Help Recreate Gygax’s Heraldry!

I’ve been doing some volunteer work with the Gygax Memorial Fund, a worthy cause that’s devoted to building a statue in his honor in Lake Geneva. One of the things I’m hoping to put together is some items for the fund to give to donors that would have the Gygax heraldry on them – famously seen on the shield of the fighter in the DMG cover, and also featured in the logo of Gygax Games and the Memorial Fund.

Could someone with expertise in such things help me create a simple four-color version of just the shield heraldry, in a graphic format that would scale well to sizes from mini-keychain to T-shirt? We might also want to try some out that have a linked GG – Tim Kask told me that he’d used this form of his initials as a kind of logo, although I haven’t found any examples – or each of those initials in either lower diagonal of the shield.

Less immediately useful, but by no means are these contributions to be despised: how would you describe this shield in fancy heraldic speak? What is its lineage? What are all the ways Gary worked it into things he worked on?

10 Responses to “Help Recreate Gygax’s Heraldry!”

  1. 1 Tom H.
    June 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Something like “Argent, a fess azure and three lozenges gules.”

  2. 2 Sternum
    June 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I put together something really basic in Adobe Illustrator. You can check it out here:


    I included a version with a slight gradient background and one on pure white. Tell me if you need bigger diamonds, different shield shape, etc.

  3. June 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    No clue what it means. I think I’ve got a book on that somewhere around here though… If I find it, I’ll let you know what it means (if anything).

  4. June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    On the same website as Hexographer is a pretty neat heraldic graphics program that will let you do things like this in a trice!

  5. June 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks everyone! I will fool with the heraldic generator but it may not output in the right format. Sternum, your .ept is probably what I need but it’s choking my work computer – can you post it as a .jpg or .gif as well?

  6. June 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Better to put up a statue of that efreeti, since this is all for the advancement of black magic and all.

  7. June 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve got access to all the Adobe tools. If you run into a bind or need me to translate the eps drop me a note (ewilde1968@gmail.com.)


  8. 8 Sternum
    June 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Here’s a JPG:

    EPS or AI formats (vector art) are what you’ll want to use for wildly varying sizes (ie if you want to post this on a billboard on the Major Deegan Expressway).

  9. June 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    PDF can also work, depending on the target media.

  10. June 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    A blue bar in the middle usually means a river or a lake. This one looks like the flag of the city of Zug. The three rhombuses could mean anything. The simplicity of the coat of arms indicates that it is old, from high medieval period. The Gygax family seems to originate in the Bernese lowlands: http://www.verwandt.ch/karten/absolut/gygax.html. Because of the simplicity of the sign, I would say that either 1) the family is old royalty or (more likely) 2) the family took the sign of a location as their own.

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