On this day in 1947, David L. Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, was born.
Mr. Arneson's role in the early days of the hobby is sometimes overlooked by people who know better, myself included. The dungeon as focus of play was born in his Blackmoor campaign, making possible the game we now recognize as D&D. At the very least, it's safe to say that, without Mr. Arneson, fantasy gaming might have been very different than it is today.
I'd like to extend my personal felicitations to him on the occasion of his 61st birthday and wish him health, happiness, and long life. He is one of the founders of our shared hobby; it's only right that he should be honored, not only on this day but throughout the year.
Happy Birthday, Dave!