In praise of ... Dungeons & Dragons

It was apt that Gary Gygax's death this week should be announced by the chief executive of a company called Troll Lord Games. After all, Mr Gygax was a co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons' role-playing game, and as one grieving interviewee put it: "He shaped an entire generation of gamers."

D&D, as afficionados call it, (more than 20 million people are estimated to have played the game since its invention in 1974), can mystify even those who give it a go.

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