One of the most important storytelling tools for me (and many others) remains the original “Dungeons & Dragons” role-playing game, created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, a perfect storm of counter-culture and tactical play that formed the basis for the first game to rely on performance art. I’m proud that I introduced the game to my elementary school where it was promptly banned due to excessive student attention but mainly because of the urban legend tale of the “kid who played so much Dungeons and Dragons that he went nuts in the sewers…” Our madness was staying home Friday night to eat pizza, endless bags of chips, cookies, and guzzle sodas while battling the spider queen in her lair… Thank God for Gary Gygax. “You walk into a tavern and toast…”
You knew Peter Marquardt as the white-suited villain from EL MARIACHI (1992) – I knew him as Moco and as “Peter” when we worked together at Ion Storm in one of those amazing moments from the late late 20th century. He introduced me to Robert Rodriguez at his home for a memorable evening among other Texas moments captured in my mind. Peter was fun to work with and fun to laugh with and that’s a good memory to carry. He’s also within the DNA of indie film history. Adios, Peter.