As I’ve mentioned before on the site I was very fond of Dungeon and Dragons in my youth and in my later years I experienced one of the most epic campaigns I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. A FIVE year campaign. If that isn’t the epitome of epic I just don’t know what is. The whole time, I had two publications that I accompanied me, Dungeon and Dragon Magazine.
In my youth while visiting our local mall I would frequently come across the magazines Dragon and Dungeon while browsing through the bookstore. I would flip through them, Dragon in particular, but never actually started picking it up until I was much older, they were filled with supplemental info for D and D, had advice columns, and a few comics. Dragon began publication back in 1976 and would continue until 2007 when Wizards of the Coast turned it into an online only periodical which lasted until 2013.
Dungeon was more focused on offering a Dungeon Master play-tested modules to help expand the adventures of their players. So while I was always a player in a Dungeon and Dragons game I never felt compelled to pick any of those up.
While as I said I didn’t pick up the magazines when I was younger I would constantly find subscription advertisements for them, like you see at the top of the post, in the role-playing games I was purchasing like Marvel Super Heroes, Star Frontiers, and Gamma Word. It was the dream of many young geek, like myself, to one day have a subscription to both Dungeon and Dragon Magazine.
Until recently I don’t think I ever took a close enough look at the art in this ad. What kind of pants and shoes is this guy wearing? Is a he a modern person thrown into a fantasy world? Do they sell comfortable slacks in Waterdeep? What world is he from?
While I never benefited from home delivery, I did constantly read both of these quality magazines at my local book store when I got older. I even managed to pick up a few copies of my very own.
I ran an adventure as a DM that borrowed heavily from this section with a group of elf, dwarf and gnome adventurers finding themselves in a human dominated Central American mythos-based world. I didn’t know a ton about the history or even the mythology outside of “Deities and Demigods”, but I used my imagination and popular culture to fill in the blanks. It would become a very memorable set of adventures and one that the survivors would talk about for years afterwards.
So now, lets take a look at the art that inspired these adventures…
I have really been enjoying the Retroist’s recent stroll through some of the amazing artwork and characters that could be found from the original Dungeons and Dragons books. Which led me to wonder just what types of merchandise were made available for the 1983 animated series and that is how I stumbled across the existence of this 1983 View-Master set entitled “Castle Venger”!
Not only does it feature our familiar cast of Heroes and Villains from the CBS animated series but it also squeezes in the likes of Strongheart, Ringlerun, Mercion, and best of all…Elkhorn…who totally finds an amulet that wards off Umber Hulks. Which automatically gives this View-Master set a +5 to being an awesome collectible.
Now to be fair I should have said it seems they squeeze the kids from the D and D cartoon into this View-Master adventure and there are things that are a little different from the animated series…you know…like Venger controlling Tiamat.
Our celebration of the art of this wonderful book continues. Over the last few weeks we have looked at the Babylonian Mythos, American Mythos and the Arthurian Heroes, today I would like to show you the art from the section on the Celtic Mythos.
This section was a popular one and we had a few adventures in Druid-heavy Celtic worlds. I especially love the Wild Hunt which has a nice featured place in one of my favorite modules, “Castle Amber”.
Our celebration of the art of this wonderful book continues. Last week we looked at the American Mythos and the Arthurian Heroes, today I would like to show you the art from the section of Babylonian Mythos.
I always fixated on this section mostly because of the swell image of Marduk battling Tiamat. That dragon has all sorts of charisma.
We did not do much roleplaying in a Babylon-themed world sadly, but I could definitely see enjoying playing a Cavalier who worshiped Marduk.