Friday, November 4, 2011
D&D Art: Examples of Dramatic Irony
I'm looking at examples of dramatic irony in the art of TSR D&D - and you don't need to go very far to find some :)
By dramatic irony I'm referring to examples where the viewer possesses more knowledge than the character(s) depicted in the scene.
This is perhaps the best I can think of 1) because it's Trampier, 2) because the guy off-camera to the right points at the spider and thus "freezes" the exact moment prior to the fighter getting his ass handed to him, thereby heightening the suspense. Given the legion of examples across TSR and Old School D&D these could also classify as comedic irony within the subculture.
I think this is the most iconic example, although there are examples in the AD&D PH, DMG, and MM.
Do you have any favourites?