D&D was (is) a HUGE influence on me, while there have been times where I may have abandoned the hobby of RPG's, I have always come back to it. Now that I am older I am comfortable with who I am and what I want to do, so it will be with me for the next 40 years.
It influenced me in writing and designing games, books and entire worlds.
I want to say thanks to Gary Gygax, and Dave Arneson (R.I.P to both),
you have fed my imagination and my free time and I cannot thank you
enough. People do not realize how much it impacted all types of games
our kids play today, it brought levels to gaming, races, classes and
much more, so even if you are not a player of D7d, your gaming has been
influenced by it, so take a second and thank it because most likely
something you play and do has been touched by this fantastic game.
picture above is a 6th edition white box set of the original D&D
that I was fortunate enough to have signed by both Arneson and Gygax at
the last GenCon that was held in Wisconsin. it is one of my favorite