Their website does a terrible job if helping you understand why you might consider donating and what they’ll do with the money, but I still gave $20 to the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund this week. Gygax is one of the creators of Dungeons and Dragons, originally a set of miniatures supplements he wrote with his friends that grew into a global brand. He also founded one of the earliest gaming magazines (Dragon Magazine), launched what became and remains the US’s largest gaming convention (Gencon), produced a hit animated television series (Dungeons and Dragons), and more. Gygax’s games and company played a huge role in my middle childhood, and I still have a stack of his books and supplements tucked into my basement rec room’s game cabinet. The intent is to build a statue commemorating his life on parkland in downtown Lake Geneva, WI, where he lived and worked for most of his life. He deserves the recognition.
The memorial is going to be in downtown Lake Geneva, in this park.
- Help Memorialize Gygax at Gen Con Starting Tomorrow (tor.com)
- Be forever grateful to D&D’s creators (psychologytoday.com)
- Sculptor for Gygax Memorial Named (wired.com)
- Gary Gygax memorial in the offing (boingboing.net)