Tenfold Hate

Peculiar Blast From the d20 Past
December 1, 2008, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Dungeons & Dragons, Fantasy

If you played D&D in the eighties–or picked up an issue of Dragon magazine during that era, you’re probably familiar with this man’s work. Though the name David A. Trampier might not ring any immediate bells, you’ll recognize his distinctive fantasy illustrations if you were an RPG player back in the day. I’d love to find a solid online resource of his work since judging from this article, we won’t be seeing any printed anthology anytime soon. I found an old Angelfire site with an archive of the Wormy series he did for Dragon, but the links were dead. And god only knows who owns the rights to the artwork from all those old TSR rulebooks (Wizards of the Coast, presumably?).

I did manage to find a post over at Loth Beg with some nice examples of Trampier’s classic work for the unindoctrinated.

His work brings me back to a time when I had little more than a weekly allowance and my imagination to get me through the day. I bet a lot of these guys don’t realize what value their work had to younger people during the post-information highway age. Makes me wanna take a white crayon to a four-sided die…


Rest in Peace, Gary Gygax
March 4, 2008, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Dungeons & Dragons

I was deeply saddened when I came across the news that Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons and Dragons–and the man who, along with Dave Arneson, invented the RPG as we know it today–passed away. There’s no real way to measure the impact this man had on my adolescence. For over thirty years, Gygax fueled the imaginations of countless numbers of gamers and fantasy enthusiasts while unknowingly laying the groundwork for most of the systems still present in modern-day MMORPGs. The gaming world has lost it’s most iconic figure. My sympathies go out to his family. Shitty day.