E. Gary Gygax! It’s the 30th anniversary of the creation of Dungeons & Dragons!
D&D has reached the age where it’s o.k. to talk about in public. Heck, there’s nothing about the anniversary on the WotC site. I found out about it via the semi-respectable BBC NEWS (via Slashdot and others).
But what self-respecting geek can ignore the birthday of the Mother of All Role-Playing Games? I certainly can’t. Without D&D, I might not have met my wife!
Our language revolves around an assortment of catchphrases from D&D sessions. One of our favorite expletives is simply saying “E. Gary Gygax!” in shock and dismay. One of the first things we taught our son to say was “Fireball!” I don’t know what we’d substitute for “Got any artifacts and/or relics laying around?” or “Throw food!” or “Doorknob!” or “Hey, hot knees…”
Our characters were so distinct and fun that we can still see them. Like characters from a movie, we remember Charmian, Domino, Elessar, Gambit, Krespin, Sulamon, Sarek, Ooshka, Nikon… and their adventures in Greyhawk and our own fantasy worlds. Without D&D, Ric the Schmuck wouldn’t be who he is. And, of course, instead of Solonor, I’d be stuck using my real name. Ick.
There’s a site called the Dungeons & Dragons Archive that has pictures of the original books and modules. I think Grump has a copy of the original 3-volume set that I’m going to steal and sell on eBay for millions. Just glancing through these pages brings back memories of The Keep on the Borderlands (one of our first adventures), Ravenloft, The Temple of Elemental Evil and Expedition to the Barrier Peaks.
Thank you to the creative minds in the D&D Timeline: Mr. Gygax and Dave Arneson and Jeff Perren (who wrote the rules for the tabletop miniatures game Chainmail) and Don Kaye (who helped launch TSR and publish D&D in 1974).