The man who co-created the game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon is dead.
Gary Gygax died this morning at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, about 55 miles southwest of Milwaukee.
His wife, Gail Gygax, says he had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm.
Gygax and co-creator Dave Arneson developed the role-playing game in 1974 and it went on to become one of the best-selling games ever. Dungeons & Dragons is considered the grandfather of fantasy role-playing games and has influenced video games, books, movies and inspired legions of adoring fans.
Gygax' wife says he always enjoyed hearing from the game's devoted fans about how the game influenced their lives.
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