Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History

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. 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 An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketch...

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Title:Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History
Author:Kyle Newman
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B078QTFM9Y
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History Reviews

  • Benjamin
    Jan 07, 2019
    You should know, just from the title, whether this is a book you're interested in, and if you're interested in this book, you're going to like it. The authors have a good angle here, to review the history of D&D art, which is also the history of D&D. Each chapter is an editi...
  • Michael
    Jan 19, 2019
    Dungeons and Dragons holds a strange place in my life. I?ve been fascinated with it since I was very young and first found my stepbrother?s copies of the AD&D manuals and Dragon magazine. But my mom believed wholeheartedly in its reputation as a tool of the devil, so I was not ...
  • Phinehas
    Nov 01, 2018
    They rolled a perfect twenty on this one. ...
  • Julian
    Oct 28, 2018
    The commentary on the early days of D&D, including detailed commentary on the art (and where they stole it) were fascinating and better than several other accounts I've read. Toward the end, it lapsed into a pean to 5th Edition D&D which happens to be (surprise!) a major produc...
  • Kendra
    Jan 03, 2019
    A fascinating history! I especially like the pages that show the evolution of prominent monsters/characters. Love seeing how they improved on every edition/made it more playable! ...
  • Colin
    Nov 05, 2018
    A work of astonishing beauty and tremendous (for me) nostalgia, this book constitutes a visual history of the world's first and most popular role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. From its earliest roots, this book traces the art that accompanied the first iterations of D&D (some...
  • Scott Frank
    Dec 05, 2018
    One of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time; every page brought memories of fun, friends, and adventure. The art is incredible, and since much of it is reprinted larger than the originals, sometimes you got to see things you'd never noticed before. The writing is top-not...
  • Vivian
    Jan 04, 2019
    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 implies. The compilation of visuals include illustrations from the various guides f...
  • Hesper
    Dec 28, 2018
    Pros: -exactly as advertised: a visual history -heaps of terrible old D&D art -tight rundowns of all major turning points in D&D history Cons: -scant depth to the accompanying commentary -unironically hagiographic tone (extended to said terrible art, even) -the conclu...
  • Daryl
    Jan 12, 2019
    D&D isn't something I was into as a kid, and in fact I've only developed an interest as my own tween has become interested. This visual history was really fascinating, and I enjoyed seeing how the game and its art evolved into what it is today. ...
  • Christian
    Nov 12, 2018
    This was incredibly heart warming and nostalgic for me. It was good to see what was going on behind the scenes at times because as a hobby enthusiast I knew something was going on. The history is brief and concise and although it is selfish to say, I wish there was more artwork. It was...
  • Ethan
    Jan 14, 2019
    A bit hagiographic (well, a lot hagiographic) but a good crash course in some of this history. If you hang around dnd nerds often enough you probably know a lot of this stuff, but there's a lot of primary sources and a boatload of art to make the repeat info not totally worthless. As a...
  • Chris Bauer
    Jan 19, 2019
    So, yeah. I was a D&D freak though middle school and high school, along with millions of others during the 80's and 90's. I vividly recall seeing the very first Monster Manual when I was around eight years old and being spellbound by the pictures and descriptions. Had no clue i...
  • Adam Whitehead
    Dec 09, 2018
    In 1974 Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson created a different type of tabletop game. Dungeons and Dragons became the world's first and most popular roleplaying game. For thirty-four years it ruled supreme and unchallenged, until a problematic fourth edition and the rise of the rival Pathfind...
  • Tobias Asplund
    Nov 01, 2018
    Brilliant and beautiful history of the world's greatest role playing game. ...
  • Zedsdead
    Jan 14, 2019
    Thorough history of the creation and evolution of D&D, from its roots in wargames through acquisitions by WotC and Hasbro, and responses to an ever growing and changing geek culture landscape. With tons of classic artwork, ads, pictures, and spreads showing the many iterations of t...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    Oct 24, 2018
    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 beautiful comparisons of a variety of sorts and great art drawn from many licensed...
  • Guillermo
    Jan 07, 2019
    He disfrutado enormemente este libro. Por sus ilustraciones, por la calidad del mismo, por la historia... por muchas cosas. Juega a mi favor que lleve más de 30 años jugando al rol y que mis comienzos fueran con la mítica caja roja de D&D Básico de Dalmau. He vivido casi ...
  • Julian Meynell
    Dec 27, 2018
    This is a history of D&D, primarily a visual history. The book focuses most on the early years, through first edition and is at its best there and is full of little details. As one might expect, it is a bit sketchy on the latest edition, but the present always suffers in history bo...
  • Bookwraiths
    Nov 14, 2018
    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 no stone unturned in its effort to fully tell the story of Dungeon & Dragons fr...
  • Aidan Hennessy
    Nov 21, 2018
    Fantastic visual look at the history of D&D. ...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Dec 31, 2018
    I absolutely loved flipping through this gorgeous book of art from the 40+ year history of D & D. It does an amazing job of highlighting the contributions that hundreds of people have made to this game, and the ways it has sparked so many people?s imaginations. I?m very interes...
  • Jonathan Hicks
    Oct 17, 2018
    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 Larry Elmore cover of the Red Box D&D Basic Set. The warrior lunging forward ...
  • Mary Catelli
    Oct 24, 2018
    A history of D&D. Heavy emphasis on the visual elements. Man, that early art was cheap and amateurish. Sometimes fun, to be sure. Picks up as it goes on. Also, there are maps, which gives me deep philosophical thoughts about the way dungeon crawls would be hard to make a novel ...
  • Nicole Westen
    Jan 03, 2019
    This wasn't so much a tour of the art of Dungeons and Dragons, although it says it in the title and a lot of art is included, but a history of the game through it's material culture. No only was the art discussed but also other trappings of material culture such as candy (sure as hell ...
  • Patrick St-Denis
    Oct 30, 2018
    I knew that Ten Speed Press were working on an illustrated tribute to Dungeons and Dragons. But I must have been sleeping at the wheel, for I had totally forgotten that Dungeons and Dragons: Art and Arcana was about to be released. It's only when the package showed up in my mailbox tha...
  • James Adams
    Jan 04, 2019
    This is a tricky one to review. As an artistic history of D&D, it's almost flawless, but the text is a dry and cursory telling of the story thus far. For what is essentially the biography of a game, there are almost no discussions of the mechanics and ideas of its gameplay. while t...
  • Scott Summerton
    Jan 12, 2019
    A monstrous look at 45 years of Dungeons & Dragons art, everything from the historic predecessors to components from every version up through today, along with virtually every aspect of the licensing it's seen the entire time. Not only do we get a history of D&D as a product...
  • Malum
    Nov 15, 2018
    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 that will surprise them, although it is extremely comprehensive. Gary Gygax, the sata...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    Dec 10, 2018
    This had me in full throttle geek mode from start to finish. It's probably the best book in the world. ...