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I've been struggling with how to properly pay my respects to someone I never met in person, but that had such a tremendous impact on my life.

I've looked at all the various tributes and cartoons, and I've heard the stories about people getting together in WoW and City of Heroes (and even City of Villains), setting aside their weapons and talking about what a huge effect Gary Gygax and D&D had on their lives.

3 days later, I'm still at a loss for words. You know, how to really express how unbelievably sad this makes me.

But I have figured out a fitting tribute... in three parts.

The first one is fairly obvious. Selling the D&D collection is pretty much out of the question now.

The second one makes perfect sense to me.  Heroic Adventure! would have never existed if not for Gary Gygax. So, from this point forward I am dedicating it to Gary Gygax.  The next build you see (um... eventually) will feature his name on the title screen.  (edit: This one is done, although not checked in to source control yet. Check out the screenshot. The stalactites and stalagmites are new too, and... wait for it... randomly generated.  I love it.)

The third part might take a little while to work out the details, but I'm adding a new creature "The Gygax" to HA! in the form of a wise old man, later in the game. He'll be a pretty key part of the unfolding storyline. I thought about making him a monster, because honestly I think he'd appreciate the untold thousands of horrific ends that would await him, but I'm pretty happy with my decision.

So thank you again Gary, for D&D and the D&D Cartoon and for (decades later) Heroic Adventure!  It sucks that you're gone, but your work and the effect it had lives on through millions of people. Posted on Friday, March 7, 2008 10:55 AM Game Development , General Interest , Heroic Adventure! | Back to top


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