Fans Mourn Dungeons & Dragons Founder Online

As news broke of the death of Dave Arneson, co-creator of the cult role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, the blogosphere lit up with mourning, and online gaming mags published tributes to one of the pioneers of modern geekery.

On the site for Wizards of the Coast, the current distributor of Dungeons & Dragons and the self-proclaimed world leader in “hobby gaming,” a somber message is posted about Mr. Arneson’s death: “Whether you’re a lifelong D&D player or a newcomer to RPGs, a traditional paper-and-pencil gamer or an online role-player, we all owe a great debt of thanks to Dave Arneson and his groundbreaking Blackmoor game.”

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