Ta-Nehisi on Gygax:
It's hard to explain to people today—hell it was hard then--what it meant to create an entire world inside your head with only some paper, weird dice, and rule-books. But, oh man, that world was so real to me....
Also: This BBC News story features a tiny pic of the ultra-rare first version of D&D, which came in three small books. (Way back when, Cousin Andy managed to track down the similarly formatted supplements to this version—but we never found the original version itself...These supplements predated the Basic D&D set that we were using, which led to intriguing compatibility issues...)
FINALLY: Dizzyhead Regina sends us this oddly moving tribute.