Gary Gygax Memorial Fund Receives Financial Shot in the Arm from Wizards of the Coast

Gary_GygaxThis might not be relevant to all of you, but I can certainly attest that an early diet of Dungeons & Dragons pointed me toward a rabbit hole of crypto-creatures, occultism, secret societies and forbidden history – all of the things that the Evangelical nutjobs warned me about, really. This crazy game with no board and weirdly shaped dice was a source of great comfort and enthusiasm for me during a rough childhood, so I feel like I owe its late founder Gary Gygax my gratitude. (Gygax – it even sounds like a fantasy monster: “The Gygax strikes your paladin with a ray of adolescent ostracism. Roll a Saving Throw versus Gateway Geekery or spend your summer holed up in a room reading dog-eared fantasy novels and painting lead miniatures. Minus two Charisma to Opposite Sex until college.”)

I know from the comment section that some of you hail from the same kinds of after-school meet-ups and dingy basements that are the natural habitue of gamers, so I thought you’d like to know that fundraising efforts for the Gary Gygax Memorial planned for Lake Geneva, WI just got a shot in the arm from D&D publishers Wizards of the Coast. The company just made a sizable donation earned from sales of a limited series of retro reprints of the Holy Trinity of first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Players Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide, and Monster Manual.

If you’re interested, you can learn more about the donation, reprints and memorial here.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    These D&D/Renfaire/SCA types always stop short of the goal line: live inhumation of the household staff.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I have had the foresight to send my slaves ahead of me into the afterlife.

      • Matt Staggs

        Bring more Lemon Pledge.

  • liquidself

    it s good to see he s getting some recognition for his innovative contributions

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