I spoke with an old buddy this weekend, wherein we revived the topic of using the Marvel FASERIP or the 4C System with Rifts. I still contend it just might do Rifts better than Rifts itself, but that’s not my main topic today.
No, we got on the topic adding skills Castles & Crusades, wherein I mentioned that one of the last things Gary wrote was an optional skill system for C&C’s Castle Zagyg. There was a pause on the line, and my friend said “Really?” with more than a hint of deep respect in his voice.
Among most of my gaming friends, we still have a reverence for Gary Gygax and what he did. Some of us started playing after AD&D 1e, some of us were hardcore readers of the early Dragon Magazine, and others go indie all the way. But one of the common things that binds us is that the opinion or words of Gary Gygax are not lightly discounted. Certainly we don’t agree with everything he’s written, but he still commands our respect to the highest degree. We aren’t all OSRers, or 4ers, or exclusive D&Ders, but we are Gamers, and those that weren’t around for some of Gary’s highlights are now picking it up secondhand. A new generation of gamers progresses, and soon enough, they’ll know about him, too, so long as gaming endures.
That’s the way legends grow. And in a world where we’re expected to be hyper-critical and cynical (and yes, I definitely put myself in there), it’s nice to still have legends. We know Gary wasn’t perfect, but none of the best legends are, are they?