RIP Dave Trampier

Another of the greats from the early days of the hobby has passed away. Dave Trampier, who lent his unique and wonderful artistic style to the early books and magazines by TSR, died on Monday at age 59. He turned his back on the RPG world many years ago, but we never turned our back on him.

Update: This news has been confirmed, and worst of all, comes just as it seems that Mr. Trampier was set to start a return to the gaming world, with a convention appearance. The tragedy, and loss to the gaming world, is doubled.

Some of my favorite pieces by the late, great, Tramp:

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Wargamer and RPG'er since the 1970's, author of Adventures Dark and Deep, Castle of the Mad Archmage, and other things, and proprietor of the Greyhawk Grognard blog.

5 thoughts on “RIP Dave Trampier

  1. Sad news. His DM Screen art sums up everything that is D&D, and his work for TSR still inspires the geek in me today.

  2. I'd say Mr. Trampier leveled up to immortality with that Player's Handbook cover.

    Condolences to family and friends.

  3. Too bad that someone who made such a name for himself in a field he wanted to completely forget… and it looks like that field is about the only one that will remember him.

    At least, thats what that nothing of an obit blurb makes me think.

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