One night, many years ago, I had finished my degree and moved back into the family home. I was working for a Chester based computer company that was going to the wall. I was desperate for out and a couple of bottles of red wine and the company of a good friend, Rachel Bowers (who hopefully will see this post and drop me an e-mail) convinced me to ring my mate Stig.
Stig had moved to Worcester and was working on a role playing magazine called Role Player Independent. I asked if there were any jobs going. I had introduced Stig to the joys of desktop publishing and he felt he owed me one back. Six weeks later I moved to Worcester as the Sub-editor and advertising sales bloke.
Despite a brief move to London, I remain in Worcester to this day but the two factors that brought me here was a love of New Model Army (where I first met Stig) and the fact that we played Dungeons and Dragons with a group of mates, whilst still up north.
So I can safely say that Gary Gygax
was instrumental in my landing in Worcester, and for that reason alone I am sad to hear of his demise.
As an aside - I haven't played any role playing game since those days, having to go to conventions changed my mind, although I could tell you some stories about the RPI trip to Eindhoven... maybe another time ;-)