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Gary Con IV

I had a fantastic time at Gary Con IV talking with Jim Ward, Frank Mentzer, Paul Stormberg, Gail Gygax, and the folks currently shooting the documentary on the history of Dungeons & Dragons.  It was great to be around a few hundred dedicated gamers, as well as those people responsible for the very industry we all know and love.  Here’s a snapshot of one gaming area:



And I took this picture of the house in which Gary Gygax wrote the manuscript for the original edition of Dungeons & Dragons.  Very cool to see!




5 Responses so far.

  1. Glenn Thomas says:

    Check with the family about that being garys home

    • GRStrayton says:

      They brought me there, so I assume it’s the right place. :) (He lived in multiple homes over the course of his life, all of which I visited, but this was the one where he wrote the D&D manuscript, or at least, that’s how it was explained to me by the family.)

  2. Luke Gygax says:

    That is indeed the correct house at 330 Center St in Lake Geneva. We lived there when i was born in 1970 and moved when I was in 2nd grade in 1977 iirc. This was the house that my Dad lived in when D&D was written. I remember putting together game components for Dungeon and other games in the basement. There was a sandtable for Chainmail in the basement as well as my Dad’s shoe repair equipment. He was a cobbler for a few years before he quit to be a full time game designer.


    • GRStrayton says:

      Thanks for the confirmation, Luke. It was an honor to meet you at the convention. And thanks so much for stopping by our humble site!

  3. Telaumbanua says:

    I am saddened to read about the sinsapg of Gary Gygax. Many many hours Phil, Jeff, and I sat around a grid tossing 4, 8, 10, and 20 sided dice while attacking the unknown and, of course, coming out victorious. Dungeons and Dragons was not only a great time, it taught us at a very young age to work together, plan together, think creatively, and most importantly, taught us that it is sometimes better NOT to fight but instead try to talk with the unknown monster aproaching us.D&D will always have a special place in my heart. Farewell Gary…Mark