Gary Gygax

1938 - 2008

Gary Gygax

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 1,678,541 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 8th most popular game designer.

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  • 4.37

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Among game designers, Gary Gygax ranks 8 out of 37Before him are Hideo Kojima, Gunpei Yokoi, Satoru Iwata, Satoshi Tajiri, Jeff Kinney, and Sid Meier. After him are Shinji Mikami, Toru Iwatani, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yu Suzuki, Markus Persson, and Will Wright.

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Among people born in 1938, Gary Gygax ranks 256Before him are Pupi Avati, Rafael Osuna, Bruno Bozzetto, Jaki Liebezeit, Sanjeev Kumar, and Severino Reija. After him are Bahram Beyzai, Victor Buono, Lindsay Kemp, Toini Gustafsson, Theo-Ben Gurirab, and Prince Buster. Among people deceased in 2008, Gary Gygax ranks 166Before him are Paavo Haavikko, Mikhail Pugovkin, Edwin Ernest Salpeter, Choi Jin-sil, Imad Mughniyah, and Levy Mwanawasa. After him are Xie Jin, Christodoulos of Athens, Neil Bartlett, Mario Rigoni Stern, Evelyn Keyes, and Barry Morse.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gary Gygax ranks 4,525 out of 12,171Before him are Matisyahu (1979), Mark St. John (1956), Quanah Parker (1845), Vanilla Ice (1967), Margaret Dumont (1882), and Eugene Parker (1927). After him are Willie Mays (1931), John Wesley Shipp (1955), Thomas Sowell (1930), Jimmie Rodgers (1897), Gus Hall (1910), and Gilbert Gottfried (1955).

Among GAME DESIGNERS In United States

Among game designers born in United States, Gary Gygax ranks 2Before him are Jeff Kinney (1971). After him are Will Wright (1960), John Romero (1967), Ron Gilbert (1964), Dave Arneson (1947), Roberta Williams (1953), Todd Howard (1971), Tim Schafer (1967), Matt Harding (1976), and Scott Cawthon (1971).

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