Dave Arneson

1947 - 2009

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David Lance Arneson (; October 1, 1947 – April 7, 2009) was an American game designer best known for co-developing the first published role-playing game (RPG), Dungeons & Dragons, with Gary Gygax, in the early 1970s. Arneson's early work was fundamental to the development of the genre, developing the concept of the RPG using devices now considered to be archetypical, such as adventuring in "dungeons" and using a neutral judge who doubles as the voice and consciousness of all characters aside from the player characters to develop the storyline.Arneson discovered wargaming as a teenager in the 1960s, and began combining these games with the concept of role-playing. He was a University of Minnesota student when he met Gygax at the Gen Con gaming convention in the late 1960s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dave Arneson has received more than 445,089 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Dave Arneson is the 33rd most popular game designer (down from 22nd in 2019), the 9,224th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,617th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Game Designer.

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Among game designers, Dave Arneson ranks 33 out of 46Before him are John Romero, David Cage, Yoshinori Kitase, Roberta Williams, Ron Gilbert, and Yuji Naka. After him are Kazunori Yamauchi, Yuji Horii, Hideki Kamiya, Al Lowe, Mark Cerny, and Ed Boon.

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Among people born in 1947, Dave Arneson ranks 567Before him are Navin Ramgoolam, Onny Parun, Rupert Holmes, John Perry Barlow, Boris Gulko, and Gilles Duceppe. After him are Robert Gordon, George Alec Effinger, Guy François, Stephen R. Donaldson, Arkady Andreasyan, and Otto Stuppacher. Among people deceased in 2009, Dave Arneson ranks 291Before him are Howard Zieff, Kálmán Markovits, Ellie Greenwich, Rolf Rüssmann, Louie Bellson, and Virginia Davis. After him are Dana Vávrová, Héctor Facundo, Sidney Wood, Frank Gardner, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, and Charles W. Juels.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dave Arneson ranks 9,224 out of 15,968Before him are Gene Saks (1921), Roy Brown (1925), Micky Ward (1965), Cy Young (1928), Andy Timmons (1963), and George Karl (1951). After him are Glenn Plummer (1961), Kristy Swanson (1969), Robert Gordon (1947), John Hoyt (1905), Virginia Fox (1902), and Ransom Riggs (1979).

Among GAME DESIGNERS In United States

Among game designers born in United States, Dave Arneson ranks 11Before him are Gary Gygax (1938), Will Wright (1960), John Carmack (1970), John Romero (1967), Roberta Williams (1953), and Ron Gilbert (1964). After him are Mark Cerny (1964), Ed Boon (1964), Scott Cawthon (1971), Carol Shaw (1955), Todd Howard (1971), and Jordan Mechner (1964).