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Gary Gygax

American writer and game designer

1938   -   2008

genre: fantasy, science fiction
country of citizenship: United States of America
occupation: writer, novelist, publisher, game designer

Ernest Gary Gygax ( GY-gaks; July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American game designer and author best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson. In the 1960s, Gygax created an organization of wargaming clubs and founded the Gen Con gaming convention. In 1971, he helped develop Chainmail, a miniatures wargame based on medieval warfare. He co-founded the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR, Inc.) with childhood friend Don Kaye in 1973. The following year, he and Arneson created D&D, which expanded on Gygax's Chainmail and included elements of the fantasy stories he loved as a child. In the same year, he founded The Dragon, a magazine based around the new game. In 1977, Gygax began work on a more comprehensive version of the game, called Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Gygax designed numerous manuals for the game system, as well as several pre-packaged adventures called "modules" that gave a person running a D&D game (the "Dungeon Master") a rough script and ideas on how to run a particular gaming scenario. In 1983, he worked to license the D&D product line into the successful D&D cartoon series. After leaving TSR in 1985 over issues with its new majority owner, Gygax continued to create role-playing game titles independently, beginning with the multi-genre Dangerous Journeys in 1992. He designed another gaming system called Lejendary Adventure, released in 1999. In 2005, Gygax was involved in the Castles & Crusades role-playing game, which was conceived as a hybrid between the third edition of D&D and the original version of the game conceived by Gygax. Gygax was married twice and had six children. In 2004, Gygax suffered two strokes, narrowly avoided a subsequent heart attack, was then diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and died in March 2008.
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works

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Expedition to the Barrier Peaks

book by Gary Gygax

author: Gary Gygax

1980

Tomb of Horrors

book by Gary Gygax

author: Gary Gygax

1978

Original Dungeons & Dragons

Original 1974 publication

author: Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson

1974

Against the Giants

book by Gary Gygax

author: Gary Gygax

1981

Artifact of Evil

book by Gary Gygax

author: Gary Gygax

1986

Dungeon Geomorphs

book by Gary Gygax

author: Gary Gygax

1976

Eldritch Wizardry

book by Gary Gygax

author: Gary Gygax, Brian Blume

1976

Player's Handbook

book by Gary Gygax

author: Gary Gygax

1978

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