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This geeklist collects images showing players engaged in pen&paper role-playing.

Most rulebooks contain a section explaining What is a roleplaying game?. But while this may be difficult and at the same time nauseatingly overdone already, there are relatively few attempts to depict role-playing. That's why I've started this list.

There are thousands of photos available, of course. I'm less interested in these. Instead, I'm looking for drawings etc. Please include as much information as possible: artist, source, date, title (if the picture has one), hyperlink...

What I find interesting, among other things, is to see how the artists try to make clear that we're seeing people engaged in an RPG, what is considered typical, how players are portrayed (age, gender, racial background), etc.
My first impression is that (apart from photographs) most depictions are humorous: cartoons, comics, surprisingly often inverted: fantasy creatures playing humans.

Symbolic stuff on the table: dice, GM screen, sheets of paper. Sometimes: rulebook, miniatures and a playing board.
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1. Series: Common Ground
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There's probably thousands of photographs of actual play out there. I'd say we don't need them all on this list. If you find any particularly worthwhile, post them as a comment to this item. Bonus points if it has an open licence that allows for sharing, reusing etc.!

For a start, there are several photographs at Wikimedia Commons, all using a Creative Commons Licence. See
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category%3APeople_playing_...
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2. Board Game Artist: Leo Lingas
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Found on the homepage of Dog-eared Designs, July 2013.

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3. Board Game Artist: Kurt Komoda
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Fate Core System (2013), page 4

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4. Board Game Artist: Claudia Cangini
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Fate Accelerated (2013), page 7
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source - I think it's from around 2012.

Questionable Content print, by Jeph Jacques
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http://www.rockpapergnome.com/
Does anybody know details about this picture?
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It says it's from 2004-11-23, TRPG.net
I found the picture here:
http://www.d-jumpers.com/2013/05/24/what-is-a-role-playing-g...
Does anybody know details about this picture?
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8. Board Game Designer: Aaron Williams
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Full Frontal Nerdity (Aaron Williams), Sep 8, 2004

http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=78

This webcomic seems to feature RPGs pretty often.
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Comic created by Jolly R. Blackburn in 1990.

Covers from June 1999, August 2001, December 2006 (all three covers by George Vrbanic and Jackie Vrbanic), and April 2008 (by Brendon Fraim and Brian Fraim).
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10. Periodical: Dork Tower
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11. RPG Item: A Lump of Coal [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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Mike Cavallaro, back cover for the comic book Foiled, written by Jane Yolen, 2010 (source):


full cover, back and front (source):

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12. RPG Artist: Rebekah Bennington
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"Monsters Love RPGs" by Rebekie Bennington
http://redbubble.tumblr.com/post/41225600493/monsters-love-r...
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Some pics in this thread also show people (monsters...) playing an RPG. For example:
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14. RPG Item: A Lump of Coal [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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Oliver Cuthbertson, 2012:

They play "Basements & Beer".
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15. RPG Item: A Lump of Coal [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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http://www.rdinn.com/comic.php?comicid=65
September 2nd, 2010
Loaded Dice
Script: Olan Suddeth (t_catt11)
Art: Lyra Logan (hobolyra)
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16. RPG Item: A Lump of Coal [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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Brian Chin (mindflenzing), 2013
http://mindflenzing.deviantart.com/art/RPG-Abritrary-Charact...
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17. RPG Item: A Lump of Coal [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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18. RPG Item: Octopus' Garden [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:6544]
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has found this gem in a kid book.

The full story.
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19. Board Game Publisher: Fanpro
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A German flyer explaining what role-playing is. There seems to be a signature under the table in the pic, reading FF 98.

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Some xkcd comics (Randall Munroe) about roleplaying:

244: Tabletop Roleplaying (2007-4-4)


593: Voynich Manuscript (2009-6-5)


708: Sex Dice (2010-3-1)


These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.
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21. Board Game Designer: Zach Weinersmith
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: The Goblin King (April 12, 2005)



April 12, 2004

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22. RPG Designer: Simon Matthews (II)
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Symatt, goblins at game table, presumably taken from Goblins! Rulebook (Beta) (2012), posted online in a blog post by designer RupertG in June 2013:

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Couldn't find any information on this image. Does somebody else know something?

Edit: The image link is broken, and I can't find the backup which I think I made when I first found it...

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/1809/rpgsrp1.jpg
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24. RPG Designer: Comfort Love
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From her deviantART page:
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This was done for an issue of Rifter - from Palladium - for an article on the art of running an RPG. This round table was the intro image to the article. I used myself (you can see the back of my head - I'm the chick with the long hair), my former student Brantley Moore (pompadour and glasses), Dave Jablonski (in the hat), Josh Knapp (dude in the leather jacket), and my husband, Adam, our GM.

I'm assuming that Comfort Love is referring to this article: The Art of Role-Playing Game Master and Player Tips (Issue 38 - Apr 2007).


Other images by her:
Gamers Fight (2007)


Idea (self portrait, 2007, "for one of Palladium's Rifter books", later done in color - see below)

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This piece of artwork is by Kyle Latino.



I love this mashup!
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