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Goblins, friends of old, travelers from distant lands: We're trying to compile the greatest Dungeons & Dragons style movies/TV shows of all time and find that our list of choices grows thin. Here is the list thus far: Ladyhawke Excalibur Solomon Kane Beowulf Conan Dragonslayer Beastmaster Immortals Clash Of The Titans The Huntsman: Winter Soldier Winter's War The 13th Warrior We're excluding the two most successful realizations, Lord Of The Rings and Game...
This article started out as "The Top 10 Dragon Magazine Covers With Monsters That Are Not Dragons". What It Became It kind of became just "Weird Monsters Of Dragon". Maybe some of these aren't so unique and strange.  But a lot are. Since the 1970s, counting the "Best Of" issues, there are around 109 Dragon covers with some kind monster on the cover...
Aesthetics are critical in influencing others to adopt your ideas and opinions. But these visual and social cues have to be consistent and relatable.  Normalcy is currency. I don't care how many celebrities you get to talk about loving and playing Dungeons and Dragons on late-night talk shows. This is equivalent of Sean Connery telling you he collects 19th Century Old...
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about The Forests Of Leng, a fake Dungeons & Dragons manual shown in episode two of this season's True Detective. Unfortunately, only the spine of the book was clearly seen with the cover being intentionally obscured.  Now, for the first time, I can reveal the actual cover. Behold, The Forests of Leng! "... from...
During last Sunday's premiere episode of True Detective, while Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) is searching a residence, the camera pans across — and lingers on — an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons supplement titled The Forests Of Leng. However, no book with that title exists in the D&D archives. What Is This Secret Tome? The title is a clear reference to The Plateau of Leng, a desolate tundra which...
The Complete Elmore Volume II: Black and White is similar to the The Complete Elmore Volume I that we recently discussed here at Film Goblin, except this book contains all of Elmore's black and white artwork (over 700 illustrations). The coolest thing about this book are preliminary drawings for some of his iconic pieces. The book can be purchased here. Below is a sampling...
The Complete Elmore: Volume I is an autobiography of the legendary TSR artist Larry Elmore that also contains every single piece of color artwork that he created in his entire career through 2012. Arguably the most popular D&D affiliated artist of all time, this book is a must for his fans, which is pretty everyone that rolled a d12 when...
Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, a new coffee table book that includes tons of great images over the first 45 years of the game's publishing history, is fantastic. When I say "publishing history" I don't just mean gamebooks, this thing has comic books, toys, ads. Pretty much anything you can think of is in here. Clocking in at over 400 pages and...
What Do I Mean By "Best"? To me, the best Dragon covers tell a story. It's not just a wyrm breathing fire, an armored knight on dragon-back or even the artwork alone. There has to be something interesting going on inside the painting. Of course, to qualify for this list it has to feature an actual dragon in some official sense of...
An Evening Cab Ride It was a cool February evening in Carbondale when Southern Illinois University student Arin Thompson stepped into a well-worn taxi cab. The driver Dave was friendly enough but rather quiet. Usually that was a good trait to have in a cabbie, but in this case, it was a not what Arin needed. Arin was writing an article on...

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