So I might be coming a little late to this party (having played D&D and AD&D for about 25 years before switching to 3rd edition and its spawn) but I recently discovered something very cool about infravision…
What I recently discovered is that “infra” is the latin word for “below”. So, infravision literally means “below vision”. Given most early adventures took place in subterranean dungeons I think this is another example of Gary’s love of word play. Of course, I could be seeing a connection here where none really exists, but I prefer to think Gary knew exactly what he was doing.
Sadly, with the advent of 3rd edition infravision become darkvision. At the time I always wondered about this change as it seemed more than a little pointless. I now can only assume this is because the designers thought more adventures would take place outside in the dark and therefore infravision was a dated term.
What do you think? Was Gary being cunning? Or is the name just lucky happen-stance? Let me know, in the comments below!
And—if you share my love of word play, why not check out my new book, Cool Words for Gamers!
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