Dungeons & Dragons fans are in for a treat with the release of Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana, an illustrated guide to the years of artwork published throughout the role-playing game’s long history. With the hobby surging in popularity, this book may prove to be a worthwhile acquisition for any adventurer interested in the visual history of the game. The book is officially licensed and gathers artwork from the earliest D&D game supplements in the 1970s up to the most recent examples of 5th Edition.
The best part? Not only did the book team have access to the vast archives of D&D owners Wizards of the Coast, they also were able to access the personal collections of top collectors of the game. There will be loads of rarities and hard-to-find/one-of-a-kind images that should enthrall any fan of the game.
The book is perfect for anyone just getting into the game or historians of the RPG hobby. So many aspects of modern pop culture have clear roots in D&D — games like Ultima, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft and even Ready Player One’s OASIS simulation all contain game mechanics originally found in D&D.
Compiled and written by authors Michael Witwer, filmmaker Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson and actor Sam Witwer, with a foreword by actor and “out” D&D fan Joe Manganiello, the book arrives Oct. 23 with a suggested retail price of $50.
At 464 full-color, photo-glossy pages, that’s a steal fit for any rogue! (And you can support Nerdvana with your Amazon pre-order.)
More information can be found at the official “Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana page over at Penguin Random House. Whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer to the game, this is an excellent place to learn all about the legacy and history of the “the greatest role-playing game of all time.