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David Lance Arneson dies

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  1. aranier

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    Dave Arneson (October 1, 1947 – April 7, 2009) co-creator of D&D has died. I hope they give him a tribute like they did with Gary Gygax.
     
  2. Viquire

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    He created Blackmoor, correct?
     
  3. Put both of them in the same room in Doom, let their summons do battle. Will make getting the Claw that much more interesting.
     
  4. Theo_GL

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    :-(

    Time moves way too quickly.

    Seems like just yesterday this new game called D&D was out and hitting the store shelves.
     
  5. Sindris

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    Its a real shame what has been done with the D&D franchise. Origin trademarked the slogan "We create worlds" and they did, but the creators of D&D did it first and without the worlds THEY built, the games we play today might not exist.

    Sleep well Mr. Arneson.
     
  6. pallas

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    ?????


    How old ARE you? lol
     
  7. Draconi

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    *This* is a fantastic idea. Thank you.

    Another legend is made eternal, farewell Dave
     
  8. I so remember seeing this when it first came out.

    Still have my old books.
     
  9. Nh'bdy

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    And thusly the titans have fallen, and we are all reminded that out Ivory statues have but clay ankles. Pour half thy ale to the earth and tip your helm or hat to the next set of dice you see. Let them both rest in somber peace.
     
  10. mdscan

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    I remember meeting him at an Origins (or was it Gen Con) Convention in Detroit. I played in an event that he was DMing. My character never did get out of the old Come Back Inn :). Time does pass by fast, but the memories do last. Thanks Dave
     
  11. pallas

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    My brother owned those. The illustrations were... interesting. :)
     
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    Just don't let him hire Casca to go against Gygax. Rest well David.
     
  13. MalagAste

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    Ditto.... I remember playing it with my Brother in our basement.... trying to get as many friends as we could to join us.... hooking our younger sister and perverting her to the world of the dark side with D&D .... My Aunt thought we were poisoning her mind with that Satanic filth... *laughs*.... Oh those were the days.... I had my thief.... Macer he was as I recall... Still have his character sheet somewhere...
     
  14. Hah! I was a Ranger then (I guess that some things never change :)

    Dave was an interesting guy. We had occasion to meet a few times, over the years. I wish him a safe journey.
     
  15. Kaleb

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    I liked my assassins but have many characters still have them all some almost 20 years, Rest well Dave and thanks.
     
  16. kelmo

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    Half elven fighter/magic user. That was at the end. I remember the little white box. The one with bad dice you had to color in to see the numbers.

    Now that game was a sand box...
     
  17. Oriana

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    Is it bad I still have those dice? And tons more. Half Elf here too magic user, still have my pewter piece for her too.

    So long Dave, may you and Gary forever roleplay through the heavens.
     
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    *laughs* I think those first dice were hand made. Yeah, I had a Crown bag full of my lucky dice later.
     
  19. Viquire

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    You know, it's been so long ago now, but I swear I remember one of my earliest table top experiences being a run through of the floppy bound Blackmoor from a four by six brown cover book that required using the combined rulesets of Chainmail and Wizard for combat resolution. Were these books the original three book set for OD&D?

    That was before the Blue or Grey box edition of Dungeons and Dragons and In Search of the Unknown. Many many hours, many hours, of fun.
     
  20. Bara

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    Edit: I'm so sorry, I didn't see the other topic.

    I just thought I should share this with the community.

    Some of you might not know who Dave Arneson is, but he, along side Gary Gygax (who passed away last year), invented D&D. Ultima probably wouldn't exist today if it wasn't for these two guys. I thought it would be appropriate to post this here because of that fact.

    So rest in peace and fare thee well.

    Here are some links:
    This is the news of it..
    http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2009/04/sadly-this-is-accurate.html

    And here is where Giant in the Playground, and online web comic, did a touching tribute to him.
    http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0644.html
     
  21. Bara

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    Here is a very touching tribute from an online web comic called giant in the playground. I gotta admit, I almost teared up.

    http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0644.html

    David, you really touched a lot of people, and helped to foster our imaginations. Rest in peace.
     
  22. Basara

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    The crappy plastic dice in the original box sets, were made by a scientific supply company to be "disposable" dice high schools and colleges could order as class aids for Probability & statistics classes. They were never meant to be used long-term by anyone.

    IIRC, since they had to buy the dice as sets, that's the reason so many things were written to use certain dice, as to not have to "break up" the dice sets (that came pre-packaged) and throw away any unused types.

    When they did the original D&D boxed set, that company got the biggest one-time order it had ever gotten for the dice - then had to increase production as the game caught on. Eventually, they got out of the game dice business as other suppliers (including the first dice-specific companies) came along. I still have a number of 25-30+ year old dice I use in my weekend games (I still play 1st Edition AD&D on Sundays)
     
  23. Omigods! Someone who remembers the Chainmail rules...

    Chainmail was stand-alone, and a precursor to D&D. They were originally intended as miniatures rules, with the roleplay/fantasy tucked in on the side.

    Someone stole my copy :-(
     
  24. MalagAste

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    This thread is awesome..... My son still plays D&D though they are on whatever new/latest edition it is... I played the original D&D as well as AD&D.... with my Elven Theif/Magic user and his 3 wives... Loved it...

    And to make me smile... my son keeps his dice in a Crown Royal bag... like they should be...

    Ah those were the days.... summers spent having fun and time spent every weekend and on Holidays playing D&D... Way back before computers and computer games... Back even before console games....

    I still remember the day my Dad brought us home the Pong game console...
     
  25. Viquire

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    The link in this post doesn't seem to work properly. The one in the other thread did.

    Hey, I still wish I was a platoon, especially against the Crimmys.
     
  26. Viquire

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    Odyssey FTW! Did you have transparency overlays for the TV screen?

    Sorry, I don't mean to hijack a thread, but I'm beginning to feel as though I should smack my gums together more. :(
     
  27. Firedutch

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    This is sad news and marks the end of an era for us "old timer gamers". I started playing D&D back in the early days of Chainmail and Blackmoor.

    I ran a D&D campaign for high school friends for 20 years before, one by one, we had families, careers, etc that shifted our lives into different directions.

    Most of us took up the hobby of computer online gaming to fill the void of role playing. This made it easier to "turn on and turn off" the game and play at our leisure. Getting our group of 10-15 people together even once a month was getting difficult with real life schedules and responsibilities.

    We have alot to be thankful for to have been involved with D&D. I personally want to thank Dave and Gary for what they brought into the world. They have provided millions of hours of enjoyment and friendship to thousands of D&D players and DM's alike.

    Warm up those d20's, whip out those character sheets, and carefully thumb thru those worn out books and enjoy as taking your turns peering over the DM screen with your formidable grin at your players.

    You will be missed deeply here on earth.

    Thank you for your imagination.
     
  28. GalenKnighthawke

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    I'm glad to see this guy's death getting publicity. In life he was often overshadowed by Gygax.

    -Galen's player
     
  29. Bara

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    Heh, it's interesting. I too come from a very old and tight nit gaming group, but even though some of us have moved apart, we still occasionally game together on weekends thanks to technology. We set up two laptops in the gaming room, and use webcams and skype so that those who can't be there in person can play. It sounds odd, but it works very well. We have one webcam set up on the battleboard and the other set up to see the group and you can switch back and forth between the two. It's really cool. :)
     
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    I started playing d&d in 1977 when it came out in the pamphlets and still have most of my books still and still occasionally play and my dice and my sons die are in crown royal bags still :)
     
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    Old enough to pre-date the introduction of D&D.

    I have a few first edition books as well. You had to have them because there was no internet to look stuff up. You had to bookmark pages and such.

    I had character creation sheets and dungeons I made myself.

    In regards to dice - yes, the D&D ones that shipped were crap but I found a game store that made cool translucent ones that I used to use my money to buy. I'll have to take a pic and post. ;-)
     
  32. Decker

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    Lets see where to begin
    Started gaming in 1988
    been doing it since then
    i have owned 2 game shops in this time and have enjoyed palying D&D with over 250 peoplethat have satat my table.

    Character wise i have enjoyed half orc fighters
    a gnomish wizard named dimble may get a few peoples memories going

    Rest well dave

    decker
     
  33. aoLOLita

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    "And to make me smile... my son keeps his dice in a Crown Royal bag... like they should be... "

    LOL - I still have my dice in a a purple Crown Royal bag as well:)

    I started playing D&D when stationed in 1978 - someone ordered the Blackmoor ruleset and we started playing our own variant... I played for about 5 years, sold off the books but kept thh minatures & dice:)

    Aye, like a previous poster, I also belive there would have been no UO without the vision of Arneson & Gygax...
     
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    I have to admit I never knew much about the quieter partner of the Arneson & Gygax tandem. I fear I always felt a bit upset over how his Monster Manual 2 copyright lawsuit set a precident that put a chill on many who toyed with creating derivative games. *looks around* Well, at least it didn't stop everyone :)
     
  35. Viquire

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    No, point of fact it forced more creativity.
     
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    There are so many interesting stories running around about what happened between them. It's a shame Dave wasn't given the credit he was due sooner.