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Dungeons & Dragons co-creator dies in St. Paul at 61

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Dave Arneson, a co-creator of the fantasy game Dungeons and Dragons, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

Arneson died peacefully in St. Paul hospice care.

The game of the ultimate geeks, Dungeons & Dragons is based on each playing creating a character and then following a particular adventure path. The game later inspired a slew of copycat games and sparked the popularity of role-playing.

While we never played Dungeons and Dragons, this quote from the Associated Press obit really stuck out as something anyone can appreciate, with or without D&D:

"The biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life," said his daughter Malia Weinhagen of Maplewood. "I think we get distracted by the everyday things you have to do in life and we forget to enjoy life and have fun. "But my dad never did," she said. "He just wanted people to have fun."
A public memorial service will be held April 20, from 4-8 p.m., at Bradshaw Funeral Home, 687 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul.