Category: Remembering Gary

Gary Gygax Day 2017

Gary Gygax Day 2017

My Dad would be celebrating his 79th birthday today (July 27th). It’s become Gary Gygax Day, a time when gamers gather, shake the dice and share the camaraderie of the gaming table. He will be missed by many, his family as well as his extended gamer family. The Gary Con staff meeting is tomorrow, also…

By Lloyd July 27, 2017 Off

Erik Garland – Gary Con

Erik Garland – Gary Con

What GaryCon Means To Me I clearly remember the first time I actually saw a Dungeons and Dragons product.  It was in the winter of 1979 and I was in a Woolworth’s department store in Omaha, scouting for potential Christmas presents.  At about eye level, in an aisle with nothing else interesting, was this strange…

By Lloyd April 4, 2017 Off

Thanks Gary – Zach Glazar

My very first gaming convention was in Lake Geneva in 2012. It changed my life and switched its focus. At GaryCon I finally recognized what the late Gary Gygax had done for me. As a boy Dungeons & Dragons was about bringing dreams into reality, the people I have met have showed me it was…

By Lloyd January 5, 2017 Off

Gary Gygax Eulogy (Gary Con I)

Although the video quality isn’t stellar, the words in honor of E. Gary Gygax were. It was in this first year that friends and family decided to honor Gary’s memory through the activity that he loved most of all – Gaming.   “This is my home video footage from my Dad’s funeral in Lake Geneva,…

By Lloyd September 5, 2016 Off

Erik Tenkar Coppers & Crullers

I never met Gary Gygax and greatly regret that. I cut my RPG teeth on AD&D 1e and never looked back. It wasn’t until many year’s later, over on Gary’s thread at ENWorld that we actually communicated. I used to use “Coppers & Crullers” as my tag line on ENWorld, and I mentioned to Gary that…

By Lloyd August 3, 2016 Off

Scott Duncan – On Gary’s Porch

As IFW chair at the time, I came up with the extra $35 to add to Gary’s to rent the Hall for the first GenCon (and attended). Then I made it to GenCon V a few years later. I do remember the sand table and the shoe repair “bench” in the basement. There was the…

By Lloyd July 27, 2016 Off

Stephen Chenault – Mind the shot

Some years back Davis (my brother) and I were up at Gary’s. I think we there for one of the conventions in Milwaukee, the one that replaced Gencon (the name escapes me). We had trundled over to Lake Geneva to visit Gary, talk business and other sundries. We had bought Gary a bottle of his…

By Lloyd July 27, 2016 Off

Patrick Bird – Gary Calling

In seventh grade (1980-81 school year) our language arts teacher told us to form groups and to choose a favorite living author. Each group would submit their choice, and the school would try to contact the authors to see if they could arrange a conference call during school hours so we could talk to and…

By Lloyd July 27, 2016 Off

Lloyd Metcalf – Gary made my dream

My life and the existence of Fail Squad Games is due to the creation of a game by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson – Then later Frank Mentzer got me hooked solidly! As a young teen after some difficult home situations, my school work and attendance were dropping fast. I don’t know where I was headed,…

By Lloyd July 27, 2016 Off

Shane Moore – Abyss Walker

I’m Shane Moore, creator of the Abyss Walker series. A little about why this project is absolutely amazing. In 1985, I was ten years old. I was growing up in a home with addict parents struggling with chemical use and alcoholism. I used to stare in the mirror and tell myself how stupid, lazy, and…

By Lloyd July 27, 2016 Off