I've just heard the news that Gary Gygax, co-founder of D&D, has passed away. (Wizards memorial)
Simple words, but for me, what a great ocean of meaning lies beneath.
Though I only met him a few times, I don't think I can really estimate how great his influence has been on my life, other than to say BIG. For starters, I wouldn't have the friends or career I now enjoy if it hadn't been for Gary Gygax. As a kid used to create D&D modules with the same "trade dress" of 1st edition modules, going so far as to write 'By Gary Gygax' on each one to make it official.
A tempest besets the ocean, and I am sad.