Gygax Family Planning Memorial Statue for D&D Creator

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Gygax Family Planning Memorial Statue for D&D Creator

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The wife and children of the late Gary Gygax, one of the creators of legendary RPG Dungeons and Dragons, have plans underway to erect a memorial statue of Gygax in his home of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Gail Gygax, the widow of Dungeons and Dragons co-creator and RPG pioneer Gary Gygax, is hoping to memorialize her husband's life by erecting a statue of him in a park in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the city the Gygax's called home.

The statue won't just be a marker of Gygax's life, however. Gygax sees it as a symbol of what her husband gave to the world with the games he created. "That is my mission, to get that (statue) as an appreciation for what he gave people throughout the world," Gygax said. "Through his games, these men and women developed lifelong relationships. His games taught them friendship and respect and teamwork. It was more than a game; it was life."

Gygax has hired a lawyer to help form a corporation to raise money for the statue. She has a number of fundraising initiatives already underway, including plans to auction off some of her husband's original manuscripts and other items. Games industry luminaries, Gygax says, have already expressed interest, as well as folks from the film industry.

So what will the statue look like? Gygax says not to worry about it. "It's something he wanted, and something his fans would want," she said. "It's going to be very tasteful."

[Via Purple Pawn]

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I thought you said Giygas for a second. Dissapointment.

I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

Cpt_Oblivious:
I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

Of course not, my Good Captain... He'll be riding Tiamat.

The statue will ask you three riddles. If answered correctly, a secret passage will open to Gygax's treasure vault.

and he a sorc or wizard not a meat shield so will be a staff :P

First thing I read was "Gygax Family Planning" and then my brain went off on a weird tangent of D&D based contraceptives. A statue to this guy would be cool, but it should be erected in some sort of geek Mecca as opposed to his home town. Unless they were planning on turning his home town into a geek Mecca.

Nerd pilgrimage anyone?

Fat_Hippo:
Nerd pilgrimage anyone?

I'm there.

This thing will be twice the size of Mecca.

Glad to see some pride being taken over the D&D creator. Best news I've heard in a while

Woah. I am so for this.

May I suggest - a giant dragon, Gygax riding on his back, with a giant mace in one hand, and a two-hander in the other, with a huge shield on his back, casting spells and breaking Epic ruleset.

...What, he deserves nothing less.

Keane Ng:
"It's going to be very tasteful."

I think that's exactly that his fans would NOT want. What they want is a 18foot tall statue of Gygax dressed as a fighter with crazy fantasy armour battling a dragon with one hand while fending off an entire Kobold army with the other.

WrongSprite:

Fat_Hippo:
Nerd pilgrimage anyone?

I'm there.

This thing will be twice the size of Mecca.

We are going to need a minivan and a designated DM

and mt.dew lots of mt.dew

I'm thinking a large nude bronze statue, with a pair of D&D dice in the appropriate location.
Not very tasteful but humorous.

Cpt_Oblivious:
I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

Or at least a mace.

kend1:
I'm thinking a large nude bronze statue, with a pair of D&D dice in the appropriate location.
Not very tasteful but humorous.

Hehe, that was my suggestion. Except, not the nude part. Not so tasteful.

Figure it'll be him behind a DM screen, rolling some dice.

I think they going to need to accept donations as has got to be bigger and better than one blizzard has outsider their office, as there would be many who would donate for such an endeavour. However if they fail to create a titanic battle pose will settle for him around a table behind a dm screen with a cheeky grin as holds some dice with 5 players ranging from a kid to an adult.

Fat_Hippo:
Nerd pilgrimage anyone?

I'm sooooo there, dude.

Keane Ng:

So what will the statue look like? Gygax says not to worry about it. "It's something he wanted, and something his fans would want," she said. "It's going to be very tasteful."

A Natural 20 then? M.I.T. already did similar.

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Claim to fame: I met him once. Really really nice guy.

I would say give him a statue holding a sword aloft, with a shield on his other arm, and some dice in his hand.

Either that, or have him be chatting it up with a member of each playable race around a wooden table, with ales on it.

How big of a statue are we talking about here, incidentally? Five feet, ten feet, or like a colossus from Shadow of the Colossus? Because I could see any of the three being done. And he'd deserve any or all of them. He was a great man, and he'll be greatly missed.

Very tasteful?

Fullplate. +5 sword. Dragon mount.

Fat_Hippo:
Nerd pilgrimage anyone?

And when you arrive at the statue you must leave a D20 as an offering. ^_^

Fat_Hippo:
Nerd pilgrimage anyone?

Finally. A religion I can get behind! lol

It should be a statue of Gary ripping one of the Beholder's eye tentacles out..WITH HIS TEETH!!

OR

Just go very simple and understated. Have it be a statue of Gary with a dice bag tucked into his belt and a set of 1st edition in his hand.

OR

Snarky, snide and sarcastic. A statue of Gary. On a plaque underneath it says "YOUR WELCOME BLIZZARD!"

:)

Im thinking a giant statue of an ancient red dragon, or the tarrasque fighting cthulhu with gygax riding a roc wielding the holy avenger

OptimusHagrid:
I thought you said Giygas for a second. Dissapointment.

"You cannot grasp the awesomeness of Giygas's statue!"

I think that, in order to do Gygax the proper amount of justice, the statue must be at LEAST as big as the gundam in Japan.

George Palmer:
It should be a statue of Gary ripping one of the Beholder's eye tentacles out..WITH HIS TEETH!!

I was thinking of a beholder that seems to miraculously float, perhaps when viewed from a certain angle.. along with laser beams in the eyestalks, lol

Croaker42:

WrongSprite:

Fat_Hippo:
Nerd pilgrimage anyone?

I'm there.

This thing will be twice the size of Mecca.

We are going to need a minivan and a designated DM

and mt.dew lots of mt.dew

Fly by night...

Abedeus:
Woah. I am so for this.

May I suggest - a giant dragon, Gygax riding on his back, with a giant mace in one hand, and a two-hander in the other, with a huge shield on his back, casting spells and breaking Epic ruleset.

...What, he deserves nothing less.

Pretty much this and I'm not even a fan of this series.

Cpt_Oblivious:
I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

No, he has to have a +1 Mace(I hope someone amongst this site of nerds gets this joke).

LaBambaMan:

Cpt_Oblivious:
I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

No, he has to have a +1 Mace(I hope someone amongst this site of nerds gets this joke).

I don't want your stinky cookie, but it's a futurama reference.

and saying "I hope someone gets this reference" or "cookie to people who get the reference" is a really stupid forum action that reeks of desperation :P

Cpt_Oblivious:
I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

Nah it should be a giant sided die.

Altorin:

LaBambaMan:

Cpt_Oblivious:
I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

No, he has to have a +1 Mace(I hope someone amongst this site of nerds gets this joke).

I don't want your stinky cookie, but it's a futurama reference.

I think was on about old dnd joke about drawing a +1 mace ;)

Altorin:

LaBambaMan:

Cpt_Oblivious:
I'll be disappointed if he isn't wielding at least a sword and shield on this statue.

No, he has to have a +1 Mace(I hope someone amongst this site of nerds gets this joke).

I don't want your stinky cookie, but it's a futurama reference.

and saying "I hope someone gets this reference" or "cookie to people who get the reference" is a really stupid forum action that reeks of desperation :P

You'd be surprised how often one makes a reference around here only to have everyone go "I don't get it".

George Palmer:
A statue of Gary. On a plaque underneath it says "YOUR WELCOME BLIZZARD!"

I'd donate towards that. More like, "You're welcome, every RPG since the '70s!"

The Shade:

George Palmer:
A statue of Gary. On a plaque underneath it says "YOUR WELCOME BLIZZARD!"

I'd donate towards that. More like, "You're welcome, every RPG since the '70s!"

As long as Tolkien gets a statue saying "Your welcome, Gary."

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