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  1. secondhand_rick
    secondhand_rick March 4, 2008 at 7:10 pm |

    Gygax-bashing was pretty fashionable for a while.

    I never met the chap myself, but I once read his book on role-playing which provided some interesting insight into the chap. As far as I can see his only real ‘sin’ was that he thought of role-playing as something you could win. You know, like, a game?

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  2. theoclarke
    theoclarke March 4, 2008 at 10:55 pm |

    Like you, I first met him at Gamesfair and subsequently at various TSR things. As Rick says, there was a lot of hostility towards him in the eighties especially after the corporate turmoil in TSR. By and large, however, gamers lost sight of him as an active figure in the 1990s. Whatever the merits of his business dealings and whatever the scale of his participation with his partners, he undoubtedly transformed hobby gaming and, arguably, laid the groundwork for much of today’s fantasy industry.

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  3. floralaetifica
    floralaetifica March 5, 2008 at 5:21 am |

    Oh, no no no. Was he young, or am I old?

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin March 5, 2008 at 7:54 am |

      He was 69, so too young to die really. He had an inoperable aortic aneurysm.

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