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Dungeon and Dragons Creator Dies

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on April 11, 2009

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons



MINNEAPOLIS, April 10 (UPI) — Dave Arneson, co-creator of the fantasy role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons,” has died in St. Paul, Minn., at the age of 61, his family said.

Following a falling-out with late “Dungeons” co-creator Gary Gygax and the company that published their work, Arneson went on to co-found two other companies — 4D Interactive Systems and Adventure Games — and taught game design at Full Sail University in a suburb of Orlando, Fla., the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press said.

Arneson’s daughter, Malia Weinhagen, recalled his love of gaming in an interview with the newspaper.

“Any house I ever lived in with him always had a basement devoted to gaming. I thought everyone grew up with dragons and fairies. It was quite a shock in elementary school when I found out I was not the norm,” Weinhagen said.

A memorial will be held for the Minneapolis native and University of Minnesota graduate, who was diagnosed last year with cancer, on April 20 at Bradshaw Funeral Home in St. Paul. A funeral service is slated for April 21at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, the Pioneer Press said.


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