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I've really enjoyed seeing all the old-school D&D avatars people have been using this last week; every time I recognize one, it brings back the good memories I associate with that image.

I've collected some of them into one big image. (I removed about a dozen of the most obvious duplicates; I didn't start saving them until later in the week, so I know there were some I missed, unfortunately.) Here are the rules:
1. First, go through the list without doing any research: how many of these do you know by sight?
2. You can make a second pass through the list after doing research, but the only research you're allowed to do is looking at books/modules/magazines on your shelf--no fair using one of them there Intarwebs--and your additions/corrections should be indicated in parentheses. (Don't worry; actually having these on your shelf is almost as cool as knowing the answers without checking.)
3. For each image, answer the following questions: what's it from, and for pictures of specific monsters or characters, what's it a picture of; who's the artist; have you owned it in the past; if so, do you still own it now?

For example, here's my answer for 1B:
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1B. Cover of the Basic rulebook or boxed set, after they split the Basic rules into player & DM booklets; Elmore; no.



The player who gets the most right (not counting the "do you own it" questions, ha ha) wins stupendous glory and the undying admiration of their peers. The player who gets chosen at random by me, when I feel like it (probably a couple of days), regardless of how many they get right, wins the gold: 15 of mine, plus whatever others add as tips to this post.

OK, on to the avatars:


Bonus questions:
1. In which of these would you find a monster named Acererak?
2. In which of these would you find a monster named Zargon?
3. Which artist did the most of these images?
4. Which one of these has actually been that user's avatar for years, and who is that user?
5. Which of these is still owned by the most people who post their answers? (For multiple images from the same book or module, any one of them will do.)

Note that I don't know all the answers myself; can you beat my score?
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kuhrusty wrote:

1. In which of these would you find a monster named Acererak?


Acererak congratulates you on your powers of observation...

...The iron men of visage grim
Do more than meet the viewer's eye
You've left and left and found my tomb
And now your soul will die!


Good times.

Oh, and good contest, too!

Edited to add: That picture on C1 has fired my imagination for nearly two decades now. It pretty much perfectly encapsulates the game...
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Should we post the answers here or how does it work?
 
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Doomfarer wrote:
Should we post the answers here

Sure, in "spoiler" tags. (And of course "no peeking at others' answers until you post your own" is rule #4, ha ha.)

For comparison, my first pass took me almost half an hour (more than I thought), and my second pass... well, I can't freakin' find my Monster Manual at the moment, so progress has been temporarily halted. I will say I was horribly wrong about which artist did one of the easy ones, though.

EDIT: you can also mail it to me, if you like; I've received an entry from Jess_the_gamer that way, so it looks like I won't get to keep the after all, ha ha.
 
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I've really enjoyed seeing these avatars too! I wanted to do my own but never got around to it.

My ansers from my "no research" pass (I'll only say where things are from):

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A1: My original books had this strip on them.
B1: Some later module, after I wasn't so much into D&D
C1: Player's Handbook! Owned.
D1: Detail of the Monster Manual cover. Owned.
E1: From monster manual, the "devil" (or was it "demon"?) section. Is that a bone devil?
F1: No clue.
G1: From Temple of Hommlet. Owned.
A2: DM's guide. Owned.
B2: From the module with all the traps and the lich at the end.
C2: Mind flayer! From monster manual.
D2: No clue.
E2: Same as B2.
F2: I know I've seen that one, but the picture is too small for me to make out enough detail to recall what it was.
G2: Gas spore. From Monster Manual.
A3: Lurker Above. From MM.
B3: No clue.
C3: No clue.
D3: Fiend Folio. Owned.
E3: Owl bear. MM.
F3: I know I saw this before, but don't know what it is.
G3: No clue.
A4: No clue.
B4: The hill giant module (G1). Owned.
C4: Displacer Beast. MM.
D4: Seen before, but don't know what it is.
E4: Dieties & Demigods cover. Owned.
F4: Basic rules cover?
G4: Trapper. MM.
A5: Leprechaun, I think? I liked the pic as I recall. From MM.
B5: Was this keep on the borderlands?
C5: No clue.
D5: No clue.
E5: Beholder. MM.
F5: Pic is too small to make it out.
G5: Too small.
A6: Too small.
B6: No clue.
C6: No clue.
D6: Basic D&D again; the box cover?
E6: Chainmail cover.
F6: No clue.
G6: The leprechaun again.

I think I did pretty well, especially on the top few rows.
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It's been so many years since I've played D&D. I was surprised that I could some of them. But, I lot of them are sooo familiar. Unfortunately, I've gotten rid of most of my D&D books. What a real shame is my 13 year old son just last week said he's never played and would like to try.

But, looking through this art work, it strikes me, how much a prefer the old style art to what I've seen of the new.

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Only 2 of them I wasn't sure of;

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A1 - The corner tag from the AD&D 1st edition rulebooks
A2 - The cover of the AD&D 1st edition Dungeon Master's Guide
A3 - Picture from 1st edition AD&D monster manual for lurker above
A4 - Photoshop of image from B1, an art piece originally by Larry Elmore
A5 - An image from old Dragon magazines that graced the column Gary wrote
A6 - Photoshop of the image from module Keep on the Borderlands
B1 - The cover of a later printing of the D&D basic rules
B2 - Original cover art of the lich from Tomb of Horrors module
B3 - Cover art for the Tome of Magic, AD&D 1st edition supplement
B4 - stumped - character sheets for AD&D 1st edition? Probably module.
B5 - Expedition to Barrier Peaks, an adventure module for AD&D 1st (art by Erol Otus)
B6 - The cover of the Expert rules for D&D (art by Erol Otus)
C1 - Center of the cover of the AD&D 1st edition Player's Handbook
C2 - An image of a mind flayer, used I think
C3 - Cover image from Expedition to White Plume Mountain module
C4 - Monster Manual image for the displacer beast (art by Erol Otus)
C5 - Close up cover detail of the Basic D&D rules (art by Erol Otus)
C6 - Morgan Ironwolf, sample character from Basic D&D rules (art by Erol Otus)
D1 - Dragon detail from cover of 1st edition Monster Manual
D2 - Cover detail of Unearthed Arcana supplement for AD&D
D3 - Cover of Fiend Folio monster book for AD&D 1st Edition
D4 - Cover of Tomb of Horrors adventure module
D5 - Later printing of the D&D Expert rules
D6 - Cover of the second printing of the D&D basic rules
E1 - A paladin fighting a devil, I believe from 1st edition DMG
E2 - Cover image first printing of Tomb of Horrors
E3 - An owlbear, image from Monster Manual 1st edition
E4 - The Deities & Demigods sourcebook for 1st edition AD&D
E5 - A beholder, image from Monster Manual 1st edition
E6 - A later printing of the Chainmail miniatures wargame system
F1 - An image from Wormy, a comic that ran in Dragon magazine
F2 - stumped again... an early supplement for AD&D, probably a module
F3 - the cover of the box edition of Basic D&D
F4 - first edition Basic D&D
F5 - cover of The Lost City adventure module
F6 - cover of Into The Unknown adventure module (I think)
G1 - Photoshop of cover art of supplement for AD&D 1st edition
G2 - Adventurer attacking a gas spore
G3 - cover of Isle of Dread adventure module (art by Willingham)
G4 - Monster Manual 1st edition image of trapper
G5 - cover of Keep on the Borderlands adventure module
G6 - image from Dragon magazine of Mordenkainen (I think)
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kuhrusty wrote:
1. In which of these would you find a monster named Acererak?
2. In which of these would you find a monster named Zargon?
3. Which artist did the most of these images?
4. Which one of these has actually been that user's avatar for years, and who is that user?
5. Which of these is still owned by the most people who post their answers? (For multiple images from the same book or module, any one of them will do.)


Acererak is the lich from Tomb of Horrors. Zargon is the end beastie of The Lost City. A lot of them look like Erol Otus images. I don't know which was a bgg users chose avatar. And that last question seems impossible to answer...

Here's a fun one!

What was the magical word used to summon the djinn in the desert series?
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For what it's worth, none of the three entries so far have correctly identified where 1E is from (Although of course that's not necessary for winning the , which is now 16.25, thanks to timstellmach and tuttleboy.)

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Here's a fun one!

What was the magical word used to summon the djinn in the desert series?

Ooh, there were a lot of different magic words in that series--awesome series--but I'm going to go with
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"atmopryeetno or something."
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kuhrusty wrote:
For what it's worth, none of the three entries so far have correctly identified where 1E is from :) (Although of course that's not necessary for winning the :gg:, which is now 16.25, thanks to timstellmach and tuttleboy.)



I haven't got time to check out the others, though I sure recognise quite a few of them. But I can do E1, it was very evocative to me when I first got my XXX back in the day:

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"A Paladin in Hell, plate from AD&D Player's Handbook; Human(oid) paladin in armour vs. spined(?) devil, set in the Nine Hells; Dave Sutherland III(?); yes; sadly, no as I've lost my twice signed copy :(


Oh, and great idea for a contest Kuhrusty. I've been making note of the Gygax homage avatars during the week and was wondering if someone would recognise them with a geeklist or thread! I pitched in with a GG to the winner.

/kgm

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What? Not a single, solitary imagery of that "dreaded" & "dastardly" "Gazebo"!?! surprise
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kuhrusty wrote:
For what it's worth, none of the three entries so far have correctly identified where 1E is from


I know that picture very well, but I am having trouble placing it. It's a picture of a paladin striking a demon or devil with a sword... it's in one of the 1st Ed AD&D books... hmm...
 
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cosine wrote:
kuhrusty wrote:
For what it's worth, none of the three entries so far have correctly identified where 1E is from


I know that picture very well, but I am having trouble placing it. It's a picture of a paladin striking a demon or devil with a sword... it's in one of the 1st Ed AD&D books... hmm...


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It's "A Paladin in Hell" from the PHB class section.
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Holy cow, the pot is now 34.5 , thanks to melissa, Karlsen, fsumarc, JoshBot, kgm3219, timstellmach, nnf1, and tuttleboy!

ErnestBORG9 sent answers via mail, and they look pretty good. We're talking stupendous glory and the undying admiration of your peers here, people.

No one has gotten bonus question #4 yet.
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Pfft, what about my avatar? I've had it up far longer than Gygax's death. Although, I guess it isn't directly related to Gygax (only in general concept), but more towards David "Zeb" Cook...
 
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Great idea for a contest... I'm at work, or else I'd fire off an entry. I like to think I'd get 90% of them without having to check the books.

And thanks for including my avatar - I've had it for a while so it isn't a direct Gygax tribute, but I'm glad you took it that way.
 
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I will try one answer though - I think the main artist used was David Sutherland. He did plenty of the early D&D artwork. If it wasn't him it was Dave Trampier, and if not him then Erol Otus.

And the avatar thats been in use for years? Probably the displacer beast.
 
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Great idea, and thanks for using my avatar. The full size image is in my gallery; I always associate D&D with
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Erol Otus, and I really like how he incorporated the art from the basic set into the expert set.
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A1: In the upper left hand corner of early AD&D books, to distinguish 'em from basic D&D.
B1: Red box version; never owned it.
C1: Close up of first version of PHB; still own.
D1: Close up of first version of MM; still own.
E1: "A Paladin in Hell," from PHB; on early versions, the caption at the bottom of the picture was cut off.
F1: A panel from the Wormy cartoon, by (I think) Dave Trampier. I owned many Dragon magazines with Wormy in them.
G1:Cover of Village of Hommlet, I think; never owned.
A2: Cover of original DMG; still own.
B2: Don't know.
C2: Mind flayer, from original MM.
D2: I think it's the cover of Unearthed Arcana.
E2: It's the same as B2.
F2: An old module I don't recognize.
G2: Gas spore (I think it's called) from original MM.
A3: Lurker above, from original MM.
B3: Cover of Tome of Magic; still own.
C3: Cover of White Plume Mountain; never owned.
D3: Githyanki from cover of Fiend Folio; still own.
E3: Owl bear from original MM.
F3: Cover of 2nd version (I think) of basic D&D; never owned.
G3: Cover of Isle of Dread; never owned.
A4: Close up of Red Box basic D&D.
B4: Cover of the 1st "Against the Giants" module; still own the compilation.
C4: Displacer beast from original MM.
D4: Cover of Vault of the Slave Lords (although I may have the title off).
E4: Cover of Deities and Demigods; still own.
F4: Cover of original basic D&D set; this was the first D&D I ever owned or played, and I still own it.
G4: Trapper, I think, from original MM.
A5: From original PHB; a weird guy smoking, sitting on a 6-sided die.
B5: Cover of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks.
C5: Close up of the F4 basic set.
D5: The D&D set between expert and immortal; can't remember what it's called.
E5: Beholder from original MM.
F5: One of the Slave Lord modules, I think.
G5: Cover of Keep on the Borderlands; *the* classic basic D&D module; still own.
A6: Close up of the cover from G5.
B6: Expert D&D cover.
C6: Don't know. Maybe from the original 3-book version of D&D?
D6: Color version of the cover of the D&D version in F4 above.
E6: Cover of Chainmail, the game D&D grew out of; never owned.
F6: One of the Slave Lord modules, I think.
G6: Same as A5.
 
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I don't know a lot of the artists, so I'm just going to guess
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Erol Otus
when not sure, haha. Also, I'm lazy, so these are just from first pass / memory.

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1B - Basic D&D cover, but not the first editions; believe it was Larry Elmore art; did not own this version of it.
1C - AD&D 1st Ed. Player's Handbook; Erol Otus; yes own(ed) it (not sure where it is).
1D - AD&D 1st Ed. Monster Manual, was it a red dragon? Erol Otus, heh; yes own(ed) it.
1E - A Paladin in Hell - AD&D 1st Ed. Player's Handbook; can't recall the artist, maybe Erol Otus? yes. Awesome pic.
2A - AD&D 1st Ed. Dungeon Master's Guide; Erol Otus; yes.
2D - AD&D 1st Ed. Unearthed Arcana?; Erol Otus; no.
2G - AD&D 1st Ed. Monster Manual - I think that was called a Gas Spore? a fake beholder; Erol Otus; yes.
3A - AD&D 1st Ed. Monster Manual - Lurker? Lurker Above? Erol Otus; yes.
3B - AD&D 2nd Ed, Tome of Magic; don't know; no.
3C - White Plume Mountain, module S1 I think? showing a halfling dodging a manticore attack; Erol Otus; yes.
3D - AD&D 1st Ed. Fiend Folio, I think that was a gith yanki on the cover; Erol Otus; no.
3E - an owlbear, I think that was Monster Manual, but might have been in Basic; Erol Otus; yes.
3G - Isle of Dread, I think module X1; Erol Otus; yes.
4A - don't know what that is, but looks like same pic from Basic; Larry Elmore; no.
4C - displacer beast, but can't remember from what book, so I'll guess Basic D&D; Erol Otus; yes.
4E - AD&D 1st Ed. Deities & Demigods; Erol Otus; no.
4F - original D&D before it was even Basic D&D I think; Erol Otus?; I never had this, but my friend did.
4G - AD&D 1st Ed. Monster Manual, a trapper; Erol Otus; yes.
5A - looks really familiar, I'll guess a bard from AD&D 1st Ed. Players Handbook; Erol Otus; yes.
5C - that's the same art from 3F but can't recall what it is, at first I wanted to say DM Screen, but I don't think that's right; Erol Otus; don't know?
5D - is that the one past Expert D&D, Companion? Erol Otus; no.
5E - a beholder, but for some reason I don't think that's the MM pic, but one from the 1st Ed. DM Guide; Erol Otus; yes?
5F - module B4 for D&D, The Lost City? I loved this module - I really liked how open ended it was, you could play just the top "half" of the pyramid, or go down into the bottom half, or even beyond that down into that underground city. I even used this (adapted on the fly) for ad hoc adventures on spur of the moment sessions with other RPG systems. Good stuff. Um, Erol Otus, haha. Yes.
5G - module B2 Keep on the Borderlands, haha. Erol Otus. Yes.
6B - my color blindness is killing me here, I think this was Expert D&D and 5D was the one past that; Erol Otus; yes.
6C - illustration of character named Morgan I think, from Basic D&D; can't recall the artist but I don't think that's Erol Otus, maybe Willingham or whatever his name was, with the signature that looks like hash marks, haha; yes.
6E - looks like the original Chainmail rules; Erol Otus; no.

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2 - 5F, which is module B4, at last level of the pyramid.
3 - Erol Otus? haha
4 - 4C, Lothartvni (sp?) I believe - I remember seeing it a long time ago and messaging him (her?) about it, heh.
5 - I'll guess Monster Manual.


Fun contest, thanks!
 
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Stexe wrote:
Pfft, what about my avatar? I've had it up far longer than Gygax's death. Although, I guess it isn't directly related to Gygax (only in general concept), but more towards David "Zeb" Cook...


It is the symbol for the city of Sigil for the Planescape setting. Rest assured that while not everyone might know, there are those of us who've been around long enough to know it when we see it.
 
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I've been jonesing to participate, but now have the time. I doubt I'll win, but it'll be fun to see what is still rattling around up there, considering I have not seen any D&D stuff since 1990. All of this is from memory. I've been having flashbacks of Proustian intensity lately about D&D.

The first thing is that the 10-year-old me would not have cared about the artist (in most cases), so it's an "I don't know" unless specified otherwise.

The second thing is that I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE ALL MY D&D STUFF IS! I have a dim memory of giving it all away when I went to college, but I'm usually not much of a giver, I'm more of a hoard-it-all-pour-it-out-on-the-floor-and-swim-around-in-it-like-Uncle-Scrooge guy. Maybe all this crap is in my parents' attic.

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1A. This was on all the original AD&D books like MM, DMG, PG, etc. Owned.
1B. Maybe the box set from the mid-80s? Clearly Larry Elmore, though. Never owned.
1C. From the cover of the PG. Depicts thieves. Owned, memorized, tattered.
1D. From the cover of the MM. Red dragon. Owned.
1E. From the PG, it's in a funny section like alignment or AC or something. Paladin vs. demon or devil (oh the shame of not knowing...). Owned.
1F. From Wormy, which ran in the back of Dragon mag, by the legendary Dave Trampier. Yet another fine example of the fantasy/stoner overlap culture of the late 70s/early 80s (e.g. Heavy Metal (the mag, but also the music). A collected book was advertised but never published. Really, really wonderful. An incomplete online archive is availble online. Owned.
1G. Cover of Village of Hommlet, a low level module. Actually pretty good one at that. Owned.
2A. Cover of the DMG. Owned, revered, worshipped, etc.
2B. The Demi Lich from the module Tomb of Horrors. Owned, loved/hated.
2C. MINDFLAYER! From the MM. Owned. The first monster I ever recall fighting in D&D.
2D. Pains me to say I don't know. Maybe from Unearthed Arcana, which we were snobby about and refused to use.
2E. Same as 2B, just wider pic.
2F. An early module, on the tip of my tongue... Maybe Keep on the Borderlands? Owned it.
2G. One of those fake Beholders- maybe called a Gas Bag or something. From the MM.
3A. From the MM, the fake ceiling monster, can't recall the name.
3B. Maybe a later sourcebook- again we thought all you needed was a DMG, the MM, the PG, fistfuls of dice, several 2 liters of Dr. Pepper, and a few bags of Sour Cream and Onion chips. ANYTHING ELSE WAS HERESY!
3C. Phil Foglio art- no idea otherwise.
3D. Fiend Folio, AKA MM part 2. Owned it, was rather "MEH" about it.
3E. Bugbear from the MM. A beloved monster, had a lead fig of it.
3F. I can't place, know I have seen it.
3G. A mid-level module from about 1983, set on an island, can't recall the name. Got it for Christmas.
4A. Larry Elmore again. Otherwise ???
4B. An early module, maybe one of the Giant series, which had to be the most boring modules of all time. "You enter a room- a hill giant is there," repeat, repeat. Owned.
4C. Displacer beast. From the MM. Actually a really trippy monster.
4D. A module, otherwise ???
4E. Dieties and Demigods. I support only the copyright infringing version. This book really ended up breaking a lot of campaigns. Owned, enjoyed the booby pics.
4F. Cover of the Blue Box. Owned. Has a real 9th-grade metalhead charm to the art.
4G. The fake floor monster that will really piss off your players. From the MM, can't recall the name.
5A. Can't place it, it's a gnome.
5B. Barrier Peaks module, much beloved. Cover by the cool artist. Owned.
5C. Same as 3F.
5D. Maybe again 80's box set version.
5E. Beholder. From MM. Rules.
5F. Can't tell.
5G. Can't tell.
Row 6 is really tough, all I recognize is the cover to Chainmail in 6E, and 5A and 6G are the same.

4C is an avatar I've seen for awhile.


EDIT: Had to screw with the formatting for very unclear reasons. I have also gone through and read the other spoilers. I didn't cheat, I swear (and anyhow I got blown out of the water by Cosine)!
 
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My avatar is from the V1 monster manual.

what do i win?
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TheZip wrote:
My avatar is from the V1 monster manual.

what do i win?


Apparently, a healthy dose of high intensity sunlight, you blackhearted villian! Either that or hearty helping of Grandma's Down Home Garlic Pie.

Suck 2d6 damage from this vial of holy water, fiend!
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I had not looked at any of these before I did my answer. I think I mentioned in my response that in the earlier printings of the book the title of the picture was cut off at the bottom of the page.

Fun list! Brings back a lot of good memories.

Whiskey Jack wrote:
cosine wrote:
kuhrusty wrote:
For what it's worth, none of the three entries so far have correctly identified where 1E is from


I know that picture very well, but I am having trouble placing it. It's a picture of a paladin striking a demon or devil with a sword... it's in one of the 1st Ed AD&D books... hmm...


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It's "A Paladin in Hell" from the PHB class section.
 
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