Le Noir Faineant wrote:
Oh, let me clarify, I think you're absolutely right.
If Wizards handled their stuff responsibly, they would have to mention Arneson.
I think this is more of an oversight to be honest. I could see plenty of situations where it might be natural to mention Gygax and not Arneson, but 1974 is not one of them.
Now, I can see where they are coming from. D&D had not two dads, but at least ten.
Giving everyone the respect he deserves, they would be honoring and dedicating, endlessly.
Only two individuals are credited as the creators of the game. While others have certainly helped even in the early stages, these never made claim to that title, recognizing themselves that while their efforts may have been important, it was secondary to that of the two creators. But I dont think these others factor into that text at all.
I suspect they want to dodge the question why there is no Arneson memorial.
A memorial to both creators would be awesome, but I think a statue of Gygax alone is justifiable given the man's effort not just in creating the game, but also in his continued effort over the years for the hobby. Ultimately, WotC is simply supporting an initiative that is not theirs. If someone set up an initiative to build some memorial to Dave, WotC might even be persuaded to support that as well? If it didnt cost them much and would be believed to give them good PR they would probably do it.