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RIP David Arneson
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Dave Arneson, co-creator of D&D, dies at 61
(thanks to dance_shiva for the link

It's amazing to think how much of my life was shaped by my discovery of D&D. How many people I met because of it... how many other things I got involved in because of it.

Arguably, my wife and most of my friends I met because of gaming, or because of other activities that I started because some of my gamer friends got me involved. D&D and other tabletop games led to LARP, which is still a major hobby for me.

Hell, D&D led me to SF&F fandom and medieval recreation (which is where I met monsteralice), and that led me to magick and Paganism. Take that, Jack Chick!

And I still remember the authors I discovered because of the list in the back of the AD&D DM's guide- including Tim Powers, John Bellairs, and Jack Vance. For that matter, IIRC, that was where I found the first mention of Isaac Bonewits' "Real Magic"- a book which turned my head upside down in the best possible way.

Even more fundamentally, D&D and its ilk gave me my first real social circle- people who I could understand and could understand me; people who I could be friends with. Middle school and most of high school was a hellish wasteland for me; I literally had no friends... outside of the people I gamed with.

From the article:
"The biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life," [Arneson's daughter] Weinhagen said. "I think we get distracted by the everyday things you have to do in life and we forget to enjoy life and have fun.

"But my dad never did," she said. "He just wanted people to have fun.


Not a bad goal to have for your life...

ETA: Another tribute...

So...

Thanks for D&D, Dave and Gary. It did me a world of good.

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I totally agree. I can't imagine what I'd be doing now if I hadn't first discovered D&D in 1977. Time, probably.

I met him at a con in Philly years ago. Very nice guy.

Yep. Originally, I only played D&D b/c my boyfriend did and I could stay out until 3 AM without getting into trouble. Then Mom got wind of "Mazes & Monsters" and said no more D&D. So I started playing "Call of Cthulhu" and she let me stay out again...which makes everyone smile when they hear about it. :)

I probably wouldn't have met the_smith_e if it hadn't been for talking gaming with the friend I met him through. We all got together to play "Over the Edge" and the rest is history....

Thank you, David and Gary.

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