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Ian Livingstone (co-founderof Games Workshop; author of the Fighting Fantasy books and a ton of other credits) has written the Obituary for Gary Gygax in The Independent today.

One of the things that I found relly interesting was the following:

"In 1975 the Games Workshop, newly formed by Steve Jackson and myself, which then operated out of a flat in Shepherds Bush in London, signed a three-year exclusive European distribution agreement with TSR on the back of an order of six copies of D&D. A few years later, Dungeons & Dragons was a household name, its notoriety in part spread by an ill-informed media that linked the game to black magic and dark cults, which only added to its mystique."

Six copies secured GW the exclusive European distribution deal! How times have changed!

Gary Gygax: Creator of Dungeons & Dragons (The Independent; Friday 7th March 2008)

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incandescens
Mar. 7th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Not a bad obituary, but then the Independent's usually quite well-informed.

(And since I know my parents read it, and they know my hobbies, ten to one they will be phoning me to say, "Did you know that Gary Gygax is dead?")
djpsyche
Mar. 7th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
off topic
Hey there, saw your post in Aaron's journal. If you do decide to skip the Levellers I am happy to buy your tickets off you. nocturnia1@yahoo.com
Cheers!
carbonel_
Mar. 7th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, how wonderfully apt an author!

I totally misinterpreted that quote though; I thought he meant signed literally on the back of the order (á la on the back of an envelope)! That would be awesome.

On the other hand, perhaps he does mean that, and I'm misunderstanding again...
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