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Laurefindel

Adventurer
Hum, hesitating between something from the Paterson/Dragonlance series for the first impression of « so this is what D&D is about » and something from DiTerlizi/Planscape for the later « this is the game for me » moments.
 



vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
I must say, to the 11 y-o me who got the 3.X PHB as a loan by an older neighbor so I could use it as inspiration for my (bad) drawings, the art for the iconic characters are forever branded on the surface of my brain. They were cool, sexy (yes, even Tordek!), had a ridiculous number of belts and, for a kid who did not speak muck of english back then, explained better than any word the world of D&D.

I had a huge crush on the druid:

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Greg Benage

Adventurer
How has nobody cited this one yet? This is THE iconic D&D image as far as I'm concerned, right down to the party puzzling over their map while the two rogues in the back are prying out a gemstone from an idol and you just know something bad is going to happen when that gem pops loose.

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After 40 years, I'm still not sure. Is he holding something or giving them a thumbs up? "Like, hey man, I know I was out of spells and wasn't much help, but I knew you guys could do it."
 


Quickleaf

Legend

I think this was a Jim Holloway from the Basic D&D set... but maybe I'm misremembering? I think it was the same era as Bargle and Aleena, when Mystara was the default setting. Something about that simple daily life image of "demihuman" PCs stuck in my mind; even today, it inspires me to imagine a story explaining what they're talking about.
 

The Glen

Adventurer

I think this was a Jim Holloway from the Basic D&D set... but maybe I'm misremembering? I think it was the same era as Bargle and Aleena, when Mystara was the default setting. Something about that simple daily life image of "demihuman" PCs stuck in my mind; even today, it inspires me to imagine a story explaining what they're talking about.
That's a Larry Elmore. His women tend to have the same face.
 

dnd4vr

The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
Did we just do this thread a few months back?

Anyway, this is the defining image for me:

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I bought one of the poster prints from Elmore's website, but am waiting to get it framed. :)
 

Retreater

Legend
That's a Larry Elmore. His women tend to have the same face.
Larry Elmore lives not too far from my small town in Kentucky. One of my friends modeled for his fantasy art (years after his TSR days). So the more contemporary "Elmore look" might be my friend.
 



Stormonu

Legend
Well, I suppose I should first show the one my avatar is based on....


Or, as I like to call it, Ringlerun the later years. (I associate with Ringlerun more than Kalak)

But this will be the one that always comes to mind



Players: "We slew a dragon!"
DM: "Suuure you did."

In fact, it sort of reminds me of the scene in Jaws where they've strung up the "wrong" shark.
 

Jack Hooligan

Explorer
I'm double dipping into this thread, but I wanna share one more piece that influenced me a lot in the early years. As a fan of the Rankin-Bass LotR/Hobbit cartoons, haflings were something I wanted to adventure as. The following Jeff Dee image set up the idea that they could be athletic/heroic in build which was a cool new take for my young mind. I ran all sorts of halflings after this.


Coming back to the game after many editions away...I'm less than plussed about the appearance of the 5e halfling.
 
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