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Dhruin April 9th, 2009 16:22

RIP, Dave Arneson
This has popped up at a few forums and, unfortunately, it seems to be true. Shacknews is reporting the death of Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons with Gary Gygax:

Dave Arneson, co-creator of the first commercial roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons, lost a battle with cancer on Tuesday. Arneson was 61.
A fan of table-top wargames, Arneson began designing his own gaming scenarios from an early age. In 1969 he met fellow D&D co-creator Gary Gygax at the second official Gen Con gaming convention. Collaboration between the two would eventually see the first release of Dungeons & Dragons in 1974.
Dungeons & Dragons established the traditional RPG form, with concepts such as "leveling," "parties" and others all owing their lineage from the game and directly influencing countless computer games.
More information.

Gragnak April 9th, 2009 16:22

May your soul continue to fly on fantastic lands Dave.
Thanks for all the adventures you made us live.


Squeek April 9th, 2009 17:44

Sad news. Sixty-one is too young.

God bless you, Dave. Thanks.

Rills April 9th, 2009 17:50

Very sad to hear of this. IMO, I always believed he never received his due for D&D.

Alrik Fassbauer April 9th, 2009 18:51

May you rest in peace, not in pieces.

wolfing April 9th, 2009 19:00

RIP. The two creators of D&D have sadly passed away.
I wonder how he felt about D&D 4th ed.

skavenhorde April 9th, 2009 19:41

Thank you for helping creating the one game that changed my life. I was no longer just a nerd, I was Harkar the Chaotic Good Wizard hell bent on fighting against evil no matter the cost.

Moorkh April 9th, 2009 20:43

Sic transit…


Thanks, Dave.

Oxlar April 9th, 2009 21:55

The resluting comradraeship and friendships created from Dave's and Gary's works can only be matched by a very few individuals in this world.

My life would be bland and dull if it weren't for these two.

Thank you Dave.

Dez April 9th, 2009 23:56

..gloria mundi :'(

This is shocking news indeed. My life has been influenced a lot by their genious work. RIP Dave and thank you.

Shagnak April 10th, 2009 00:03

Damn, terrible news.
It's their efforts that turned me into a RPG fiend something like 27 years ago.

Aldarron April 10th, 2009 01:47


Originally Posted by wolfing (Post 1060942947)
RIP. The two creators of D&D have sadly passed away.
I wonder how he felt about D&D 4th ed.

Here is a link to answer your question

wolfing April 10th, 2009 15:43


Originally Posted by Aldarron (Post 1060943004)
Here is a link to answer your question

Thanks, but reading that thread just got me depressed. There he was just a month ago answering RPG and dungeon-mastering questions :(

ffbj April 10th, 2009 16:26

For many years he lived less than a half a mile from me on Selby Ave. He had the second floor of good size building. Think 1000 sq ft. studio apartment. Many in my gaming group held him in high esteem. I had the dubious honor of plumbing the debts of Blackmoor and dying there, killed by an air elemental. I played with him as DM a few times. One thing the was funny was that we kept seeing holes blown in the walls of the dungeon. We finally realized that these explosions were the result of people trying to get out of Blackmoor Dungeon. It was easy to go down but hard to go up.
He was personable, friendly, and very patient. A quiet man, who we felt, my group, never got the just recognition he deserved as co-creator of D&D.

Phonix April 10th, 2009 17:33

Very sad news, D&D came as far, as to a small contry as Denmark and I played it fore almost 15 years (D&D then AD&D 2nd Editon), Im forever in debt fore the countless hours of fun we had.

Must he rest in peace.

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