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Dave Arneson
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    (October 1, 1947-April 7, 2009)
    Born in Hennepin County, Minnesota
    With Gary Gygax co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons (1974)
    Founded the computer company 4D Interactive Systems (1978)
    Taught game design at Full Sail University in Florida
    He admitted that he moved from wargames to fantasy partly because 'It was easier for me to referee,' since the players could not dispute the historical accuracy of his decisions.
    Early on, he used rock, paper, scissors to resolve combat.
    He filed five lawsuits against Gygax and TSR over credits and royalties.
    After Gygax died, he admitted 'We never reconciled.'
    He made a cameo appearance in the crappy Dungeons & Dragons movie (2000).
    While Gygax concentrated on rules and dice, he emphasized the role-playing elements, noting 'You can have a crappy set of rules and if you've got a good storyteller, you can still make it work. Or you can have great set of rules and a lousy storyteller for a referee and it doesn't matter.'
    When fundamentalists called D&D a cult, he joked 'I don't feel like a cult leader, but if anyone wants to make donations....'
    He taught special education students.
    His daughter Malia noted, 'The biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life.'

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