This is one of the best tributes to what Gary Gygax created that I've read so far.
I never played D&D, although Chris did, and most of my friends in college were avid players. We went to Carnegie Mellon. We were geeks. We were damn proud of it.
I still am.
Geek culture rules. =)
(As a side note: my game of choice is Diplomacy. I ADORE that game. Seriously, why can't I find anyone to play it with me, now that I'm out of college and in the "real world"? There have to be other people out there who like screwing over their opponents as much as I do.)