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Ernest Gary Gygax
Gygax at Gen Con Indy 2007
Born(1938-07-27)July 27, 1938
Chicago, Illinois,
United States
DiedMarch 4, 2008(2008-03-04) (aged 69)
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, United States
Occupationwriter, game designer
NationalityUnited States
Period1971–2008
Genresrole-playing games, fantasy, wargames

Ernest Gary Gygax (July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) (IPA: [ˈgaj.gæks][1]) was an American writer and game designer. He was best known for co-creating the early role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson in 1974. Gygax is often thought of as one of the first people to make role-playing games.[2]

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