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Failed His Saving Throw

March 5th, 2008

Okay, I know that I’m a day late on this, but yesterday was a bit hectic. And I’m sure that everyone in the gaming community already has made the above joke about the death of E. Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, but come on, it’s just too tempting.

I never met the man, and I can’t say that I know anything about him on a personal level. I do know that after control of the game was wrested away from him, he tried but failed to catch a lightning bolt in an oil flask a second time.

Still, there’s no denying that he had a massive impact on pop culture. Time’s TV critic James Poniewozik did an excellent piece regarding his influence. I haven’t seen the episode of Freaks and Geeks that he references, but he makes a good case that the foundations of Gygax’s concept continue to inform the long-term storytelling we see in series such as Lost.

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