4
| News |

25 Gaming Euphemisms for the Death of Gary Gygax

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Gary Gygax wasn't the father of Dungeons and Dragons. He was the weird uncle that lived in the basement, painted lead miniatures, and could expound on the twelve different types of polearm weapons. So it's understandable that gamers might have trouble talking about it openly. Instead, here are some ways to refer to Gygax's untimely passing…you know, without really saying it:

When referring to Gygax's death, you can say he:

1) Started a new character sheet. 2) Is looking for a ninth-level cleric. 3) Failed his save vs. death magic. 4) Is food for purple worms. 5) Immediately became an NPC. 6) Finished the Doritos. 7) Has gone pips up. 8) Is pushing up shriekers. 9) Cashed in his gold pieces. 10) Took the first step to lichdom. 11) Went ethereal. 12) Kicked on the end of a spear. 13) Didn't make his system shock roll. 14) Bought the farm in Hommlet. 15) Is taking a dice nap. 16) Has gone to meet Zagyg. 17) Rolled his last natural 20. 18) Went against the giants. 19) Joined the gaming table invisible. 20) Is sleeping with the sahuagin. 21) Drew the Void. 22) Ended the campaign. 23) Kicked the dice bag. 24) Retired Mordenkainen. 25) Got screwed by the DM.

--Teague Bohlen

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.