Here’s a nice article in London’s Independent on the recently deceased co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, and I’m not just saying that because I get name-checked in it. Money quote:
D&D, in the popular imagination, is for geeks, the nerds, the unpopular kids at school, the ones whose mothers fed them in their bedrooms, otherwise they wouldn’t eat: losers, fit only to be sneered at by the cool kids.
But the geeks are now running the world, while the cool kids are sitting in vast fluorescent hangars in post-industrial hardship zones, calling you on behalf of Capital One in connection with your account; or wondering if you’d like fries with that.
Back in the 1970s, before PCs, Gygax was the uncool kids’ saviour.