Today, March 4, marks the first anniversary of the death of Ernest Gary
Gygax - the founder of modern role-playing games.
Loved his work, or hated it, GG set the initial standard for our
favorite hobby. One of the quotations from him that I remember the most
"The secret that we should never let the gamemasters know, is that they
don't need any rules."
This is something I learned in my early stages of GM'ing. Most good
GM's learn this. GG was, I believe, a good GM - the way GM's should
treat "their" games.
Many newbie RP'ers don't know who GG was. I found, a few years ago in a
comic shop in Simi Valley, California, many kids who were interested in
this "3rd Edition D&D" stuff. They didn't know what it was (a few
wondered what card sets went with it) or where it came from. It was up
to me, and a few others, to edjamacate them.
Because of the demise of The Great GM on this day, several RPG companies
and groups have declared this day, March 4, as GM Day. For all of us
GM's, this day is for us as well. Many game companies are offering
promotions on this day. Check out your favorite company and see what
they are offering.
I will sign off now from another quotation from the man who gave us the
pastime that will stay with us for the rest of our lives:
"I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed
playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with
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