E. Gary Gygax
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How could I not put him in here someplace?
Just as Michelangelo was to David, so was he to his D&D. His creation was the spark that ignited the fire. As much as gaming is and has been an influence in my life, there is a debt owed to this man and his spirit. Sure he didn't create role-playing or games, but he brought them together in a way that changed things forever.