by Alex Haglund for the Daily Egyptian
Dave Trampier is dead. In a sense he died in 1988, when he severed all contact with the gaming community and dropped off the radar. I mean, when an artist stops creating art, there is death of a sort; a death of creativity, a death of expression. Wanting to disassociate from TSR is one thing, but to stop creating is something else entirely. Sure, it was his choice and I am not going to speculate upon the circumstances, but I do bemoan the result. Whatever caused him to withdraw did not affect just him but deprived his fans – deprived the world – of twenty-five years of his art. I hope he is in a better place.