Well, the last week has been a bit of a stressful time around my area. Most of you have heard of Hurricane Michael. Well, let’s just say it impacted my area very greatly. Even though I’m almost 300 miles from where Michael came ashore, it was still a hurricane when it arrived at my home and had winds of up to 75 miles an hours with gusts greater than that.
Yes, it did feel like it was blowing just that hard.
Truly, it was quite the sight to see with huge trees ripped up like weeds, privacy fences blown across yards, power lines down sparking, and the wind roaring like a freight train on your front lawn. Then when the eye of the hurricane passed directly over my town (Yeah, I can now brag I’ve been in the eye of the hurricane, baby!) the relative silence was damn ominous. Really scary stuff.
Thankfully, my home only suffered minimal damage with some tress blown down, a privacy fence missing, and four days of no electricity in the majority of my town. People in other areas had (and still have) it so much worse, so I am thankful to have gotten through it with as little harm as we did.
I’m telling all this to explain my absence from the blog last week. Needless to say, the first part of the week was spent preparing for the hurricane, and the later part of the week was spent dealing with the aftermath. Hopefully, things will slowly return to normal, so don’t think I’ve left for good. I’m still here and trying to find some moments to read, and this week’s book arrived unexpectedly in the mail today.
Series: Visual History
Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 23, 2018)
Length: 448 pages
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.
Dungeons and Dragons is the most iconic and pervasive gaming franchise 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 this the ultimate collectible for the game’s millions of fans around the world.