Yep, March 4th is GMs Day, a remembrance of the passing of Gary Gygax. I remember Gary's passing, or at least my learning of it, quite clearly. I was at work, at my desk, and one of the tabs I had open had the Troll Lord Games Castles & Crusades forums. I refreshed the page and saw a new thread. Gary Gygax had passed. It hit me right in the gut. My son's mother had passed a month and a day prior and all of the emotions came back. I had never met Gary in person but we had conversed on the interwebs, and he had been nothing but a gentleman in our exchanges. Now, I'd never get to take the man up on his invite to play games on his back porch. Never get to shake his hand and thank him for the influence his games had on me becoming the man I had become.
It seems like yesterday and an eternity at the same time.
If it weren't for Gary it's likely our hobby would never exist. Scary thought, that. Gary, I owe you much. Not just from the direct joy of gaming, but the problem solving and social skills that roleplaying gave me.
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