Monument to gaming god Gygax planned in Wisconsin

Gaming, RPGs, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

gary_gygax_gen_con_2007.jpgThe widow of Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax is working to have a memorial erected to the game designer in his adopted hometown of Lake Geneva, Wis.

The monument, which Gail Gygax is hoping will be placed in the city’s Library Park, first must go through parks board approval before going to the City Council.

In her recent note to the fan community EN World, Mrs. Gygax was mum about what exact form the tribute would take but said “the few people that know the concept are wild about it – so I am excited.”

The project will be built using money donated at GygaxMemorialFund.com, as well as a fundraiser at the annual Indianapolis gaming event Gen Con and the auctioning of items from Gygax’s personal collections.

Gygax was born in Chicago, but as a boy he moved with his family to Lake Geneva, where he died in 2008 at the age of 69. Dave Arneson, who worked with Gygax to create the game now known as D&D, died earlier this year at the age of 61. The two men met at a gaming convention and wrote up the custom rules they had created to combine their love of miniatures wargaming with fantasy roleplaying. When no publisher would bite, Arneson and Gygax created TSR and the rest was history.

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