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    What pictures and images you think this is dungeons and dragons right here this is what it's all about.

    For me it's the AD&D 1st players handbook cover. Theyre not on an epic quest (to the readers knowledge) they aren't the chosen ones, they can't take on entire armies on their own, they're just men with swords (and a magic-user) out for treasure and maybe some lizardman blood. Man, I don't care what edition you play, long live dungeons and dragons!

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    These two pics pretty much embody what it means to be an adventurer in D&D, to me at least.

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    I guess I'm sort of an explorer at heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost_warlock View Post
    These two pics pretty much embody what it means to be an adventurer in D&D, to me at least.

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    I guess I'm sort of an explorer at heart.
    you've more than adequately covered the basics, here.
    A lot of old illustrations work for me, but more by association with the game than as just art.

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    While I don't have images, the travel scenes of the newly created Fellowship, as well as the camp scene (before the crows) always put me in a D&D party spirit.

    Also, in a similar vein, the loading screens while traveling in the Original Baulders' Gate give me a similar feeling (though that one might be cheating).
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    The cover of Dragon Magazine #161 just really says "this is D&D" to me. You'll probably get a much better quality image by googling "Dragon #161" though.
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    For those first two, I don't mean just the art. I mean the whole thing.
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    Yes, those are old, but when I started playing, this is what a Magic Missile looked like:
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    Sort of cheating, but:

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    Also probably cheating,

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    [Pictures of awesome]
    Oh yes, absolutely. That red box right there was what finally got me into trying out roleplaying games out for real. Awesome times. I never did get my hands on the Expert Rules, though, so we were stuck with the basics for a very long time. Luckily I had access to the two rulesets that come after Expert (Master? Hero? I have translated copies so not quite sure on the names) that I could draw inspiration from, so we did end up going on quite epic adventures with our low level heroes.

    I suppose that scarcity of resources and patchwork use of rules was what got me into heavily favouring rule 0, as well. Good times.
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    This picture always reminds me of both D&D and The Silmarillion. In most fantasy settings, that human or elf would be totally screwed. However, if he happens to be a Duskblade 20 or Warblade 20, then that giant monstrosity of a dark god is about to get his ass handed to him.

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    These for me. There's one more I want to put in here, but I'm a bit pressed for time so it'll have to wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikitaDarkstar View Post
    These for me. There's one more I want to put in here, but I'm a bit pressed for time so it'll have to wait.

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    Wow. A good picture of Mialee. Who'd have thunk it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quietus View Post
    Wow. A good picture of Mialee. Who'd have thunk it?
    Are we sure its Mialee, don't remember her making big with the skull motif. Plus, you know, the chick in the pic doesn't look malformed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hangedman1984 View Post
    Are we sure its Mialee, don't remember her making big with the skull motif. Plus, you know, the chick in the pic doesn't look malformed.
    Looking on the webpage of the artist, it really looks to me like she painted herself into the picture.

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    Any picture of a Beholder says "This is not serious fantasy. It is merely a large bag of combat options with no meaning."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay R View Post
    Any picture of a Beholder says "This is not serious fantasy. It is merely a large bag of combat options with no meaning."
    While I wouldn't necessarily call D&D "serious fantasy" (whatever that means) I actually really like the fluff behind beholders. I mean, what's not to love about a xenophobic many-eyed monstrosity vying for world domination? Honestly, it sounds like something that could easily have been ripped directly from the pages of H.P. Lovecraft (not that a lot of D&D wasn't; I just can't think of an exact beholder equivalent.) And all things considered, Lovecraft has done pretty well in the "being taken seriously" department.

    On that note:
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    There was a thread on these boards a while ago, before the reformat I think, which contained quite a few very epic images. Does anyone have them saved?
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    Any picture of a Beholder says "This is not serious fantasy. It is merely a large bag of combat options with no meaning."
    I wish I could remember where I read it to give them credit, but somewhere I read someone discussing the Beholder as a perfect metaphorical representation of pure avarice. It is nothing but a blob of eyes to covet everything around it and a massive mouth to consume everything in its path; greed and gluttony in physical form.

    Taken that way, Beholders can become pretty interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lapak View Post
    I wish I could remember where I read it to give them credit, but somewhere I read someone discussing the Beholder as a perfect metaphorical representation of pure avarice. It is nothing but a blob of eyes to covet everything around it and a massive mouth to consume everything in its path; greed and gluttony in physical form.

    Taken that way, Beholders can become pretty interesting.
    Sounds like something out of Lords of Madness.

    Anyway... I started with the original Red Box, and when I was about 11 or 12 I started buying the 2e Complete (Class) Handbooks, so Larry Elmore's art will probably always feel like the 'definitive' D&D art style to me.

    Unfortunately most of the pictures I can find are pretty low resolution, but I do have a couple to contribute.

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    Is it bad that the first thing I noticed was how he really shouldn't be drinking tea in the lab like that?

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    Larry Elmore gets all the love in this thread, doesn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair_the_Vexed View Post
    Larry Elmore gets all the love in this thread, doesn't he?
    I'd say that's because he (along with Keith Parkinson & Jeff Easley) probably defined D&D artwork for a generation of players, myself included. I cut my teeth on AD&D after reading Dragonlance. So the images of Raistlin, Tanis, Tika, Sturm & the others always typify what a D&D party should be for me.

    I'd post an image but it'd be another Larry Elmore and work is preventing me. :) However, the cover of "Dragonlance Tales, Vol 1" is a great D&D image for me.

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    Icosahedrons.
    D&D itself is literally nothing without a world. Some images might bring to mind certain settings, a warforged screams Eberron for example, and during play, most of the action is going on without images except in our heads. But show me an icosahedron, and I think "d20".
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