Dave Arneson Dies

David "Dave" Lance Arneson (October 1, 1947 – April 7, 2009) was an American game designer best known for co-developing the first published role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, with Gary Gygax in the early 1970s.

Arneson's early work in developing the concept of the RPG using devices now considered to be archetypical, such as adventuring in "dungeons", using a neutral judge and having conversations with imaginary characters to develop the storyline, were fundamental to the development of the genre.

Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game is currently published by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro. It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of the Chainmail game serving as the initial rule system. D&D's publication is widely regarded as the beginning of modern role-playing games and, by extension, the entire role-playing game industry.