Skip to comments.David A. Trampier, Iconic Artist of Early D&D, Passed Away This Week
Posted on 03/29/2014 4:47:02 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
Anyone who grew up playing the beloved editions of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons will remember the detailed medieval fantasy artwork that made the role-playing games creatures and characters come to life. Artist David A. Trampier was the man who drew those illustrations. An Illinois newspaper is reporting that he passed away this week at the age of 59.
Trampier's renderings of wizards, giant spiders and lizardmen helped electrify the rules, storytelling and play experience of Dungeons & Dragons. But his whereabouts were a mystery for years because the artist faded into obscurity after D&D lodged itself into the consciousness of a generation of role-playing game fans. A remembrance at Tor.com says that he was considering doing the convention circuit this year. Sadly, with his loss, any stories that Trampier might've told about his contribution to the seminal role-playing game are gone with him. Condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
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I’ve just got home from my weekly 1st Edition game. Sad news.
I hosted a small band of D and D players, while living in CA. in the early 80’s. It was quite enlightening.
My Elven fighter/mage pauses for a moment of silence.
Ah man, still have that original book. I was going to play today, but wasn’t prepared enough.
Shame, he really sparked my imagination with his illustrations.
My character was a Hobbit, self-proclaimed nobleman, Sir Sidnevach who rode a Palfrey
RIP. Wormy was fantastic, you have to go back to some of the classic newspaper comic strips to find art like that. Writing was very solid also.
One of my fav. Tramp d&d illustrations has to be the intellect devourer in the MM1. That’s like something out of a Gustave Doré print, just awesome.
He had game, as the cool kids say.
Thanks for the D&D ping. My character was a human, Zot, a lawful-good magic-user.