Old School FRP
is a tumblr blog with a ton of illustrations and art from the golden age of Dungeons and Dragons and games that were totally not Dungeons and Dragons.
LARP - what is it?
- a comprehensive guide in comicbook form.
I do not want to spend too much time beating a dead war-horse, but your average D&D game consists of a group of white players acting out how their white characters encounter and destroy orcs and goblins, who are, as a race evil, uncivilized, and dark-skinned. To quote Steve Sumner’s essay again, “Unless played very carefully, Dungeons & Dragons could easily become a proxy race war, with your group filling the shoes of the noble white power crusaders seeking to extinguish any orc war bands or goblin villages they happened across.” I would argue with Sumner’s use of the phrase “could become,” and say that unless played very carefully, D&D usually becomes a proxy race war. Any adventurer knows that if you see an orc, you kill it. You don’t talk to it, you don’t ask what it’s doing there - you kill it, since it’s life is worth less than the treasure it carries and the experience points you’ll get from the kill. If filmed, your average D&D campaign would look something like Birth of a Nation set in Greyhawk.
- Race in Dungeons & Dragons
by Chris van Dyke, a powerpoint
talk given at Nerd Nite
. Via Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog where there's a smart discussion going on about the essay
Fashion comes and goes, but art that might have come from the side of a van is forever. The cover artists from Dragon magazine
, a staple of my pimply years, all have websites now, from Keith Parkinson
to the ghastly Clyde Caldwell
to Larry Elmore
(who is putting his old Dragon
, online). The grand master of bodacious barbarian babe art, Frank Franzetta
, has a site, too. Relive your adolescence through gleaming swords, vanquished dragons, and hyperdefined musculature! (Warning: Not all pictures are work-safe.)