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I’m not usually the kind of gamer who buys art books and history books for our hobby. But this Art & Arcana book showed up in the mail and… gosh… it is pretty.
And when I opened the book at random, it thudded open straight to the Caves of Chaos. It is almost like the book KNEW what would hook me in.
If you are into the old school parts of D&D, this book is full of great bits and pieces of lore and history. Hand drawn maps from the old-timers in the hobby…
The cover studies for the original Chainmail rules…
And multiple comparative studies of monsters through the ages and editions like the beholder here (titled, horribly, “Evilutions”).
It even has the classic OD&D character sheet – in case you really needed a copy. 😉
But it is just crammed with amazing art. So many nostalgic feelings well up as I flip through this book. I still am not a fan of AD&D1e rules wise… but 1e books are just so tied up in youthful memories of delving through the arcane rules and material…
And weirdness. There’s a whole section for Erol Otus.
And this lovely spread of international old school.
A chapter touches on the classic video game translations of D&D…
And I’m going to close out this quick flip-through with this very recent and freaking awesome two-page illustration of the lovely and deadly Zuggtmoy.
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Geoff Nelson said:
I really wish they’d used the Sam Woods orcs from the 3e DMG. They were brilliant.
As a 1st ed guy, who also holds nostalgia for the BECMI line, I didn’t plan on a purchase of this book. But most of what you’ve shared here falls into my era. How much of the book would you say is devoted to the “2nd ed and on” eras, which don’t really interest me?
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Wine Guy said:
I need this book
I crave this book.
Andrew Glenn said:
Its in the basket now. How…..long……can……I………..resist