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D&D Co-Creator Dave Arneson Dies of Cancer 71

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epee1221 was one of many readers to send word that Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, has died of cancer at the age of 61. "Arneson is often described as an 'unsung hero' in the history of gaming, having been largely eclipsed by his collaborator Gary Gygax. While Gygax was known for developing the rules for Dungeons & Dragons, Arneson's work focused more on the role-playing element. Although the two split up, Arneson continued developing fantasy role-playing content, and later taught game design at Full Sail University." We discussed Gary Gygax's passing just over a year ago.
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D&D Co-Creator Dave Arneson Dies of Cancer

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  • A Salute to You (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Leafheart (1120885) on Friday April 10, 2009 @11:36PM (#27539165)

    Rest in Peace, and get yourself a good rest. You earn it very well. If you find an Archons though, give them a swiftly kick on the butt for us.

    To the family and friends. He did good in his life. And has a name plate on the history of RPG. I mourn the pass of the creators of my main hobby for the last 15 years.

    Now, where did I leave that Blackmoore set?

  • Blackmoor (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Culture20 (968837) on Friday April 10, 2009 @11:52PM (#27539257)
    I'm glad Gary didn't see D&D 4e. I'm glad Dave didn't see Hasbro's future attempts to kill Blackmoor (you know they will).
  • Re:Blackmoor (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Jurily (900488) <jurily@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Saturday April 11, 2009 @12:55AM (#27539597)

    I'm glad Gary didn't see D&D 4e. I'm glad Dave didn't see Hasbro's future attempts to kill Blackmoor (you know they will).

    Too bad they never made any sequels [xkcd.com].

  • Sad news (Score:5, Insightful)

    by darjr (1529807) on Saturday April 11, 2009 @02:52AM (#27540061)
    Dave, you will be missed. I signed up to slashdot after years and years. Had to create an account. Just to say that.
  • by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Saturday April 11, 2009 @03:29AM (#27540199)

    I don't play any RPGs. (Slashdot gasps!). But I did mess around a bit with D&D in the 70's as a teenager, and played Rogue a bit in college, so I know how it works.

    I was visiting my sister a few years ago, who lives in another country, and my nephew was playing some PS2 game. He was clobbering cacti to prepare for taking on a dinosaur. At one point, I instinctively said, "Watch your hit points!"

    He was surprised that I had any knowledge of gaming, and I explained that before folks had PCs, they played D&D, and that all the basic concepts were founded there.

    So maybe Gygax and Arneson never made fortunes for themselves, but they paved a way for a gazillion dollar industry that keeps the world amused.

    That, my fellow Slashdotters, is immortality.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 11, 2009 @04:40AM (#27540445)

    Indeed. [giantitp.com]

  • Re:Blackmoor (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 11, 2009 @06:44AM (#27540871)

    Umm..."talking up their ass?" If you're going to use a cliche at least make sure it's the right one you inbred.

    As for the fourth edition, well, being that you don't seem to be a fan of reading I'm guessing you were one of those people who were too mentally handicapped to understand 2e and 3e (i.e. one of the "many people" that requires an easier manual for their "excellent gaming experience).

    In fact I doubt you even have the comprehension skills to read this post, so I'll just take it down to your level. Fag, stupid fucker, your mother pimps herself at a dollar store for half off, etc.

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