A Wisconsin game publishing company is proposing creating a museum dedicated to the late Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, and other creators of role playing games.
According to a press release from Epic Quest Publishing, Waterford, Ernie Gygax, Gary Gygax’s oldest son, is on board with the project.
“It’s time to give back to the game we love so much, preserve its past and give to the future,” Ernie Gygax said in the press release.
The company’s plans are on kickstarter.com
The company claims its stretch goal is to raise enough money to buy a building for the museum.
It also claims to have two possible locations for the museum.
Epic Quest Publishing publishes a gaming system entitled “The Dragon Wars of Trayth.”
The game uses a role playing system inspired by the original Dungeons & Dragons games pioneered by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.
Gygax had the games printed in Lake Geneva and sold the first edition from his home in 1974.
Gygax died in 2008 at age 69.
His widow, Gail Gygax, is currently raising funding and working on the final design for a memorial for her late husband to be mounted in Donian Park.
The memorial and museum projects are not connected.
And funding for Epic Quest Publishing’s proposed museum may be a problem.
For the program to go forward, its kickstarter fundraiser must come up with $40,000 by Oct. 13.
According to kickstarter, the company has raised $1,759.
Plans for the museum include a hall of fame for authors, artists, designers and game masters, a place where special events can be scheduled with gaming celebrities, a free gaming hall open daily, and a location for national gaming tournaments.
The company estimates it would need $1.5 million to complete everything it would want in the museum.
According to the press release, modern role playing games “are a uniquely American concept that deserves to be memorialized in the place where it all began. For years the different genres have grown and competed for the market share. It’s time to set aside the differences and unite to create something we can visit, enjoy and be part of.”
Attempts to reach Ernie Gygax and Epic Quest Publishing were unsuccessful before deadline.