Ernest Gary Gygax
27JUL1938 to 04MAR2008.
I am saddened to report that the original Dungeon Master failed his last saving throw this morning.
For those Gentle Readers who may not have heard of this man, E. Gary Gygax was the co-creator of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game -- the pencil-and-paper version -- and was probably the father of the whole Role Playing Game industry, both paper and computer versions.
Chris, Tole and I have spent literal ages wandering through various AD&D campaigns over the years, and I credit Dungeons and Dragons with improving not only my imagination, but also my writing skills.
I imagine they've already got the screens set up and the Mountain Dew and chips stockpiled and waiting for you, Gary.
Vaya con Dios.