Dave Arneson

1947 - 2009

Dave Arneson

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 other 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 356,202 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 22nd most popular game designer.

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Among game designers, Dave Arneson ranks 22 out of 37Before him are Steve Jackson, Tetsuya Nomura, Eiji Aonuma, John Romero, Masahiro Sakurai, and Ron Gilbert. After him are Yuji Naka, David Cage, Yuji Horii, Kazunori Yamauchi, Roberta Williams, and Hideki Kamiya.

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Among people born in 1947, Dave Arneson ranks 474Before him are Charlie Hickcox, Mary Kay Place, Bill Richardson, Richard J. Evans, Rakhee Gulzar, and Subhash Kak. After him are George Alec Effinger, Mumtaz, Bernie Leadon, Vincent Matthews, Eddie Thomson, and Robert Gordon. Among people deceased in 2009, Dave Arneson ranks 252Before him are Nizar Rayan, Ellie Greenwich, Sergei Magnitsky, Umaga, Shōichi Nakagawa, and Lou Albano. After him are Stephen Gately, Louie Bellson, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Howard Zieff, Lucy Gordon, and Ed McMahon.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dave Arneson ranks 7,625 out of 12,171Before him are Gretchen Mol (1972), Cassandra Wilson (1955), Jack Angel (1930), Josh Homme (1973), Brian Stepanek (1971), and Nikki Reed (1988). After him are Bobby Wanzer (1921), Anita Borg (1949), Katherine McNamara (1995), Fontella Bass (1940), Darren Star (1961), and Lucy Boynton (1994).

Among GAME DESIGNERS In United States

Among game designers born in United States, Dave Arneson ranks 6Before him are Jeff Kinney (1971), Gary Gygax (1938), Will Wright (1960), John Romero (1967), and Ron Gilbert (1964). After him are Roberta Williams (1953), Todd Howard (1971), Tim Schafer (1967), Matt Harding (1976), and Scott Cawthon (1971).

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