Friday, April 10, 2009

Another Legend Passes

Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson dead at 61

Dave Arneson, born in 1947, an American game designer, teacher and entrepreneur and the co-creator of the seminal Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

He met up with Gary Gygax at the second official Gencon. From there they decided to write Dungeons & Dragons. Since they were unable to find a publisher they started TSR and published the book themself.

It saddens me to see the founders of such a wonderful game and genre passing. Over the years greed, lack of leadership, and lack of concern of the product has driven fans away. Plus technical advances in society, video games, and tv have prevented new fans from flocking to the game. It is almost like living in a d&d world were the Gods have left us to fend for ourselves.

I send my best wishes to his wife and daughter

Jason James