Last Gen Con my goal was to get an interview with Gary Gygax. I started e-mailing him from our Kryos-mail six months before the con and kept up correspondence right up until the con itself. I wanted to talk to him as just another player, ask questions about gaming in the early days and gaming with his kids and what he’s playing now.
Jeff and I approached him and he was all smiles until he realized we were press.
“Interview!” he said. For the first time we were treated like press, not like gamer geeks with microphones. It was a bit jarring and shocking to us but we understood. He had dealt with press, real press, real journalists for years and knew that as soon as a mic or a recorder hit the table, things were different.
His wife politely ushered us away and set up a time later in the weekend to meet him at the Troll Lord Games booth. As Jeff and I walked away, Jeff asked me what I thought our odds were of getting the interview. “Fifty-fifty but I wouldn’t bet on it.”
We didn’t get the interview.
He is gone and I’m mad that we didn’t get to ask him our questions and get an idea of what it is like when E. Gary Gygax sits down to play.
He created this thing we do, along with Dave Arneson, with a stapled together pamphlet called Dungeons and Dragons and for that, we’ll toast him over our next gaming table and wish him well.