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Ernest Gary Gygax (/ˈɡaɪɡæks/ GY-gaks; July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American writer and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson. Gygax has been described as the father of D&D.

Gary Gygax was born in Chicago within a few blocks of Wrigley Field on July 27, 1938. He was the son of Swiss immigrant and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Ernst Gygax. Gygax spent his early childhood in Chicago, but in 1946 (after he was involved in a brawl with a large group of boys), his father decided to move the family to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where Gary’s mother’s family had settled in the early 19th century.

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