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Gary Gygax Memorial FundPosted: July 16, 2012
Believe it or not, the "father of role-playing games," Gary Gygax, lived in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for most of his life. To honor his memory, Gail Gygax, his widow, has been raising funds to construct a memorial in her late husband's honor by establishing the nonprofit Gygax Memorial Fund. Gygax knew his time was limited and made plans for how he wanted to be remembered. He wanted a memorial in Lake Geneva; a place for his fans to come visit. On March 28, 2011 the City Council of Lake Geneva approved Gail Gygax's application for a site of memorial in Donian Park. They are currently working on the final design of the memorial that will receive the approval of the City Council.
The statue design so far includes a castle turret with a bust of Gygax on top with a dragon and a set of polyhedral dice near the base, in accordance with the wishes of Gygax and suggestions from the City Council. Gail Gygax says "planning is underway for additional elements, with themes old school gamers will recognize." Initial renderings were done by JP Robson of EMC2 Landscaping. Stefan Pokorny of Dwarven Forge has donated his talents as sculptor to bring the statue to life.
Fundraising for the memorial is an ongoing process. Wizards of the Coast (which acquired TSR, the gaming company co-founded by Gygax), is contributing by creating limited-edition reprints of the original 1st Edition core rulebooks. These premium versions of the original AD&D rulebooks have been reprinted with the original art and content, but feature new cover art. Proceeds from the sale of the books help support the Gygax Memorial Fund. These special books will be available in limited quantities as an independent store exclusive on July 17th.
What does this have to do with the Board Game Barrister? Well, since we are an independent game store, we will have the books for sale at our stores! Also of note is that Gygax was the founder of Gen Con, the inspiration for our own Glenn Con (which is coming up August 3rd-5th). We encourage you to honor the memory of Gary Gygax. Buy one of the awesome 1st Edition core rulebooks July 17th. Celebrate his birthday on July 27th. Join us at Glenn Con in August. Or contribute to the Gygax Memorial Fund. More information about the Gygax Memorial Fund is available on their Facebook page and on their website http://gygaxmemorialfund.com.