The co-inventor of Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax, died two years ago today. I’ve written about D&D for NRO and the Wall Street Journal. The NRO article is more personal. It’s called “I Was a Teenage Half-Orc.” The WSJ piece is more reportorial, focused on how the game has evolved over three-plus decades.
My 12-year-old son and I are playing D&D in a campaign with school kids and dads. The DM is running us through Keep on the Shadowfell, which is supposed to be this generation’s version of The Keep on the Borderlands, which is the adventure module that hooked me on the game years ago. My character is a half-elf cleric named Arneson, in memory of Dave Arneson, the other co-creator of D&D. He died last year, a week or two before our campaign got underway.