Saturday, August 9, 2008

Pre-Gen Con Tip: 7 Ways To Remember Gary & Have Fun Doing It!

As we get closer to Gen Con, its tough to forget that we lost some of our brightest lights in the hobby this past year. Among those was the co-founder of it all, Gary Gygax. I personally think the best way to remember Gary is to have an amazing time gaming and enjoying this hobby to which he gave so much. Here's some fun, easy ways to raise the proverbial glass to Gary's memory at Gen Con:

1) Tower of Gygax: Keith Baker is organizing this amazing-sounding event. Its pure Gygaxian Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, run 24/7 in Room 115 of the Convention Center. New slots should open about every hour. No experience needed!

2) Roll The Dice: Be sure to bring some dice to donate to the Grand Gygaxian Dice Collection for Gen Con's opening ceremonies. After the main ceremony, you can still toss some dice in his memory at the collection point outside the Main Entrance of the exhibit hall. The Collection will then be auctioned for charity auction Saturday at 6 pm. I don't know about you, but I have an old, inherited, much-loved crayoned set of dice I think will be extremely fitting for this.

3) Stop by Troll Lord Games (booth 615). Many of Gary's works and works inspired by him will be out for your perusal, including Castle Zagyg: Upper Works. And don't forget your Gord the Rogue novels!

4) Incorporate some Gygaxian fun into your game--blindside your players with an improbable monster or treasure item. Act as if nothing is amiss.

5) Bring a Character: Along with the Grand Gygaxian Dice Collection (that's so much fun to say!), Gen Con Indy is also providing a Memorial Book to honor Gary's memory. Bring that old AD&D character sheet, a story of how D&D and Gary's work impacted you, or something in that vein you feel is meaningful in honor of his legacy. They'll have paper if you want to write something on-site.

6) Grab your copy of D&D 4e. Where they mention the first campaign settings early on in the "History of D&D", scribble in "Greyhawk, too!". If you don't have a copy of 4e, instead roll your dice when meeting someone at the show and say "It's a...[roll]...pleasure to meet you!" (see Futurama)

7) Cherish your friends, cherish every second of your gaming, and have the best time possible. It may have started at Gary's house in Lake Geneva, but wherever Gen Con is held, the most important thing is having a good time doing something you love.


patwulf said...

New reader here--great post! I had no idea all that was going on at the Con. Thank you.

And #7 is right on target. Gen Con is and of itself a tribute to Mr. Gygax.

Questing GM said...

Great to see these sentimental events going on in the name of the Great Gygax!

It's really such a pity that I won't be there to witness the whole lot.

Zachary The First said...

Yeah, I just feel very lucky I was able to meet him in person there last year. A gentleman and a warm soul, was there ever one.

I think a lot of the tribute events will be fun--I'm looking forwarding to seeing all the dice!

Andy K said...

Hey Zach - Solid post.

If you're going to be wandering around the con, stop by and say hi at some point. I'll be in the dealer's hall on and off, helping out at the Khepera booth (Hellas) and selling "Maid The Roleplaying Game" (bizarre and fun: Hope we run into each other at some point.

-Andy K

Dave The Game said...

Great post, Zach. I knew that if there was one GenCon I needed to attend, it was this one to honor his memory.

Look forward to meeting you there.

Zachary The First said...

@Andy: You know it, pal. Looking forward to seeing you there. Hellas has me intrigued, to be sure!

@Dave: Likewise! :) I stay crazy busy liveblogging, but I'm sure we'll crash into each other at some point!

Zachary The First said...

Andy: I also wanted to mention I love the quote from Tennyson's "Ulysses" on the Hellas website. I use that as my sig on a few boards. Powerful verse!

DNAphil said...

I have the d8 from my original D&D dice, from the Pink Box Set...ugly orange and crayon put in the great pool of dice.

I have also photocopied my 3.0 Half-Orc Barbarian, that I played when I returned to playing D&D after many years, with the launch of 3.0.

Hope to see you out on the floor. I will be at Starbucks Thurs morning having my Iced Coffee. Just look for the GreenShirts