I just learned a little while ago that Gary Gygax has died. Now I've not been an avid RPG player and I haven't played pen and paper DnD/RPG's in close to 10 years, but this news has almost brought me to tears.
It's not because I was close to him or even knew him. For me the feeling is more of what I PERCEIVED about Gygax. This man who co-founded pen and paper role playing was instrumental in the way board games and video games progressed over the past 30 years.
I'm not saying that without him there wouldn't have been progressions in RPG's, but because of him this type of gaming is much more prolific in the world.
So to his family and friends, who I am certain are hurting, my condolences. But as I read in another forum, "He's gone to help God create New World's somewhere else."