Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I is for Inspiration

What inspires you? I want to know! Please chime in about what provides you with inspiration for your gaming efforts.

Me? Well, this isn't necessarily an exhaustive list, but here goes:

The art from the 1st and 2nd Edition eras of AD&D!

Artists such as Larry Elmore, Keith Parkinson, Frank Frazetta, Clyde Caldwell, Jeff Easley, Fred Fields, Todd Lockwood, Terry Dykstra (unsung hero of the interior art for the Rules Cyclopedia), Brom, Tim Bradstreet, Michael Whelan...but NOT Tom Baxa (at least not his D&D art...his other stuff is cool I guess)!

Authors such as George RR Martin and his mastery if intrigue, David Gemmell for his brutal heroism, Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkein, Fritz Leiber, Roger Zelazney, Raymond Feist, Glen Cook, Steven Erikson, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Richard A. Knaak, and the list could go on and on.

And also my fellow bloggers such as those found in this blog's Scroll of Honor blog roll. I give thanks to you all for your boundless energy, devotion to the game, and seemingly endless contributions to our hobby! This includes Al at Beyond the Black Gate, because I'm going to be making copious use of his compendiums from 2009, 2010, and 2011 (especially for the random tables)!

Ok, I don't want this post to ramble on forever, so that's all for now. Hope to hear from you out there!


  1. @Black Vulmea: that's awesome! I've read bits and pieces of The Three Musketeers over the years, but I need to go back and finish it once and for all.