at the rule books once you are familiar with them. If you have never tried that, give it a whirl, and play like they did in the early days. Some of us still do and always will.


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