The Lighter Side of Dungeons & Dragons – Gary Gygax

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While working on another story about old-school D&D, I cracked open my 1st edition AD&D core books for some material. It’s been years since I looked at the AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide (DMG). I had forgotten how Gary Gygax quietly reminded us that he was serious about his creation but there is also a lighter side of Dungeons & Dragons.

“Don’t spend too much time merely reading. The best part of this work is the play, so play and enjoy!”Gary Gygax

Ask any D&D player, or any TTRPG player for that matter, and every one of them have a humorous tale about something that happened in one of their games. Perhaps someone has shared one of these stories with you. If you are not familiar with the game then it’s a very good chance you failed to see the humor.

What do beauty and disintegrating rays have in common? They’re both in the eye of the beholder.

Get it? If you do then there’s hope for the rest of this page. The following cartoons are art Gary Gygax included in the Players Handbook and Dungeon Masters Guide.

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Please share the fun. If you have any you would like to share, please do so in the comments below or send them to @gravykingpin on Twitter.

Gravy Kingpin exists in two gaming worlds - Pen & Paper and console/PC. He's a part time guardian, part time Dungeon Master, and a full time husband and father of two.

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