Sad news from the realm of adult virgins and LARPers today, as we mourn the death of Dave Arneson, co-creator of the popular Dungeons & Dragons game.
According to Wired, Arneson and D&D were a key influence on the fantasy world:
It may not directly relate to the world of electronic videogames, but it’s impossible to ignore the influence Arneson’s work has had on the gaming developers we all hold so dear.
Not only did D&D force gamers to think creatively and reason their way to safety, it’s also the single greatest source of high fantasy creatures and ideas since Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. I attempted to come up with any fantasy title that doesn’t somehow lift from D&D, and after 20 minutes of contemplation, I’m still drawing a blank.
When I was a kid, my older brother would sometimes play D&D with his friends. Occasionally I would bust in the room and steal their goofy dice huck them in the backyard or something. He’s now a top executive at the largest software company on earth and I write a blog about popcorn that looks like Yoda. SO I GUESS WE KNOW WHO MOM LOVES MORE, DON’T WE?