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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019); AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021); and HOW WE BECAME POST-LIBERAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOLERATION (2024).

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Death of Gary Gygax (1938 - 2008)

It's been announced in various places that Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons died today. According to the Wikipedia entry in its current form, he'd been in poor health, having suffered multiple strokes and a near-fatal heart attack.

I never managed to get into D&D, even though a dear friend bought me a set way back in the past, or, indeed, the whole adventure gaming thing that it inspired. But there's no doubt that Gygax was a hugely important figure ... the influence of his work as a game designer and an entrepreneur in the gaming industry has been incalculable, not only on gaming itself, but on every entertainment medium known to modern civilisation.

This is the passing of a giant.

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