E. Gary Gygax, the man who invented Dungeons and Dragons died yesterday. Through D&D, Gygax indirectly gave me countless hours of fun, kept me out of trouble, helped develop my vocabulary and math skills, and led me to make lots of very good friends. His passing was not unexpected, as his health had been declining for some time, but it is sad nonetheless.
The NPR story is here. io9 has done a nice bit about Gygax and sci-fi
But I think Wil Wheaton explains best what it meant to be a geeky kid and find D&D.
Now I am all bummed out again.