I'm not sure how I missed this one, but Dave Arneson, co-creator of D&D passed away (kotaku.com) earlier this week. I'm just old and geeky enough to remember Blackmoor and Arneson's much lighter approach to D&D. At the time, I preferred Gygax's more rules bound approach because it was easier for young gamers to use than was Arneson's more seat of the pants approach. Now, I have a much greater appreciation for Arneson's desire for us to just have fun, something that's seemingly lacking in the latest iterations of D&D.
While he doesn't get nearly enough credit, he's another RPG pioneer gone.
Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. -- Erasmus
All others things being equal, the simplest solution is usually stupidity. -- Darwin Minor
No disagreement about any of this. I knew one day we'd be faced with Pratchett "hanging it up" so to speak, but I certainly had hoped he'd have a chance to ride off into the sunset and enjoy himself a little.