Monday, June 21, 2010

A Miniature of Dave Arneson

Some people get a statue in their honor. How should we best commemorate Dave Arneson? At the Maritime Mayhem event back in April, some of the attendees were discussing the matter with Dave's Daughter, Malia Arneson Weinhagen .

The idea of erecting a statue in Dave's memory might not have been something this modest man would have been comfortable with, Jeff Berry stated afterwards:

"we all agreed that if somebody had suggested this idea to Dave, he would have laughed his head off and very kindly told you that you needed to go soak your head in a bucket of water as your brain was obviously overheating; statues in the town square seemed silly to him. "

If not a statue, then what kind of a token could be made so that Arneson's many fans could remember him? Jeff continues:

I thought that running games for people to have fun with and at would be a more fitting tribute, and Malia [Arneson Weinhagen] agreed with me as she watched the mayhem and happiness unfold around the game table. We also talked about a Dave Arneson figure for people to have for games, and I'm going to see what I can do about that. Glasses, beard, and that Cheshire Cat grin; what more do you want in a wandering monster, eh?
 A miniature then, in the shape of the game designer himself to be used on every gaming table? This is something I would love to get my hands on.

(The fake miniature illustration was made using the software on this site) 



  1. That's a great idea. I hope something comes of it.

  2. There was some similar talk about doing a Gary mini at various points after his death, too. Perhaps an "Grandmasters of RPG Designers" minis set would be in order?


  3. Allan, that is an even better idea. I would love to have the set, perhaps also with Bob Bledsaw along with Dave and Gary. :)

  4. There's one for Gary Gygax now:


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