Dungeon Master: The Life and Legacy of Gary Gygax: "It's a weekday morning in the early 1950s. You can choose to go to school and max out your grade point average, or you can play hooky and go explore the sepulchral system of tunnels underneath the old Oak Hill Sanitarium, an abandoned insane asylum near the lake. What do you want to do?
Like most kids, Gygax wanted to be the hero of his own life. 'There's a call to adventure,' he says. 'It's something in the inner psyche of humanity, particularly males.'
He was very bright, but tunnel-crawling held a lot more appeal than grinding away in the classroom. 'I hated school, didn't like the discipline,' he says. He dropped out in his junior year."