Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History

Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History

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An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity.

Dungeons and Dragons is the most iconic and pervasive gaming franchise in the world. It is a seminal RPG (role-playing game) and the inspiration for video games like World of Warcraft and Zelda, fantasy art, and countless other facets of "geek culture." This officially licensed illustrated history provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the game, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy. It features more than 700 pieces of artwork--from each edition of the game's core books, supplements, and modules; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; classic advertisements and merchandise; and never-before-seen sketches, large-format canvases, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind drafts, and more from the now-famous designers and artists associated with the game. The superstar author team gained unparalleled access to the archives of Wizards of the Coast and the personal collections of top collectors, as well as the designers and illustrators who created the distinctive characters, concepts, and visuals that have defined fantasy art and gameplay for generations. This is the most comprehensive collection of D&D imagery ever assembled, making this the ultimate collectible for the game's millions of fans around the world.

Title:Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399580949
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    Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History Reviews

  • Sean Gibson

    Dungeons & Dragons is the greatest game ever created by humans. (Snorksplat is the greatest game ever created by aliens, but that’s just because watching two wigblorps twerm a flabbertat is the most...

  • Dan

    Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History chronicles the history and evolution of Dungeons & Dragons, specifically the art.I was a heavy D&D player from ages 14 to about 25 so this piqued my i...

  • Vivian

    Don't let the visual history fool you, this is a fairly thorough history of Gary Gygax, D&D, TSR, etc. From basement game play to corporation to being bought out with all the rollercoaster ride that i...

  • Jonathan Hicks

    When I hit the D&D hobby in 1984 there was one image that burned into my brain, an image that called out to my imagination and set the tone for my fantasy tabletop gaming for years to come. It was the...

  • Malum

    This is exactly what it says it is: a history of Dungeons and Dragons with loads and loads of art. The history itself was ok. Anyone that is involved in the hobby probably won't find too much here tha...

  • Bookwraiths

    Great book. A mesmerizing trip down memory lane for myself. The amount of historical details here is quite astonishing. Every lover of D&D will devour and adore this history of the rpg, which leaves n...

  • Mattia Ravasi

    I was expecting this to be excessively self-celebratory, but in fact it offers a very insightful history of the game's evolution, and a modicum of criticism (from a "gamer's" if not cultural perspecti...

  • Andrew

    Okay without a further ado I will say this was a massive nostalgia trip - I was introduced to advanced D&D at uni and I was able to play through the Temple of the Elemental Evil model - not realising ...

  • 11811 (Eleven)

    This had me in full throttle geek mode from start to finish. It's probably the best book in the world....

  • Shannon Appelcline

    Art & Arcana is a stunning visual history of Dungeons and Dragons. It's got all of the famous art that you'd expect to see, much of it drawn from the original sources, without branding. It's also got ...