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Dav Yaginuma

Chicken John, our erstwhile candidate for Mayor in the city of Art and Innovation, sent out a nice email about this:

Of all the people who contributed to the culture
that made you who you are and championed the idea that you can do
anything, be anything and do anything any way you want to however you
can think it up... Gary Gygax wrote the
book. Literally. He wrote the Dungeon Masters Guide, the greatest book
ever written. Human nature, science, play, stats, history, geography,
logistics and encumbrance... hit points, armor class, fantasy colliding
with fact to make it all so real you just got swept away and actually
forgot that you were a teenage idiot with no way out. Gary Gygax
saved more lives than pennacillian. When I was 10, he was 39. He knew
he was writing a book for 10 year olds... but never talked down to us.
He was the only adult presence in my life from the time I was 10 to the
time I was like 15 that didn't preach, did'nt talk down and didn't have
any parameters. 
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
may be the butt end of the joke to some of you, but to others who
understand you are taking a moment right now to remember the magic
missle, the basalik and the mirror trick, White Plume Mountain, The
Lich from Tomb of Horrors, Loth and the spider minions, Fonnakin
Hoddypeak and astral projection. 
Gary Gygax
should win a Nobel Peace Prize. Either Obama or Clinton should
recognize his death... and cinch the nomination. Gary had more fans
than Jesus, likely. And no enemies. I am truly saddened that his life
was so short, but I'm sure it was fuller than anything I can imagine. I
have always wanted to meet him. Life is simply too short. 

Note that his audience for this was the real heart of the local artist community (ie, the people who created Burning Man, not the people who go there now), but it applies equally well to many of the outcast computer nrrrds who made up that first wave of the the Internet splash. Mr Gygax, I salute you!

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