And now it is for us to continue…

Grognardia is reporting Dave Arneson has passed away.

Yes, there are many of the founding generation left but with Dave’s passing the two names on those little brown books are gone. For a variety of reasons, both fair and foul, Dave’s name is not associated with D&D the way Gary’s is. But certainly in our little community he is remembered.

And we should not forget his passing means the last final burden of duty falls to us. Our creators have left us and now it is for us to continue their creation in a way it hasn’t been yet, not even after Gary died.

As for Dave, I hope that now both he and Gary have gone on to a place where the old wounds are completely healed and they can once again enjoy together the game they gave us. As Scott over at World of Thool pointed out this is a capstone to two bad years but man, that is one hell of a set of tables they can have going up there.

A Musical Tangent

Tonight’s Oscillator Series Show was a multiple band CD release party. Among the releases was the new boxed set by Great Unwashed Luminaries, which gather and releases their first three albums plus a bonus disk. This is worth mentioning here for five reasons:

1. I’m thanked in the liner notes.
2. The boxed set is called Saving Throw vs. Spell.
3. Their second album was Unearthed Arcana with songs: “Power Word: Stun”, “Power Word: Blind”, “Geas”, and “Power Word: Kill”.
4. The back cover art for that album includes part of the Holmes cover dragon.
5. All the CDs are numbered with a D20.

For those interested the set is a 25 copy limited edition for $10 at Sink Hole Texas, Inc