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The Fall of Xagyg

03.05.08 | 1 Comment

Gary Gigax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons (which was the font from which all other role-playing games flowed), has died at age 69.

Believe it or not, back in the early 80s I was a huge geek, and Dungeons & Dragons was one of my main vices. Since I was also painfully shy, I spent a lot more time reading the sourcebooks and Dragon magazine than I did actually getting together and playing. In many ways, being brave and powerful in a game made up for some of the deficiencies in my real life, although I never went overboard like some of my friends, whose characters tended to be omnipotent and indestructable.

With the arrival of advanced computer games in the 90s, and massively multiplayer online games in the last ten years, I would guess that good old-fashioned role-playing is dying out. Much like Saturday morning cartoons, it turned out to be only a brief moment, never forgotten by those who were there, but difficult to understand for those who weren’t. Kind of like a Rick Springfield concert.

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