Gary Gygax


Born
in Chicago, The United States
July 27, 1938

Died
March 04, 2008

Genre

Influences


Ernest Gary Gygax was an American writer and game designer, best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson in 1974, and co-founding the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR, Inc.) with Don Kaye in 1973.

After leaving TSR, Gygax continued to author role-playing game titles independently, including another gaming system called Lejendary Adventure.

Gygax is generally acknowledged as one of the fathers of the tabletop role-playing game.
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Oriental Adventures

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Tomb of Horrors

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“Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.”
Gary Gygax

“The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules.”
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“You are not entering this world in the usual manner, for you are setting forth to be a Dungeon Master. Certainly there are stout fighters, mighty magic-users, wily thieves, and courageous clerics who will make their mark in the magical lands of D&D adventure. You however, are above even the greatest of these, for as DM you are to become the Shaper of the Cosmos. It is you who will give form and content to the all the universe. You will breathe life into the stillness, giving meaning and purpose to all the actions which are to follow.”
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It's about time to identify obscure Sword & Sorcery books... one's that are worth hunting down in bookstores and frantic online searches. This may lead to a groupread in the future. Years ago we did this a bunch of us read Cambell's Ryre stories. This is not the time/pace to pimp new books. Please write-in some options and/or vote

 
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Oron by David C. Smith Oron by David C. Smith (write-in)
 
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The Bane of Kanthos by Alex Dain The Bane of Kanthos (The Chronicles of the Gates, #1) by Alex Dain
 
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The Sorcerer's Shadow by David C. Smith (write-in)
 
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Monument by Ian Graham Monument by Ian Graham (write-in)
 
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The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
 
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