Dungeons & Dragons
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Gary Gygax | 1938-2008

Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax was also the author of dozens of fantasy books, including the Greyhawk series of adventure novels. (Associated Press)
Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. ()
Dungeons & Dragons, known for its oddly shaped dice, became a hit after its introduction in 1974, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies. (Los Angeles Times)
In the original tabletop Dungeons & Dragons game, players created fictional characters and carried out their adventures with the help of complicated rules -- and a roll of the dice. (Los Angeles Times)
Considered the quintessential geek pastime, Dungeons & Dragons spawned a wealth of copycat games and later inspired a whole genre of computer games that’s still growing in popularity. (Los Angeles Times)
A Dungeons & Dragons player ponders a game in 1979. Gygax always enjoyed hearing from the game’s legion of devoted fans, his wife, Gail, said. “It really meant a lot to him to hear from people from over the years about how he helped them become a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, what he gave them,” Gail Gygax said. “He really enjoyed that.” (Los Angeles Times)