I learnt through Facebook that former TSR artist Dave “Tramp” Trampier died earlier this week. There’s a very brief obituary here.

Tramp’s art was a major part of my AD&D experience. Not only did he have the cover of the Player’s Handbook – always the first rulebook you buy – he supplued several full page drawings in the Player’s Handbook, the Dungeon Master’s Guide and the Monster Manual. To this day, all my fantasy campaigns feature an inn or tavern called the Green Griffon, after a Tramp ink drawing in the DMG.

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