Dear John Kovalic….

Uncle AndrewUncle Andrew
Filed under: @ 9:04 am

Hey John,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for what turned out to be my very favorite online tribute to Gary Gygax. Your artwork played a key role in a (slightly tardy) memorial gaming brunch we held with a group of friends this weekend.

In the alcove of our chimney where there once sat an indoor barbecue grill (who thinks of these things? Mmmm, carbon monoxide….) we erected a small shrine to Mr. Gygax, including a selection of stuff he might need in the next life:

Shrine to Gary Gygax

As you can see, your drawing was pretty much the centerpiece. As the guests arrived, some brought their own D&D paraphernalia to add to the monument. We ate frozen pizza, Cheetos and Pop Tarts, quaffed coffee and Mountain Dew, played—coincidentally—Munchkin (most of us are too busy to do any serious D any more) and had a marvelous time. It was a beautiful sunny day outside, and we were all indoors playing fantasy games. Very authentic. 😉

At the end of the gathering, we poured out the Mountain Dew in tribute to the fallen. The curb seemed inappropriate, as it was outside, and as avid a fan as I am I was not prepared to dump it out on the family room carpet in the basement, which seemed the most fitting. So we elected for the kitchen sink.

A great time was had by all, and I think it was a fitting memorial.

Thanks again for your contributions to the genre and the culture.

Uncle Andrew

6 Responses to “Dear John Kovalic….”

  1. Val Says:

    What? No Skittles? 😮

  2. Val Says:

    Sounds like a good time was had by all.

  3. Uncle Andrew Says:

    That was a lot of fun. If you haven’t tried Munchkin, you should. All of the fun of D&D without all the hours of rolling up characters and arguing about whether you packed enough iron rations to keep you from starving to death.

  4. Dalek Says:

    Thanks for having us over – it was a blast! Although in retrospect I think we should have at least rolled up basic character sheets, just because. 😉 :mrgreen:

  5. Uncle Andrew Says:

    I don’t know how your campaigns used to go, but where I come from, filling out character sheets alone would likely have taken half the day. 😀

  6. Dalek Says:

    Rolling up the initial 6 stats didn’t take long at all. Figuring out which roll you wanted to apply to which attribute took longer. And then picking a class, equipping the character…yeah, that could take a while. But just the initial roll up of basic character stats – not long.

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