Gary Gygax

1938 - 2008

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Ernest Gary Gygax ( GY-gaks; July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American game designer and author best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson. In the 1960s, Gygax created an organization of wargaming clubs and founded the Gen Con gaming convention. In 1971, he helped develop Chainmail, a miniatures wargame based on medieval warfare. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gary Gygax has received more than 2,007,892 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Gary Gygax is the 17th most popular game designer (down from 8th in 2019), the 5,572nd most popular biography from United States (down from 4,523rd in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Game Designer.

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Among game designers, Gary Gygax ranks 17 out of 46Before him are Satoshi Tajiri, Steve Jackson, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Toru Iwatani, Shinji Mikami, and Lizzie Magie. After him are Klaus Teuber, Will Wright, Tetsuya Nomura, Peter Molyneux, Yu Suzuki, and Masahiro Sakurai.

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Among people born in 1938, Gary Gygax ranks 304Before him are Marina Ratner, Huang Ju, Tura Satana, Eppie Wietzes, Jô Soares, and Fred Anton Maier. After him are Mahmoud El-Gohary, Janet Reno, Aristide Guarneri, Severino Reija, Urs Widmer, and Victor Buono. Among people deceased in 2008, Gary Gygax ranks 194Before him are Lydia Shum, Yury Glazkov, Christodoulos of Athens, Luis de Souza Ferreira, Neil Aspinall, and Ricardo Infante. After him are Ronnie Drew, Aleksandr Abdulov, Buck Adams, Adolfo Suárez Rivera, William Gibson, and Levy Mwanawasa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gary Gygax ranks 5,572 out of 15,968Before him are Keith David (1956), Albert Tyler (1872), Mark Tornillo (1954), Charles Martin Smith (1953), Louis Calhern (1895), and Terry Moore (1929). After him are Ron Asheton (1948), Michael E. Brown (1965), Isadore Singer (1924), Jason Scott Lee (1966), Sumner Redstone (1923), and Louis Brandeis (1856).

Among GAME DESIGNERS In United States

Among game designers born in United States, Gary Gygax ranks 5Before him are Gabe Newell (1962), Jeff Kinney (1971), Steve Jackson (1953), and Lizzie Magie (1866). After him are Will Wright (1960), John Carmack (1970), John Romero (1967), Roberta Williams (1953), Ron Gilbert (1964), Dave Arneson (1947), and Mark Cerny (1964).