Top 10 fantasy freaks and gaming geeks
6. E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson
In the 1960s, Gygax (inset, left) played table-top war games in his basement. Independently of Gygax, Arneson inset, right) began melding combat rules for miniatures with the concept of players controlling not the movements of armies, but the actions of a single infantryman. The two joined forces and, in 1974, released the game-changing Dungeons & Dragons, the first commercially available role-playing game. D&D pioneered fantasy game staples such as players assuming the role of characters (i.e. fighter, wizard, thief) and working collaboratively; a behind-the-scenes director called the "dungeon master" who dreams up a fantasy realm and referees the plot; and the premise of adventuring in subterranean realms. The Doritos and Mountain Dew came later.