In honor of GM’s Day

I wrote this filk of Shakespeare’s Henry V “St. Crispin’s Day” speech when Gary Gygax died in 2008. I thought I’d repost it here.

To misquote the Bard:

He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Game Master’s.’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say ‘These wounds I had on Gee Em’s day.’
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall their names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Gary the King, Arneson and Stafford,
Jackson and Miller, Rein-Hagen and Perrin*-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Gee Em Gee Em shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that rolls his dice with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That gamed with us upon GM’s day.

*Gary the King = Gary Gygax
Arneson = Dave Arneson, Gary’s co-author
Stafford = Greg Stafford, creator of Runequest
Jackson = Steve Jackson, creator of GURPS
Miller = Mark Miller, creator of Traveller
Rein-Hagen = creator of the Storyteller System
Perrin = Stafford’s co-author


About docryder

I'm an experienced table top gamer with an open mind to new game systems. I'm looking to explore ideas I've got. Some are pretty meta, some are pretty mundane. Welcome to my world.

Posted on March 4, 2014, in Metagaming, Personal History. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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