Aw, man. Gary Gygax died.
I bought the D & D basic set when I was, like, eight, I think. I didn’t have anyone to play it with until I got a little older and a) thus, so did my younger brother, b) some kids around our age moved in up the street. So I contented myself with rolling up characters, reading the monster descriptions in the Dungeon Master’s Guide, and drawing dungeon maps on graph paper. To this day I write in all caps, having developed the habit because it made my writing more legible on graph paper, which we also used for our homemade character sheets.
Anyway, D & D was hugely influential, on me and on our culture, so I lift a flagon of mead to Gygax’s memory.