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A deluxe slipcase edition of the illustrated guide to the history and evolution of Dungeons & Dragons, with one-of-a-kind art from Hydro74, one of the most acclaimed contemporary D&D artists; frameable, high-quality reproductions of truly unique native art; and a facsimile reproduction of Gary Gygax’s never-before-seen, historic first draft of the Tomb of Horrors adventure—a rarity many thought was lost to the ages.

Dungeons & Dragons is one of the most iconic and pervasive gaming franchises in the world. It is a seminal RPG (role-playing game) and the inspiration for video games like World of Warcraft and Zelda, fantasy art, and countless other facets of “geek culture.” This officially licensed illustrated history provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the game, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy. It features more than 700 pieces of artwork—from each edition of the game’s core books, supplements, and modules; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; classic advertisements and merchandise; and 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 the game. 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 it the ultimate collectible for the game’s millions of fans around the world.

About the Author

MICHAEL WITWER is the author of the critically acclaimed Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons, a GeekDad Best Book of 2015. Michael is widely considered an expert on D&D history and has spoken on the topic at Google as part of its Google Talks series, on NPR’s All Things Considered, and at major book and gaming conventions such as the Boston Book Festival, Gen Con, and Origins. KYLE NEWMAN is a writer/director whose directorial work includes Fanboys, written by Ernie Cline, and the music video for Taylor Swift’s “Style.” JON PETERSON is a widely recognized authority on the history of games. His book Playing at the World was called “the first serious history of the development of Dungeons & Dragons” by the Village Voice. SAM WITWER is an actor best known for his lead role in the SyFy series Being Human, for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award. He also voiced protagonist Galen Marek/Starkiller in the successful multimedia project Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, as well as the Son and Darth Maul in Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. His other on-camera work includes featured roles in Once Upon a Time, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and Dexter.

Product Details

  • Illustrated
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Games & Activities / Role Playing & Fantasy