Saturday, 12 August 2017

Day 12. Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

You already know of my love for Elmore. You already know my answer.

Basic Set 1, Dungeons and Dragons, The Red Box, Mentzer.

I'm literally flipping through a copy my good friend Roger B. presented me from his visit to GameHoleCan last year. Signed by Frank Mentzer himself!

Every simple piece of art in the Players Manual elicits something unique about being a player. Even just shopping for equipment! Easley and Holloway are sprinkled lightly in the Dungeon Masters Rulebook, but Elmore dominates.

Aleena, Zombies, a glimpse of Bargle, magic missiles "on-target," the death of an NPC, shop keeps, a rust monster!, and even the entrance to the dungeon captured my attention. Later we get to see halflings, elves, dwarves, thieves, fighters, and more. All archetypes that were burned into my mind. 

The Red Box was, and is, the source of my love for the game today. Its art the very definition of inspiring: to fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Posted by caffeinated at 8:40 PM in d10