Gary Gygax, who helped design Dungeons & Dragons and start the role-playing phenomenon, died this morning at his home. He was 69.
Gygax had suffered from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.
Gygax and Dave Arneson created D&D in 1974 using medieval characters and fantasy creatures. The game grew in popularity, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, novels and films.
‘‘It really meant a lot to him to hear from people from over the years about how he helped them become a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, what he gave them,’’ Gail Gygax said. ‘‘He really enjoyed that.’’
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Funeral arrangements are pending. Gygax is survived by his wife and six children.