Photo Phriday 21 – TRIBUTE

Yesterday I found out that Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away on Tuesday evening. It hit home, and I was forced to go over how important this game was to my youth. Specifically, it helped me survive the more tortuous adolescent years. This is the second time I’ve had to go through this.

Almost exactly one year ago the other creator of D&D, Gary Gygax, passed on. That hit me hard. I owe these two men more than a ‘thank you.’ I owe them more than my sorrow, my sympaties, and my tears. I am who I am today because of D&D. I’m a grounded individual today because of D&D. I honestly can’t say where I’d be if it weren’t for the outlet this game gave me to overcome some of the most trying and troubling times of my life.

Last year I took a tribute photo for Gary Gygax. This year, I make today’s Photo Phriday my tribute to Dave Arneson. Keep on playing, Dungeon Master. And make them 20’s, because THIS IS HOW WE ROLL.