Thursday, April 9, 2009

R.I.P. Dave Arneson.

I'm sure Swinebread would like to pay tribute to Dave Arneson, co-founder of Dungeons and Dragons. Anybody who has rolled a die that had fewer or more than six sides owes that guy a debt of gratitude.

I love that he, along with the late Gary Gygax, as adults had such pronounced imaginations that they still could come up with their wonderful worlds. It's an astounding thing when you think about it. The imagination seems to be the first thing to go as you get older.

Thank you and rest in peace, Dave.

- Dean Wormer

EDIT: I just want to add that it was very sad to hear that Dave is gone, he had been ill for a while but it still comes as a shock. I always considered Dave to be the Jack Kirby of roleplaying (with Gary Gygax as Stan Lee) but fortunately he received his due before he died. Thanks for sharing your wonderful imagination Mr. Arneson. You will be missed.



Steve said...

the headline I read somewhere today was "Dave lost his last save roll" which I thought was appropriate

Arkonbey said...

Seems that Mr. Arneson was Bill Alexander to Gary Gygax's Bob Ross.

Except that Gary actually had talent.

Don Snabulus said...

The saving throw for some kinds of cancer is 21. RIP Dave. Good game.

ladybug said...

Thanks for the info! He sounds like a really interesting guy, I hope there will be more info out about his contributions to D&D as well!

Randal Graves said...

Time to go home and do some d4 assassin action.