Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson has passed away at the age of 61 on Tuesday. He's credited with establishing the role-playing genre with the rulesets he created for the tabletop game.
Arneson's family confirmed his passing via a statement from his family published on roleplaying study blog Grognardia. "He was comfortable and with family at the time and his passing was peaceful," the statement read.
"The Arneson family would like to thank everyone for their support over the last few days, and for the support the entire community has shown Dave over the years."
The statement provides details on where fans can send well-wishes, and further info on Arneson's Minnesota viewing, which will be open to anyone wishing to pay last respects in person.
Arneson originally partnered with the late Gary Gygax in the early 1970s, and the first Dungeons & Dragons rulebook, co-authored by the duo, was published in 1974, shepherding its rise to cultural prominence.
He went on to further develop his pre-D&D Blackmoor setting in other scenarios after leaving Dungeons & Dragons owner TSR, and worked as a teacher of game and video game design at Full Sail University from the 1990s to 2008.
The RPG pioneer was also active with Florida-based video and paper game developer Zeitgeist Games, developing new versions of the Blackmoor property and other titles.