Thursday, April 9, 2009

David Arneson: October 1st, 1947 - April 7th, 2009

As you may have heard, David Arneson passed away this Tuesday after a long and valorous battle against cancer. Arneson is best remembered as one of the co-creators of the original Dungeons and Dragons game and the developer of many of the fundamental concepts we know today in the modern rpg (such as AC, Hit Points, and Levels). He was also the creator of Blackmoor, the first campaign setting and lasting proof of how much fun playing a single character in a fictional world could be.

I would just like to add my voice to the, undoubtably, countless others to express my sincerest sympathies to his family, and deepest gratitude for the inumerable memories of adventure and enjoyment among friends that Mr. Arneson made possible all those years ago. Regardless if you play DnD or not, this decades spanning "good idea" has been an inspiration to some of the greatest fantasy art made thus far, and we artists should be truly grateful for that.

Thank you Mr. Arneson, and in whatever bright lands you now tread, I hope you know how much you will be missed.

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