Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History Review

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 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.

Title:Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Bookwraiths

    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 n...

  • Malum

    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 tha...

  • Jonathan Hicks

    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...

  • Shannon Appelcline

    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 ...

  • 11811 (Eleven)

    This had me in full throttle geek mode from start to finish. It's probably the best book in the world....

  • Mary Catelli

    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 phil...

  • Julian

    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...

  • Tobias Asplund

    Brilliant and beautiful history of the world's greatest role playing game....

  • Aidan Hennessy

    Fantastic visual look at the history of D&D....

  • Phinehas

    They rolled a perfect twenty on this one....