The Empty Chair

Dungeon MasterHe's between Nichelle Nichols and Stephen Hawking
E. Gary Gygax, pictured above standing between Nichelle Nichols and Stephen Hawking, failed his saving throw versus death on March 4, 2008. He was born on July 27, 1938, the same year in which Superman appeared for the first time.

The Dungeon Master will be missed.

Thank you, Gary.

The following poem, which I humbly present in his memory, is from Knights of the Dinner Table.

The Empty Chair
Eulogy for a Gamer

There is an empty chair,
at the table this day.
A hallowed place where,
a friend once played.
The roll of his dice,
my ears long to hear.
Or perhaps it would suffice,
if he should suddenly appear.
With character sheet in hand,
and a bag of Cheeze-doodles to share.
All his friends would stand,
as he sat in the empty chair.
I hear his voice a-callin’,
and it ties my heart in a knot.
For he cries, “Though a comrade has fallen,
You must play for those who cannot.”
We conquered worlds on the run,
he and I in the name of fun.
And as others may come and go,
I make both both friend and foe.
But what I long for most,
is our past now long a ghost.

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