Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana [Special Edition, Boxed Book & Ephemera Set]: A Visual History

December 25, 2019 - Comment

A deluxe, special edition package containing art prints, ephemera, and the illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game as told through the paintings, sketches, and illustrations behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity. FINALIST FOR THE HUGO AWARD • FINALIST FOR THE LOCUS AWARD • NOMINATED FOR THE DIANA JONES AWARD From

A deluxe, special edition package containing art prints, ephemera, and the illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game as told through the paintings, sketches, and illustrations behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity.

FINALIST FOR THE HUGO AWARD • FINALIST FOR THE LOCUS AWARD • NOMINATED FOR THE DIANA JONES AWARD

From one of the most iconic game brands in the world, this official DUNGEONS & DRAGONS illustrated history provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the brand, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy. Inside the book, you’ll find more than seven hundred pieces of artwork—from each edition of the core role-playing books, supplements, and adventures; as well as Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance novels; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; and classic advertisements and merchandise; plus 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 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. 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.

Contained inside a clamshell featuring original illustrations by superstar D&D artist Hydro74, this special edition includes 10 high-quality prints of classic DUNGEONS & DRAGONS artwork, as well as a pamphlet-sized, unpublished original version of the game’s most infamous adventure module and deathtrap Tomb of Horrors, written by DUNGEONS & DRAGONS co-creator Gary Gygax.

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Anonymous says:

Go with the Elmore Cover Version This is strictly my opinion. I bought the deluxe version and now regret it. First, I much more prefer the Larry Elmore cover. Second, i felt the extras were pretty lame. The Tomb of Horrors module repro is cool, but the “posters” are not all that. There is no Erol Otis poster-that is a major disappointment. There is one Roslof poster of one of his lackluster pieces, unfortunately. I could have saved myself quite a bit of money had i just gone with the book itself, so that is what I recommend,…

Anonymous says:

Book is fabulous. Dissapointed in the extras in the Special Edition. The book is amazing. A complete history of all that is D&D, from it’s beginning to today. They have some amazing pics in here. For the long-time D&D fan, this is THE book to own.I have been a HUGE D&D fan almost since the beginning. Growing up in WI, it was always a point of pride that TSR was an hour drive from my house, and GenCon was always “local” to me. When I first saw this book available for pre-order, I put in for my copy.Then the Special Edition was…

Anonymous says:

Great content – not the best packaging – great customer care The art, the stories, and the general content of the book have been great so far, and I really enjoyed the posters + Tomb of Horrors manual that were also attached. That being said, there were some issues with the packaging for it – one of my corners of the box was notable scuffed (due to poor package handling, I’m sure), but there are also areas around the spine/back of the box were the covering material is wrinkled, etc. and is thereby discolored, which really stood out to me against the…

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