First, Erick Dyke, the one who was in charge of n-Space (I had him as my co-professor with Mr. Christopher Stapleton in the Game Design class at the University of Central Florida back in 2001) died some months ago [read:]. Now, Dave Arneson, the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons leaves us. This is another sad moment in gaming history. I guess I’ll go back to D&D again. I can still remember the 80’s cartoon version. Besides his work with D&D, he was a professor at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

I do have a poster he signed for me on my bedroom wall, next to my console and PC games and other gaming memorabilia. The way I got ot was unexpected yet meaningful. I really wanted to meet him. Once I arrived at OTRONICON 2006 (Orlando Electronic Interactive Conference) at the Orlando Science Center, I looked for him. It wasn’t hard to find his location. I found him and got the pleasure to meet him. He was a really nice man and one of the greatest persons in the history of games. One of my dreams as a gamer came true, but  almost of the end of our conversation, I noticed there were no more posters at his table. He then told me to remove the one at the wall behind him.  We removed it from the wall. Then, we removed some pieces of tape that were attached to it. He signed the poster for me.

Every morning when I get up, I look at that poster.
His writing in the poster:

“To: Alberto
Game on!

Dave Arneson”

Since that day, I started telling adiós to my fellow gamers at the end of our conversations my own way: “Keep gaming.” I guess I’ll say “Game on!” from now on.

Thanks for all you’ve done, Dave!

Primero, Erick Dyke, el que estaba a cargo de n-Space (él fue mi co-catedrático con el Sr. Christopher Stapleton en la clase de Diseño de Juegos en la Universidad del Centro de la Florida en el 2001) falleció hace unos meses [lean:]. Ahora, Dave Arneson, el co-creador de Dungeons and Dragons (Calabozos y Dragones) nos deja. Este es otro momento triste en la historia de los juegos.   I guess I’ll go back to D&D again. Aún puedo recuerdar la versión de los dibujos animados de los 80. A parte de su trabajo con D&D, él fue un catedrático en la Universidad Full Sail en Winter Park, FL.

Sí tengo un poster que él firmó para mí en la pared de mi cuarto,  junto a mis juegos de consola y de computadora y otros recuerdos de juegos. La manera en que lo conseguí fue inesperada y aún significativa. En realidad quería conocerlo. Apenas llegué a OTRONICON 2006 (Orlando Electronic Interactive Conference) en el Centro de Ciencias de Orlando, lo busqué. No fue difícil encontrar su localización. Lo encontré y tuve el placer de conocerlo. Era un buen hombre y una de las grandes personas en la historia de los juegos. Uno de mis sueños como jugador se hizo realidad, pero casi al final de nuestra de nuestra conversación, me di cuenta que no habían más posters en su mesa. Me dijo que saque el que estaba en la pared detrás de él. Lo sacamos de la pared.  Luego, sacamos algunos pedazos de cintas adhesivas que estaban pegadas a eso. Me firmó el poster.

Cada mañana cuando me levanto, veo ese poster.
Su escritura en el poster:

“To: Alberto
Game on!

Dave Arneson”

Desde ese día, comencé a decirles a mis estimados jugadores adiós al final de nuestras conversaciones a mi manera: “Keep gaming!” (“¡Sigan jugando!”). Creo que diré a partir de ahora  “Game on!”.

¡Gracias por todo lo que has hecho, Dave!

From/De: Grognardia

Shortly after 11pm on Tuesday, April 7th, Dave Arneson passed away. He was comfortable and with family at the time and his passing was peaceful.

The Arneson family would like to thank everyone for their support over the last few days, and for the support the entire community has shown Dave over the years.

We are in the process of making final arrangements and will provide additional details as we work them out. We will continue to receive cards and letters in Dave’s honor. We are planning to hold a public visitation so that anyone wishing to say their goodbye in person has the opportunity to do so.

Cards and letters can continue to be sent:
Dave Arneson
1043 Grand Avenue
Box #257
St. Paul, MN

Visitation will be on April 20th
Time: yet to be determined
Bradshaw Funeral Home
687 Snelling Avenue South
St. Paul, MN 55105

Source/Fuente: Grognardia – Sadly, This is Accurate []; Wired – RIP Dungeons & Dragons Co-Creator Dave Arneson, 1947-2009 [].

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