I wrote this five months ago and in the wake of Dave Arneson's passing I'm going to copy and paste it below.
Remember that old Marvel Comics series? No? That’s OK. I’m playing it today anyway here at Ye Auld Grog and Blog. What If…Dave Arneson, rather than Gary Gygax, had wrested control of D&D? What If, by some strange twist of fate, Gary had returned to the insurance business, and left the direction of D&D to Blackmoor’s creator, Dave Arneson?
Less prose and more punch
Less realism and more free wheelin’
Less medieval and more alien invasion
Less tables and more what the f**k just happened
Less concern about standardized tournament rules and more kung-fu theatre
Less D&D is fantasy, and more D&D is anything you can imagine…D&D is a concept; not a place or time in history or mythology
I love me some Gygax ‘purple prose’ as James M calls it. On the other hand, I wonder…What If?
~Sham, Quixotic Referee