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Ronnie James Dio

Okay, I'm a bit late to the party here. The man passed away three days ago. I get that.

But I felt like I should write something in tribute. I've been a gamer almost as long as I can remember: I began playing AD&D at the tender age of five back in 1979, sitting in the basement with my uncle who was in high school at the time, and his friends. My parents were in a Thursday (I think) bowling league at the time, and would drop us at my grandma's while they were out. My sister would sit upstairs with my aunts and I would make my way downstairs into the dungeon where my uncle and the "cool kids" I idolized hung out.

The DM, Alan, would spend about an hour every session creating a dungeon (mostly using the random generator tables in the DMG) while the rest of them did character stuff or just chatted back and forth. Indeed, one of the most clear memories I have of that is my grandma calling downstairs, "Johnny, don't you be teaching him anything bad dow…