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Ode To Dungeons & Dragons: R.I.P. Gary Gygax (1938 – 2008)

Millions of people have been inspired by the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, which was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson circa 1974.

Gygax, who is often referred to as "the father of the role-playing game" died today at his home in Lake Geneva, WI after suffering several years of health problems.

I'm one of many who've been impacted by the game. I started playing it in high school and continued through college. To this day D&D games I played decades ago still carry vivid memories. Playing the game can instantly brand you as a "geek", but in my eyes it will always be a brilliant and incredibly fun pastime.

In honor of Mr. Gygax I thought I would put together a playlist of songs that were inspired by, mention, or fit within the theme of Dungeons & Dragons. Some of these songs show the dramatic impact the game has had on popular culture and will continue to have for generations to come.

I may just have to dust off my D&D books and dice and start up a campaign. Anyone game?

The Dugeons & Dragons Playlist

1. D&D - Stephen Lynch

2. In The Garage - Weezer

3. Dungeon Master - Jumpsteady

4. Get Your Wicked On - Insane Clown Posse 

5. The Gnome - Pink Floyd

6. Rivendell - Rush

7. Blazing Hate - Dragonland

8. Dungeon Master (Featuring Nocturnal) - EPMD

9. White And Nerdy - Weird Al Yankovic

10. The Hobbit - Ten Years After

11. Dragon Slayer - Lee "Scratch" Perry

12. Gates Of Valhalla - Manowar 

13. Destroy The Orcs - 3 Inches Of Blood

14. Thousand Caves - Battlelore

15. Take It Back - Swollen Members

16. Dungeons And Dragons - Atmosphere 

17. Are You Going To Tell An Orc What To Do? - The Setup

18. The Chaos Theory - Jumpsteady

19. Behind The Paint - Insane Clown Posse 

20. Chant Of The Paladin - Dead Can Dance 

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