Ernest Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax, with a couple of other people, created Dungeons & Dragons for all of us to enjoy. The following is a set of articles from wikipedia about Gary Gygax' life and the birth Role Playing Games.

About Ernest Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax at GenConBorn: July 27, 1938, Chicago, Illinois
Died: March 4, 2008 (aged 69), Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Occupation: Writer, game designer
Nationality: United States
Author: 1971–2008
Genres: Role-playing games, fantasy, wargames

Influences: J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson, A. Merritt, H. P. Lovecraft1, Jack Vance, Michael Moorcock.

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  • 1. Gygax, Gary (March 1985). "On the influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on the D&D and AD&D games". Dragon (95): 12–13. : "A careful examination of the games will quickly reveal that the major influences are Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson, A. Merritt, and H.P. Lovecraft."