I'm searching, in vain, right now, to find a quote that fits this moment. I can't find one, really, probably because I never knew the man, never brushed shoulders with him at a crowded convention, or even wrote to him. I can't, of course, deny the impact he's had on my life. Before the Trollwife became the Trollwife, and we were dating over a distance of 300 miles, it was D&D, played over AOL or IRC, that kept us close. This game, and its many imitators, have always been there for us. When times were tough, when sanity hung by a thread and money was tight, we could always turn to our imaginary worlds for comfort, for wisdom, for inspiration, and perspective. Even before I met the woman who would become my wife, friendships were forged in both victory and defeat around dining room tables, or around the campfire.
So while I can't speak of the man, I can let his own words say what his work has meant to me: Enjoy, for this game is what dreams are made of!!
Godspeed, Mr. Gygax.
UPDATE: More here, but be patient. A lot of people are hitting it today.