Lore & Legends: A Visual Celebration of the Fifth Edition of the World's Greatest Roleplaying Game (Dungeons & Dragons)
An illustrated guide to Dungeons & Dragons’ beloved fifth edition told through interviews, artwork, and visual ephemera from the designers, storytellers, and artists who bring it to life.
When the reimagined fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons debuted in the summer of 2014, the game was on the brink of obsolescence. But within a few short years, D&D found greater success than it had ever enjoyed before, even surpassing its 1980s golden age. How did an analog game nearly a half century old become a star in a digital world? For the first time, Lore & Legends reveals the incredible ongoing story of Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition from the perspective of the designers, artists, and players who bring it to life. This comprehensive visual guide illuminates contemporary D&D—its development, evolution, cultural relevance, and popularity—through exclusive interviews and more than 900 pieces of artwork, photography, and advertising curated and analyzed by the authors of the bestselling and Hugo Award–nominated Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana.
Praise for Lore & Legends: A Visual Celebration of the Fifth Edition of the World's Greatest Roleplaying Game (Dungeons & Dragons)
“Mesmerizing . . . Lore & Legends is brimming with eye-popping concept art, photos, maps, archival materials and detailed notes.”—Yahoo! Entertainment
“Featuring everything from the game’s impact on our culture, exclusive interviews, and more than—brace for this, fellow nerds—900 (!) pieces of art, this is an absolute must-have for D&D fans everywhere or any general pop culture connoisseurs.”—Den of Geek
“[Lore & Legends] explores the impact the game has had on pop culture, inspiring numerous other games along with TV shows, books, movies, and actual-play series. The book is packed with art showing how products are developed and the way key characters and settings have changed over the decades.”—Polygon
“Wizards of the Coast has always provided plenty of inspiration in their resources and game modules to fuel the creativity of everyone at the table, and Lore & Legends celebrates that with gusto. The art alone is reason enough to add this tome to collections or even leave out on coffee tables to provoke intriguing conversations that could lead to future adventures.”—Comic Book Resources
“This book is a must-have for those that have been through the changes of this role playing juggernaut . . . In a world that seems to want to divide us, this game brings people together every single day; that alone is worth celebrating.”—Geeks of Doom
“The beautiful, full-color images that fill each page, and the history carefully told by the writers of the book, make this a critical piece for any collection. There is so much to learn about the worlds we have played through, and it gave me a new level of appreciation for the time and energy the creators put into the game to make it available to us as players.”—Gamepur
“A fascinating read for anyone interested in the history and culture of gaming.”—Geek Native