RIP Gary Gygax

March 4, 2008 at 6:14 pm (D&D)

Found via Balloon-Juice, via Ned Ragget:

“Death attacks Gygax.
Gygax misses saving throw.
Gary Gygax dies.”

I’m sure we’ll be talking about this at our next gaming session but I would just like to acknowledge that this man has had some positive influence upon my life. I first started my role-playing experience with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition and a small group of friends (who were veterans of the tabletop sport) over four years ago and, for the most part, it’s been a weekly event ever since.

Before I was introduced to the joy of this odd little hobby, I went out drinking and got totally sauced nearly every weekend, not to mention what I imbibed during the week, and it wasn’t before long that I realized this habit wasn’t doing me any good. I’m not sure if D&D had any direct impact on my decision to cut back on my Irish tendencies, but it certainly helped keep me occupied during part of the weekend. As a result, I eventually lost touch with the thirst. Although I still drink on occasion, it no longer calls out to me as it once did. And for that, I’d like to thank Mr. Gygax for helping create a game that is at least as enjoyable as forgetting what happened the night before.

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From the Man himself

November 12, 2007 at 6:04 pm (cheese, comedy, D&D, faces which amuse me, Firefly, idols)

To celebrate Robin actually playing a character instead of DMing, here’s a clip of a tribute from Adam Baldwin for the character Jayne’s tribute from the Mudders.

For some reason I think we may be playing a Firefly campaign in the future.

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September 5, 2007 at 5:34 pm (D&D, nostalgia)

Before I finally complete my previous media update, I’d like to describe a more recent D&D character I’ve played recently, having been reminded by some overseas mail of one of my all time favorites. (Thanks Jon! I pity the DM who lets me play that particular character again.) Apologies to those who stumble upon this and have no idea what I’m talking about.

Guts is simply a force of nature. He’s my half-orc epic level frenzied berserker. I’m not sure you know what this means so I’ll go ahead and tell you. He cannot die while he’s in a frenzy which is pretty much the same as rage except the bonuses and penalties are greater and they also stack onto those of rage. He also has Supreme Power Attack. This essentially allows him to deal his regular damage + 80 with each attack. Yeah. He’s also wielding a mercurial great sword. Critical multiplier of x4 baby.

Did I mention our party fought the Tarrasque? I’d like to say that my character had quite a hand in this. I’d also say Guts could have taken it on by himself. In fact, he kept the Tarrasque dead while most of our party bartered their souls away to Mephistopheles for a wish to destroy this dreadful beast. Thus, Guts was left to his own devices at the southern pole of Eberron. Rumor is that he became the new Tarrasque.

Role-play wise he was fun, much better than Orange Crush, although only slightly more intelligible. His voice is a nearly indescribable screech which brought the DM to tears on a number of occasions. Having gotten covered with the insides of a hostile beast, the barbarian would announce, “That’s why they call me GUTS!”, spittle and blood flying from his gaping mouth onto whomever he was introducing himself to. Who they were was never ascertained.

Whenever someone or something did damage to Guts, he was forced into a frenzy unless he made a will save, which made for a couple of awkward situations with the rest of the party. Luckily the party saw the benefits of having Guts around, or perhaps they were unsure how to get rid of the ticking time bomb.

Guts wasn’t much of a talker unless his best friend Nom was around. I call him Nom for the reader’s benefit, but being a Chaos Gnome, Nom would choose names at a whim. Or should I say, adopt the names that Guts had called him that day: “That’s why I calls you Wally!” after Nom had been slammed into a wall. “That’s why I calls him Flamey!” Nom had (has?) a thing for fire, etc.

There’s much more or much less to Guts than I’ve presented here but, much like any other force of nature, you really have to witness him in action to understand his full effect.

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