April 9th, 2009: Last month was the one year anniversary of Gary Gygax's passing, and now sadly we mourn the passing of Dungeons & Dragons' co-creator: Dave Arneson. I am glad I got to meet Dave Arneson at Gencon a few years ago, when even then he seemed to be in poor health. There are no words I can form that can adequatedly express what Arneson meant to this hobby. So instead, I will quote the immortal Gygax from his forward to Dave's iconic work, Supplement II, Blackmoor


"Dave Arneson ... Is there really such a creature? Yes, Gentle Readers, there is, and shudder when the name is spoken. Although he is a man of many talents who has authored many historic rules sets and games, Dave is also the innovator of the "dungeon adventure" concept, creator of ghastly monsters, and inscrutable dungeonmaster par excellence. He devises complex combat systems, inexplicable dungeon and wilderness areas, and traps of the most subtle fiendishness. Herein you will get a taste of these, but he never reveals all. This writer always looks forward with great anticipation to an adventure in the "Blackmoor" campaign, for despite the fact that I co-authored the original work with Dave, and have spent hundreds of hours creating and playing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, it is always a fresh challenge to enter his "world". I can not reccomend him more highly than simply saying that I would rather play in his campaign than any other - that other dungeonmasters who emulate Dave Arneson will indeed improve their games. While eagerly anticipating yet more material from dread "Blackmoor Castle", the following pages should satisfy your immediate craving for new ideas. Those of you totally committed to the fantasy adventure game may expect additional supplements from time to time; and isn't that dark shape crouched over the desk of blackened oak laughing fiendishly as glowing runes flow from his quill, remarkably similar to Arneson's?"

E. Gary Gygax
TSR Games Editor
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
1 September 1975

"To die will be an awfully big adventure."

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