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Gary C. Morris ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Hi. I would like to offer a few words for a man who may never get the adulation he deserves. I was deeply saddened when I read that Gary Gygax passed away, it was like losing a great friend even though I had never met the man. Mr. Gygax is responsible for many people developing an interest in history and literature.
As a child I performed poorly in all my school subjects. When a friend introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons, I started to read more and soon became the top reader in my school (other subjects...not so much, lol). Mr. Gygax also created a social circle for those of us who were outcasts and did not fit in with the  popular kids. Because of him I started a hobby in Living History which I enjoy very much. I would like to see the father of role playing get his memorial and the respect that he deserves (hopefully there will be a dragon on it...). Thanks, Gary!

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Christina Nail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
http://www.dinkydungeons.com

I first started playing D&D with the pink boxed set in 1981. I was the GM, my mother played an Elf, my father was a Warrior, and my grandmother rolled a Wizard. D&D eventually led me to computers and my current career as a programmer. Naturally, I married a gamer and I'm still playing today. I can't imagine where my life would be without D&D. I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you, Gary Gygax!

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Scott Stetson ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I have played D&D off and on since my childhood in the 70's. The world that Gary helped to create is a world that keeps me and my friends in touch and connected. The game allowed us a way to play indoors through the tabletop version, outdoors through imaginary play, and still online today even though we live in different states and countries. I play the Dungeons & Dragons Online game from Turbine, and we meet regularly at the Gary Gycax Memorial in game
to pay our respects.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Bill Krebs V ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I started playing D&D at the age of 7 in 1997 with 2nd Ed. This got me hooked into the whole role playing experience and helped me make friends amongst my fellow gamers. Since that first game I've joined with the SCA and some amateur LARP groups. I'm also working to get my Associates Degree in art for Simulation and Game design, to help spread the fun that Gygax created.

D&D also helped teach me about diversity and cooperation. Thank you Sir Gygax for bringing to life the realms of fantasy.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

cliff james ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Garys game had influenced me in alot of ways. I am an artist and a magician living in Ottawa Canada. i tell my sons stories about greyhawk. They have started playing themselves, I would like to show my respect and thank him for creating a world that is full of hope and wonder.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Shakeshift ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

There was nobody more influential in my life. I owe my career in writing and publishing to him, because he taught me how to use my imagination and how to create stories and adventures.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Anthony ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

The most fulfilling game i have ever played. This past summer i worked with his daughter Elise, at the Geneva Inn. (She's a very nice woman). Good luck with the memorial, when you guys get it up I'll there opening day to roll a d20 on it. (P.S. ive lived here 2 years and havent found a game, if you're hosting a game in the area let me know)

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Terry Belles ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I started playing D&D in 1980, and I have to say that after 30 years it is still as fun as it ever was. Not only did I learn many life skills like math, problem solving and social interaction from role playing, I have also met some of the best friends a person could ask for. I cannot imagine what I would be like if not for Gary and his gifts to the world. It warms my heart to know that so many other people still share and understand my continued devotion to this 'game' that my parents hoped I would outgrow. If growing up mean giving up D&D, then let me be a kid forever...

Thanks Gary!

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

CPT Joe Mullen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I think I went to Basic Training with Gary's son in 1989. But I wanted to add that if it werent for D&D, I would have never become interested in the arts, in literature, mythology, and all of the wonderful things that D&D introduces young minds to. I used to stay up for hours as a boy drawing my characters and  wondering what they would become. Eventually, that imagination led me to become interested in the military and I ewnlisted when I was 17 as an E-1 Private in the Army, Infantry. I remember meeting Private Gygax and he rolled his eyes and smiled when I
asked if he was the same guy, but he admitted he was and that he thought it was cool. Now I'm a Captain in the Infantry and have often wondered what sort of player I'd make these days. Maybe I'll start again.

Thanks Gary, and may God bless you and keep you, and watch over your family.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

John M. Tipton ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I got introduced to D&D by a friend back around 1981 and was learning how to DM a year later. We'd play with a single d20 and note paper while we walked around Kmart, presumably working. My first three characters died by dice rolls on bags of steer manure and shelving. Nowadays I have charts and books and all other sorts of things clumped on my table during a game, but my style hasn't change much. I still use Gary's old style which is make it fun, and change the rules to fit a world. It's one of the reasons I don't play 3.5 or any of those. I feel they've lost the flavor of the game which Gary built originally. Something I'll always miss, thinking I might have gotten to game with him if circumstances had been different. Not only was the gaming terrific, but it enlarged my circle of friends beyond just who I was used to. It still does to this day and for many years to come.
Thank you, Gary!

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

John Pettit ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
http://www.jpartwork.com

When I turned 13, my friend introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons. We were just kids playing a game that involved our imaginations - we barely understood the rules. For a kid who was barely a teenager, my imagination at the time was overflowing with stories of legends and myth like most kids my age. So D&D was the perfect opportunity to flex those thoughts. My mom even got involved in the game and enjoyed finding something the two of us could play together. As the years have progressed, I have attended dozens of gaming conventions across America because of my love for D&D. Through these conventions, I have met hundreds of new friends whom I am grateful to have.

The fellowship I have experienced of meeting so many new people, the wonderful stories my imagination has created for me, the terrific aspect of critical thinking situations in the game that sometime reflect real life situations (which sharpens my decision making), and the general concept of playing a game that demands more than just a board and a few plastic pieces all is a result of Gary Gygax's creation. Through his love and passion, millions of people around the world have benefited from him. Too many people throughout the years have had
so much prejudice to his game that yields only positive benefits, and his memory should be honored and not insulted.

I have  been playing Dungeons & Dragons now for 17 years, and I love it even more now than I did when I was 13. It is because of him and his game that my imagination remains still very vivid.

Just how many adults still use their imagination....or simply let it fade away?

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Andrew Gregory ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Dungeons and Dragons actually helped me get friends when I had none, and I still have those friends today, after years of gaming together. It helped me with my self esteem in a time of self doubt, and brought about a change in my life that I will never forget, regret, and charish forever. Thank you for so much Gary. You will be critically missed, always.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Henry Link ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Gary Gygax has been an influence to me since I was ten years of age; further, when I came to know him as an adult, he was always friendly, always approachable to his fans.

His work in role-playing games has given me countless hours of entertainment, given me inspiration in difficult times, and through the common interest of his games, has given me steadfast friends throughout my life. My Best Man and Groomsmen at my wedding I initially met through childhood games of Dungeons and Dragons.

"Papa G", as he was known, will always hold a special place in the heart of millions of men and women the world over. We'll miss you. If anyone deserves a memorial, it's you.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Gene Bauer ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Mr. Gygax is more than just a man and AD&D is more than just a game. AD&D inspires people to read, to learn and most importantly to IMAGINE. Mr. Gygax is a legend who will live in the hearts and minds of his devouted "followers" forever. I refuse to play the later editions of D&D out of loyalty and respect for this great man and great human being!

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Gareth Roberts ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I started playing this wonderful game called AD&D a long time ago (well ok 25 years ago). It spoke to the geek in me on so many levels and filled a deep hole in my young adult life. Most of what I am today is because of this game either directly or indirectly, I read avidly, watch fanatsy and sci-fi tv, play games, work in a youth club, and am forever young because of Gary and his creation. The friends and people that I have now are those that I introduced to the game over the last 25 years, and each and every one of them is precious to me. If anything Gary taught as all how to think and how to imagine a better world.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Brenton Brown ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I am a United States Marine, as well as an avid gamer. I can attribute it to the Sci-fi and fantasy books that I read while growing up. Among those books were several from G. Gygax. On the day he died, I erased my whiteboard and drew a flag at half mast. I then told my superiors that I was in mourning. Unfortunatly I was unable to get the day off.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Mark ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I wished I could of meet Gary Gygax. He was a great guy. When I went to Gary Con I last year Met Luke and everyone else. It felt like a family event. Missed it this year,but hope to goto next years. Gary made my life better and more fun. When was 15 and picked up my 1st AD&D book(it was great!) and still is today!

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Darren William Pearce ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
http://hellionsart.com

If it were not for Gary Gygax, I would not have met my future wife nor would I be in the job that I am doing currently. I work in the game design industry and the RPG industry because Gary inspired me to reach for that extra star. We also shared a couple of beers at EuroGencon, he was a fantastic guy and will always be sorely missed.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Tara Cheek ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I met my now husband in college and always called him a dork for playing D&D, until the day I saw a game in session. From that point on, I was hooked on the game and on him too. 7 years later, we now have two beautiful boys, Drizzt'an & Bregan who will be taught how Gary & Dave have changed the lives and of everyone who has picked up their books. The friendships and memories we have
made through gaming will last forever. D&D isn't only a game, it's an experience and one I will be proud to share with my children.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

James Apostolou ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

To tell you everything that D&D and Gary did for me is too numeorus to write. I did lots of things in High School, but the best thing i ever did was joining our school's chess/gaming club. It was 1995 and wrestling/football/ and thursday night Dungeons and Dragons. I made more friends and lasting friendships from
that one fateful day then just about anything else in my life. Two of my closest friends, I met from going to a Con. My best friend met his fiance through a meetup for gamers. She was moving from one city to another and posted she was looking to join a group in the area. I have other stories to heap upon that. My
little brother who failed history and math all his middle school years come his first year of high school did really well in mythology and percentages all of a sudden. Over the summer I let him game with me and some of my friends. My brother who served over seas its one of their favorite things to do to pass the
time. They play ball and D&D. I know for a fact if I had never rolled those dice that thursday almost 15 years ago. I never would have met half the people I call friend. Because of a man I only met twice I have a life time of memories. I just started a new gaming group and met 7 new people. People who never would have met if it was not for Gary and Dave.

Though I could never call you my DM you have always been my friend. Thank
You.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Stu O. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

The stories are too numerous to truly retell in a short form. Needless to say, I found great joy playing in Gary Gygax's world both as a youth, and even now as an adult. It filled the imagination with adventure and stirred emotions through harrowing chases, sinister plots, noble quests, sorrowing defeats, ultimate triumphs… and so much more.

I look forward to sharing these adventures with my 4-year old son in the coming years, and watching his world of imagination grow.

Thank you Gary for sharing your world.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Lou ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Gary’s efforts toward gaming were responsible for bringing imagination and intillectual pursuits into recreation in my world. These are marked improvements over the pursuits of my lineage, which hopefully will continue for generations to come. I taught all of my children how to play D&D at early ages and I always marveled at how it brought reading and basic math into the realm of great fun for them. Their reading skills dramatically improved and their vocabularies exploded as they eagerly  sought excitement and adventure while absorbing good  knowledge and skills along the way. D&D gave us a focal point for many hours of family fun along with lots of outside social activities. In the bigger picture, Gary Gygax has positively affected more people worldwide than most US Presidents
or world leaders. We all owe him a debt of grattitude greater than we will ever be able to express.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Martin Tideswell ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

It feels rather strange writing a thank you to someone who I never met but whose genius has enriched my life, and those of my nearest and dearest, for more than a quarter of a century. I've been playing D&D in its various forms for 27 years now. Gary Gygax unearthed the hero in all of us and challenged us to find the better part of ourselves. He may be gone but his legacy lives on in  millions of gamers like me all over the world. From Stoke-on-Trent, England, with many, many thanks.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

James Smith ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
http://underdarkgazette.blogspot.com/

If it wasn’t for Gary Gygax, I wouldn’t have met my closest friends. Or, my wife. Or, by extension, my son. I may never have investigated several fields of knowledge, which I was led to research for the purposes of running a D&D game. I may never have been inspired to write or create my blog. Or improve my communication skills. My life would have been so drastically different, that it’s almost discombobulating, to consider it.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Mikey ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
http://www.harrangueman.blogspot.com/

This is paraphrased from most post from when Gary passed on.

D&D saved me. I was a weird kid before D&D and, despite the press and the popular misconception of D&D as nothing but Geek jam, it made me less weird. It allowed me to explore entire worlds, make friends, and more importantly both have fun and dream. When I went through the HSC [Grade 12 exams] I boxed up all my gaming stuff and gave it to my mum to hide in her room so I wouldn't be distracted. But the urge was there and by the time I finished the exams I'd already stolen about 80% of it back.

D&D opened my eyes to the world of fantasy, authors in the trade, and made me want to write. Part of me still stabs at the odd project here and there and maybe one day I will actually have written something worthy of a publisher's time.

I've had games of D&D where I've struggled to breathe they were so funny. Or games where a beloved character bit the farm and you end up with a lump in your throat and a sadness in your heart because the fun you had with that role was ended. But there is of course always a new character.

Except there's no new Gary Gygax. He's gone. He was the ultimate gamer. A man who believed his hobby was going places and ended up quitting his day job to write, earning bread and butter money by fixing other people's shoes in his basement.

His passing saddens me. And I wish I'd met him in real life so I could tell him that a game he helped create had a massive impact on my life for the better...

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Jason ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

The legacy of Gary Gygax is felt in some of todays leading forms of media and entertainment. He changed the world we live in today. More importantly, he expanded my ability to think, read, learn and socialize and for this I will always be grateful to him and his legacy. Thank you Gary.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Dan Cross ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Gary's creations inspired me to learn enough math, history, writing, and critical thinking to play his games. It's not just Dungeons and Dragons, but the whole idea of role-playing games that was revolutionary, and generated countless spinoff forms of  entertainment. There is no doubt our generation's entertainment
(Gen X and beyond) was extremely influenced by Gary.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Andrew Cowie

Heck, I've written this before, but I'll do it as often as it takes if it will get Gary the respect he deserves.

D&D encouraged me to think for myself, to socialize, to read non-fiction because I wanted to.

The skills I have learnt through managing small groups built my confidence as a geeky teenager. It helped me with numeracy and building essays and arguments. I'm a respected family physician now, and I'm proud to teach my two sons, and run games of D&D at the local store.

Thank you, Gary.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Tahsin Shamma ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I think if it weren't for D&D, I would have gone through high-school without a forum to make any friends at all. By virtue of having to be the Dungeon Master because I was the one trying to organize the game, I've learned an immense array of leadership skills and team-building skills which have helped me still to this day in a professional capacity. Some people had little league. I had D&D.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Nicolas Vinson ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I just wanted to say that D&D really helped me open up to the world, meet new people that are now my friends. It encouraged me to speak in public, it improved my imagination and ability to think fast.

All of that, in a way, I owe to Gary Gygax.

I'd like to convey my condolences to his family while I have the tribune. I would also like to think that this memorial will help people understand that roleplaying games are not evil, au  contraire.

Rest In Peace, Gary Gygax, and thank you for all the joy you brought to this plane.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Greg Martin

I can't find any way of offering suggestions so I'll post it here.

I certainly hope the bronze sculpture is more than just a bust. It would seem fitting if he was at a table (that vistors could sit at and even play D&D) playing the role of a Dungeon Master in the process of rolling dice with the dice just about to leave his hand with a look of happy expectation on his face.

A memorial to Gary should actively remind people of the joy he has brought to so many.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Len
http://www.eastmidlandsroleplayers.org.uk/

Every time any of us plays any character in any campaign in any part of the world, our joint debt to the great man increases slightly. The world has indeed lost a great man, but still retains his great work so long as we still play our part. May your legacy live on. May the young gamers and also those yet to find the game enjoy the fruits of your labours just as we have done.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Francisco Miranda ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Growing up with Mr. Gygax's D&D allowed me to build the best friendships of my life, learn English, develop my imagination and creativity, and have the most fun I've ever had in my life.

D&D is so a profound part of my life since my childhood, that I simply cannot imagine my life without it.

I just wouldn't be me.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Richard Moore

The game that Gary created allowed me to tell wonderful stories with my friends - some of them dreams that were years in the making. I'm forever grateful to Mr. Gygax for leaving a legacy that has brought people together, and introduced me to some of my best friends. This monument should be built as a testament to
American ingenuity: a world-famous game born right here in the USA, a game that spawned an industry and following which has had a very real impact on our culture.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Pete D'Amica ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Gary Gygax saved my life and the lives of my friends.

Growing up, my friends and I were dirt poor, often on the wrong side of the law, and ignored by the institutions set up to help youths along in life. We were bitter and angry (like many youths are in those circumstances). The normal outlets for our peers were drugs, sex, and violence. I admit that I was not an angel.
But I tried to live as best as I could. My friends and I read a lot. Our grades were much better than most of our peers' were. And unlike most of the youths in our neighborhoods, our mothers knew where we were at night - upstairs in the attic playing  Dungeons and Dragons. D&D was what made us start reading
more. It helped our grades significantly. The moral compass in the system, a.k.a. alignment, however cheesy, actually gave us a sense of right and wrong. It taught us that the few could stand against overwhelming odds and triumph. It taught us teamwork. And most importantly, it gave us a playground for our imaginations, and I honestly believe that a child with an outlet for his or her imagination will do much better in life than those without.

I know this sounds melodramatic, perhaps even silly, but it is true. Gary Gygax's vision helped us care about history, math, and science. It kept us socializing in a healthy manner (unlike my peers). And most of all, it kept us out of trouble most of the time. So many nights we ditched parties to game, and the next day we would hear about trouble with the cops or an outbreak of ultra-violence at said party.

So yes, in my book Gary Gygax saved my life and the lives of my best friends. We are not in jail. We are not dead. We are not homeless. We are high school and college graduates that still love to game, still love to read and learn, and most of all... our wives/girlfriends still know where we are at night on the weekends. We survived our rough childhoods. And yes, I believe that D&D had a HUGE part in that.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Malcolm Wolter ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Gary Gygax gave the world an inestimable gift: a wholly new way to *participate* in a myth. Since time immemorial, people have used ritual, chant and song to glimpse the Invisible World; Gygax provided a path and doorway straight into it. For those of us lucky enough to have entered therein, he is a Titan--a  modernday Prometheus whose fire-gift will continue to burn, imperishable, far beyond our years.

Thanks, Gary, for more than three decades of mystery,  adventure, and magic. Although we never met, you single-handedly instilled in me a love of learning (of worlds both seen and unseen) like no other teacher ever has or could. It is a debt I will never be able to repay.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Scott Shuey ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

The impact that Dungeons and Dragons has had on my life over the last 31 years is impossible to detail in a short post, but first and foremost it is the reason that I have the fantastic friends, or rather kindred spirits, that I do. Secondly, my considerable time spent around the gaming table has been the best days of my
life. I was married in 2008 and my group took some time off to prepare for the wedding. During that time, I realized how much the game with the funny dice means to me.

To this day, I still play AD&D (1st edition) and it is still my favorite version. I guess when a master makes a masterpiece, everything else is just and imitation.

Thanks Gary! We all miss you.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Robert Ludden ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
http://www.warhorn.net/OhioDragonSlayers

I came to DnD late in life shortly after Desert Storm '91. I played for a few years and enjoyed version 2.0 to 3.5. I eventually grew out of the game to discover it again with the introduction of 4.0 at GenCon '08. I wanted to continue playing but was unable to find a group back in my home town so my wife and I decided to start a RPGA group.

Well I just got home from judging at DDXP in Fort Wayne, IN. I was able to talk to several influtential people in the gaming community and without Gary Gygax's contribution, I would have never had this opportunity and I than him for that.

 

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Tim

First time I played an RPG, it was AD&D, and my party was holding a bridge against Orcs using Roman legion tactics. I was hooked from then on.

I've always been a great reader, but the RPGs helped me learn to deal with other people around me in a positive way. And it helped me find a community that wouldn't judge me for what I looked like, instead judging me by my dice rolls (which are awesome btw).

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Mike

Hi Guys, UK here. Definitely echo comments in #12 regarding funds, openness and finding this site by fluke.
Can't top all the other positive recommendations. I'm a dad now bringing AD&D to his enthralled kids. All of the sudden, they want to be in, together, with me, without the electronic stuff. We talk. Its great. THANKS.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Hugh M.

In January of 1976, My Older Brother finally allowed his little brother (at the direction of our mother) to join him and his friends in playing the game they had been playing for months. I have never looked back from there and continued to play both at home and when stationed in Germany. I cannot remember a time when I did not know the names of Gygax and Arneson. I still have the little brown paperback books that we used back then. In fact I have several boxes of D&D and the Dragon that I have collected/read over the years. I have played too many other gaming systems to mention, from board games through electronic, but have always returned to D&D. I have kids of my own now and have made it a point to introduce D&D and gaming in general to them. They routinely have to suffer through old gamer stories. However, it was a nice flashback for me, the day my teenage son invited (without prompting from me) his 8yr old brother to join a D&D game that I was DM'ing for his friends. I met Gary several years ago at one of the only GenCons I have ever been able to attend and will always happily remember that day. Thank you Gary for making the world a brighter place with your efforts in adventure and for sharing your imagination with us all.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Forest Ray

I do not have words to tell people how much Gary and D&D has effected my life for the better. It was D&D that helped me through hard time after a accident by giving me something to wrap my mind around and have something to do when friends stopped by. I met Gary many years ago at Gen Con and had the chance to thank him for how D&D helped get past some bad times. I still play today and will continue to do so.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Chris

Guys, I would very much like to donate, but the state of the website leaves me clueless as to any news/updates or the current $ amount of donations-so-far. I highly recommend that you go about this much more like how the Detroit Robocop statue is being manifested. I am certain that if you do this process 'better' you'll get an overwhelming response. The community of pen/paper and PC gamers out there who owe SO much to Gary is absolutely massive, and yet I only heard about this today (March 2011) for the first time, and only on a fluke. I think that a big problem might be that many folks come here to get involved but find a creaky webpage and very little (hardly any, really) information.
Please kick it into gear and I think this will really blossom.
Detroit Robocop gathered $65k+ in less than a month, and I think we can do at least half as well for Gary. I think you could make a really grand and spectacular D&D themed statue of/for him (I'm picturing him in full Magic-User regalia, complete with scrolls, tomes, and Companion/Familiar around him!) rather than just a small bust of him. Check out the Robocop site and make some big changes here - please. I think the community will lavish this project with a wonderful response!

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Jim

My whole life since I was ten years old has been devoted to this hobby called Fantasy Role-Playing. I can still remember 1981, and perusing the strange tome known as the monster manual, with eyes agape and a portal to an adventurous world had opened.

I remember sci-fi and other genres seem to fall in second or third place in my mind from then on.

Gary gave me many words of encouragement through an email, and I never have forgotten them. Since that email I was delighted and thoroughly elated to know that the man that brought me my favorite books and hobby was a dear and genuine human being. In saying that, I consider him to be my biggest hero next to my mom and papa.

I surely hope I can visit Lake Geneva one day and to witness this statue and to be able to crack open one of his famous books while sitting in the park.

The night we found out that Gary had passed away, we were all playing D&D. As much as I really wanted to mourn, I decided to stay cheerful and acknowledge his entrance to a greater world. I hope to explore that world one day and to meet the late great Gary Gygax.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Tracey

The year was 1985 and I played D&D for the first time. Our adventuring group, made primarily of high school boys (except me, the sole girl of the group), was supposed to get info from a shopkeeper. They threatened, he responded by pulling a blunderbus from beneath the counter.

"Please sir!" I exclaimed, "I'm sorry for my friends. We just came for some information--we need to know about..." whatever it was.

The shopkeeper looked at the group, and me, and lowered the blunderbus, and told us what we needed to know.

And just like that, my world changed. Though fond of acting, I was shy in social interactions and had never before opened my mouth, said something, and affected the outcome of any given situation. In short, I was hooked.

Playing D&D over the years has cemented my knowledge of myths, strengthened my interest in literature, taught me map-reading, and provided thousands of hours of social interaction, leadership training, and team-building I might never have had the opportunity for otherwise.

I am both a writer and an academic, teaching English composition and literature, and believe much of my success at the front of the classroom comes from my gaming experiences.

I have been a roleplaying gamer for over 25 years now. I met my husband through D&D; our characters fell in love and then we did. He asked me to marry him at GenCon in 2007.

Gary Gygax changed my life for the better. I am proud that I took the chance to shake his hand and tell him so at that same GenCon where I got engaged.

Thank you, Mr. Gygax, for all that you did for gamers everywhere.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Thomas F

I found this site just recently and thought it would be helpful for those close to Mr. Gygax as to how much just another person was so influenced by his accomplishments. The D&D and AD&D game as it was conceived was such a dynamic, well-though out game that could handle just about any eventuality one could think of. Thi likely came from Mr. Gygax's unique background and abilities, and the ability to collaborate with many at conventions and in other relationships. The result is a game is amazing, fun, and immersive. The gams also was accompanied with a lot of collateral benefits I did not realize until later (the classic "head fake" much lke sports): enhanced reading and writing skills, love of literature, far-improved imagination, patience and planning, teamwork, encouragement of out-of-the-box thinking, etc. As DM (or as a player group leader) the ability to organize and lead a room of peers, ability to articulate and explain various situations in an oratory fashion, succintly and effectively describe a random scenario, etc.

I can also tell you that my grandfather (who passed in 2002) was the main man responsible for a *huge* chunk of the D&D and AD&D sales in its heyday. He ran (VP) the Sears and Roebuck catalog and retail store's toy division. He worked out of Chicago at The Sears Tower. He met with all kinds of suppliers (including TSR), and he mentioned to me that he was always getting bombarded with corporate and politically-correct concerns with the more bleeding-edge toys and games he ordered & sold. He started the box and book sales of D&D and AD&D that amounted to thousands and thousands of copies sold around the

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Ralph Grubbs

I grew up very poor in a public housing project. Dungeons & Dragons opened my eyes and my life to more than the drugs, crime, and hopelessness around me. Gary Gygax lead the way, we all followed and we still follow.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Ricky

I would like to thank Gary for opening my imagination. I had always liked Console RPGs and that sparked my imagination. However it was Gary's work that really allowed me to channel my creativity and helped me learn how to think outside the box both in and out of the game.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Chris Whittle

I would like to thank Gary for giving me a chance to socialize and have fun. I have had a great time being able to use my imagination. Without Dungeons and Dragons, I wouldn't be same. Thanks Gary for changing my life for the better.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Troy Small

I was 10, I had $10 to spend and was wandering around the toy section in Target, I somehow ended up with the old boxed set in my hand...Being not much of a reader at the time the book of rules was intimidating to start...But I was up past midnight reading the rules, I read the whole book the day I got it...That was 30 years ago, and I still play the D&D today, sometimes with my 5 and 6 year old girls, that both love the game and love the cartoons as well. Thanks to Arneson and Gygax, there has been countless hours spent creating worlds and adventures for my players to explore...I love the game, and plan on attending my 1st GenCon this year, to celebrate 30 yrs of gaming

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

 

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