It APPEARS that, even though there were false reports that he had passed away earlier this week, that Dave may no longer be with us. I wish there was a good way to confirm or deny this fact, but the internet being what it is, and anonymous, there's no way to truly do so. (Edit: People have pointed me to the DorkTower site. Perhaps I was just hoping for a press release, not word-of-mouth. But thank you; I appreciate the information.)
I've been crying about this for days now, and I will probably continue to cry about this for a while. His work gave structure to what, at age 9, was just another way to play Dress Up and Make Believe. He was kind to me once upon a time and granted me an interview for a school paper when I was a freshmen in highschool. Recently, when I was putting together a military outfit for a club night, I squealed in glee when I found the nametag "ARNESON" and bought it immediately and wore it that night with geeky pride.
I can barely type right now, actually, and I wish I could tell him how I feel. I'll be in mourning for a while.
Thank you for the last 23 years, Dave. Thank you for helping make me who I am today.