Erol Otus Illustration for the Advanced D&D Dungeon Masters Adventure Log (TSR, 1980)

D&D Adventure 1980

D&D Adventure 1980 Detail

The product is absolute nonsense, a flagrant money-grab; the illustration, however, is a definitive representation of the dungeon crawl. The main figures prepare to battle in three dimensions, while the bordering monsters, pitched in darkness, await the survivors in two (torches first, heroes; you can’t fight if you can’t see). Otus distills, in a single monochrome image, the suspense, danger, and otherworldliness of the fantasy RPG. See more early illustrations of role-playing here.

The Adventure Log is billed as the second “playing aid” produced by TSR for AD&D. The first was the AD&D Rogues Gallery (below), also from 1980, also illustrated by Otus.

D&D RG 1980

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5 Responses to “Erol Otus Illustration for the <em>Advanced D&D</em> Dungeon Masters Adventure Log (TSR, 1980)”

  1. 1 Kevin April 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

    What does it look like inside?

  2. 3 Brad Conrad April 29, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I tended to buy things (even useless things) just on the strength of Erol Otis’ art.

  3. 5 Samuel Ana July 18, 2016 at 3:48 am

    I have such great memories of AD&D in the 80’s. Has anyone seen the new Netflix series Stranger Things? Loved the D&D references!

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