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 D&D was the best training I could have ever had for a career in law enforcement and I was grateful. He noticed my Chief Wiggum avatar (Simpsons) and my tag line and said something to the effect of:
“Not donuts? What kind of an officer are you? You should come to my house in Lake Geneva some time and we’ll game on my porch. I enjoy having guests and I might serve crullers.”
My how I regret never having taken him up on that offer. Still, just the fact that it was offered and heartfelt is a memory I cherish to this day.
(the attached image IS D&D to me. Maybe it’s why I became a cop)
~Erik Tenkar – Tenkar’s Tavern