and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game
Dungeons & Dragons
(D&D) with Dave Arneson
. Gygax is generally acknowledged as the father of role-playing games.
In the 1960s, Gygax created an organization of wargaming clubs and founded the Gen Con
. In 1971, he helped develop Chainmail
, a miniatures wargame based on medieval warfare. He co-founded the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR, Inc.) with childhood friend Don Kaye
Hello Fry, it's a ... [stops mid-sentence, throws two ten sided dice] pleasure to meet you.
The idea that a game is anything more than a game… You know, there are people who are basically unbalanced who are going to misuse a game and have bad results. If a golfer who insists on playing during a lightning storm gets hit by a stroke of lightning and is killed nobody says, 'There's golfers dying by the droves being hit by lightning!' You can overdo what you really like, and if you're unbalanced you go overboard.
The books I write because I want to read them, the games because I want to play them, and stories I tell because I find them exciting personally.
I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with everybody else.