Gary Gygax, I never knew thee

Gary GygaxToday it’s the first anniversary of the Gary Gygax’ passing. UncleBear is hosting a one-day Blog Memorial dedicated to Gary Gygax today, and this is my contribution.

I have to admit that I never played the original D&D and I hated AD&D 2nd Edition with a passion. When I was younger, I didn’t know who this Gary Gygax guy was, and I was pretty sure that this was no big loss. But the more I thought about roleplaying in general I realized that people like Gary Gygax were the pioneers of our hobby. Without him (and Dave Arneson of course) we would probably never have experienced all the joys of fantasy roleplaying.

In my early years at the university I made contact with Dragon magazine and when 3rd Edition was announced I started buying it on a regular basis. And one of my favorite columns in Dragon magazine at this time was Gary Gygax’ “Up on a Soapbox“. And I loved it. And I immediately understood that Gary Gygax is not just this weird American guy who designed those old D&D games (which I didn’t really like) but he was truely one of us. And the more I read about him, I realize what a great guy he must have been.

Gary Gygax, I never knew thee, and I wish I had!

Trouble with Internet Explorer

Some people have told me that my blog produces error messages in Internet Explorer and sometimes they can not even access the site. This is probably related to one of the plugins I use since the error appears directly after the first few sidebar widgets are rendered. I am currently trying to find out what causes the problem and I would appreciate any help in that endeavour. If you have had the same problem with a WordPress blog before, please let me know.

In the meantime, if you use IE, why not check out one of those other browsers like Firefox, Opera, Safari or Chrome? They are all free, more secure and faster than Internet Explorer and they are much more standard compliant. I currently use Google’s Chrome browser.

No IE!

Update: It seems only the outdated versions of Internet Explorer is affected, Internet Explorer 7 works fine.

Ye Olde Map Maker

You are in dire need of a dungeon map for your next adventure but you lack the artistic abilities to draw one by hand?Then you should have a look at “Ye Olde Map Maker“. This web- and flash-based tool allows you to create small dungeon maps in just a few minutes. It’s pretty easy to use but is limited to simple dungeons with rectangular rooms. If you need rooms and corridors that resemble natural caves you are out of luck. BUT “Ye Olde Map Maker” also allows you to view and print maps created by other people. And especially this feature can be a life saver when your group is already sitting around the gaming table and you still have no dungeon for today.

Ye Olde Map Maker

And if you are into dungeon crawls, there’s also a great review on random dungeon generators at Inkwell Ideas.

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