Old School Inspirational Art Thread

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TristramEvans

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Some Folk Horror by Natalie Shau

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Great thread Tristram, some of this stuff is just overwhelming in terms of the ideas for a campaign, the art in #48 for example.

Bisley is obviously an ass man.
He even has monsters with their arse turned to the viewer, apparently it's an influence from Frazetta. Out of context I might find it silly, but somehow it suits Swords and Sorcery, makes them look prototypical or something.
 

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Great thread Tristram, some of this stuff is just overwhelming in terms of the ideas for a campaign, the art in #48 for example.

The Barlowe Inferno stuff? Yeah, that is pure imagination gold. I got the book he released way back when collecting the series, and it's such a powerful version of Hell, iconic in a way that's instantly recognizable yet completely different from the Gustave Dore representation that's been the archetype for generations.
 

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Well, half the pictures I've uploaded won't show up. Not sure what's going on with that.
 

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Can I resurrect this? Someone on MeWe shared these from the book Down in the Dungeon:
Those are some pretty good pieces. I've actually wondered where the lizardman swashbuckler one had come from.

So I've found the book on Amazon and Goodreads, but I'm still not quite clear - is it a module, or more of an art book?

EDIT: A bit more research and I've answered by own question - a copy on eBay has the following description:
Noble Knight Games said:
Book of color illustrations detailing Zarakan's Dungeon, an extensive underground complex, complete with all its nasties. The idea behind the book is that the DM provide the descriptions and statistics to go with the pictures.
 
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It's a shame how much art in this thread has been reduced to red X's in the last year. Wish I had the free time to go back and repair them, but for now the road goes ever on...
 

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This is 25yrs old now, so it could be classed as 'old-school' (depends on who is viewing it)

Always liked this scene from the front cover from Pendragon 4th edition:
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you whippersnappers! this year is my 40th year playing!
So I wasn't even born when you started playing:tongue:!

Ah well, at least you like Mythras, too. Does that mean your tastes are modern, or that I like games that tend towards the old-school ethos:grin:?
 

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So I wasn't even born when you started playing:tongue:!

Ah well, at least you like Mythras, too. Does that mean your tastes are modern, or that I like games that tend towards the old-school ethos:grin:?

I care less about their age and more about if they are smartly put together. I think I've gone from new shiny to heavily polished. I find myself more and more irritated with stupid math errors and typos in games, or new mechanics that don't really add anything, or bad assumptions being made and not accounted for. This tends to mean older system on a later edition, or maybe a very old system on like it's 12th edition ;)
 

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I care less about their age and more about if they are smartly put together. I think I've gone from new shiny to heavily polished. I find myself more and more irritated with stupid math errors and typos in games, or new mechanics that don't really add anything, or bad assumptions being made and not accounted for. This tends to mean older system on a later edition, or maybe a very old system on like it's 12th edition ;)
Well, no wonder you like Mythras. We should get you playing Traveller, too:smile:!
 

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Well while we're being nostalgic, I remember that I transitioned from Fighting Fantasy gamebooks to fully fledged rpgs way back, during my last semester in my first year of Secondary School

So that's about 1985...

Arnie was still Conan, and Lord Of The RIngs was a hippie geek's book (although some of us had also seen Bakshi's animated movie). I was trying to chase down those Thieves World books that were so hard to find down here at the time. I think I ended up finding Terry Brooks and Raymond E. Feist first.

Back then Dungeons & Dragons was this cool game that we had seen the kids on ET playing; we wanted in on that action, but the Satanic Panic hit big, forcing us to outsource non-D&D games until D&D reinvented itself with the Dragonlance series where everyone was 'Heroes', and not low-down treasure looters who were somehow gonna turn you into Devil worshippers, heh heh that was a killjoy thing if ever there was. Especially that godawlful D&D animated series that showed up later; that kept many of us away from most things D&D until our college years

So although I did manage to play TSR D&D with some 'satellite' friends, my main group was into RuneQuest, MERP, Rolemaster, and one dude had the Traveler books. Plus lots of old White Dwarf magazines until WFRP showed up.

And life was good :thumbsup:

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"And you tell that to the kids of today, they won't believe you!" :grin:



Okay, back to the artwork...!
 
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Too much good stuff to appreciate in this thread, I have to stop myself from just gorging on it and take a more leisurely look later. I like pretty much all the OSR and weird fantasy stuff.
 
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