It’s GM’s Day this week, which has—unsurprisingly—got me thinking about Gary Gygax, and how much I owe him. I’ve been gaming for 35 years, and roleplaying games have been one of the main parts of my life since I discovered them at the age of ten in my grandfather’s cellar. How the world turns.
If Gary hadn’t invented roleplaying games and if my cousin had seen the Basic boxed set on my father’s bookshelf I might never have become a gamer. Gaming has become a central part of my life, and a massive part of who I am. I owe Gary a great debt.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Gary Gygax has had a profound impact on my life. In fact, except for family members, I think he’s had more influence on my life than anyone else.
Gary, along with Dave Arneson, invented roleplaying games. The gaming world would almost certainly be vastly different without that invention. My life would also be totally different—and I doubt it would be better. I’ve blogged previously about What Gaming Has Done For Me, so I don’t want to re-hash that post again, but what I do want to say is:
Your invention made my life better and richer. You helped me find life-long friends and a career I love. Thank you, Gary.
Tonight I raise a glass of my finest Lagavulin in your honour.
What Did Gary Do For You?
What did Gary do for you? Let me know, in the comments below.