Thursday, March 04, 2010

two years gone: a re-post

don't mourn the death, celebrate the life

Things You Can Do To Keep Gygax's Memory Alive
  • Play some OD&D or 1st edition AD&D, or one of the other games Gary created.
  • Adapt one of his modules to whatever fantasy system you are using nowadays. B2 The Keep on the Borderlands is a particularly good choice for "serious" role-players, if you focus on all the intrigues surrounding the various factions of humanoids in the Caves of Chaos.
  • Name your next pet Gary, Gygax, or Mordenkainen. (I am not taking any responsibilty if you name your next kid Gygax or Mordenkainen. You're on your own on that one.)
  • Build that Dragonchess set you've been meaning to construct ever since you read about it in issue #100 of Dragon.
  • Players: Specialize in an oddball polearm, swear "by Gygax's beard", play a cleric of Zagig.
  • DMs: drop the Ring of Gaxx into your setting, sprinkle some scrolls of Mordenkainen-brand spells about your dungeon, use a rust monster or a bulette.
  • Write that module or game or whatever that you've been meaning to get around to. Submit it for publication or publish it yourself.
  • Keep a sharp eye out for the next weird little game that might become a breakout hit, spawning cartoons, films, comic books, novels and countless imitators.
  • Tell the hobgoblins "It's okay, Gary sent us!"
  • Crack open your 1st edition DMG and just luxuriate in the unmistakeable Gygax prose.
  • Send a letter or e-mail to another game designer thanking them before it's too late.
  • Introduce someone else to the fun that is this crazy little hobby.
  • Game like there's no tomorrow.


  1. Good post, and a worthy tribute to one of the giants of the culture.

  2. Ayup. My kids will have no homework tonight (standardized testing week).

    Think I'll play some D&D with them.

  3. @Francisca: That's the absolute best result of standardized testing I've ever heard of!

  4. good ideas, i will add a mordenkainen scroll in my game tomorrow!
    last year, i add some giant centipede :D

  5. Great ideas, Jeff. For Greyhawk fans, you can also contribute articles to or The Oerth Journal, both of which are fan-written, fan-supported publications!


  6. Anonymous10:17 AM

    Good Stuff, Jeff!

    ~Adaen of Bridgewater