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old school high fantasy > grimdark game of thrones knock offs

>> No.50376888

anything > game of thrones lol

>> No.50376893

>>50376871
I agree, man. There is a growing trend of 'human only' fantasy worlds in dark, depressing settings. I like my fantasy to be - you know - fantastic. With elves and shit.

>> No.50376959

>>50376871
low fantasy>

>> No.50377015

>>50376871
Sure, as long as you don't include "standard" races, that's a lack of imagination the fantasy genre doesn't deserve.

>> No.50377021

>>50376871
Isn't Dragonlance pretty dark, at least compared to something like Forgotten Realms? It's post-apocalyptic, forces of evil are a real threat, main characters die off for real, the strongest wizard is a completely selfish monster, etc.

>> No.50377026

>>50376871
Yeah, I gotta agree.
I like to go real oldschool with it myself, where the hero rescues the lizard woman with a sword and laser from the evil clutches of the great zor.

>> No.50377051

>>50377021

but is has kender!
>holds up spoon XD

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>>50376871
old school art thread?

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>> No.50377488

I like how oldschool fantasy art isn't clearly influenced by bottom of the barrel "art" from comics and anime.

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>> No.50377647

>>50376871
dafuq happened to the dragon's neck

>also pls post more old fantasy illustrations

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>>50376871
I like both lol

>> No.50377673

>>50377268
when you are about to get rekt'd but at least you take one of the motherfuckers with you

>> No.50377714

I prefer games with fantastic races, but human-only PCs.

Lets you play up the fantastic elements, from myths and the like. Encountering an elf or a fairy is a big deal (and is usually not a good thing because they will fuck you over six times to sunday and possibly eat you), a dwarven-made thing is a priceless artifact in both quality and reputation, and so on.

>> No.50377716

>>50376871
i like both but i prefer low magic tho' don't like seeing 20 mages every town, instead having them be very rare and far between. And i usually keep monsters low too so they don't feel like another critter you can find everywere

>> No.50377754

>>50377714
mah nigga

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>> No.50378213

>>50376871
Kitiara best waifu

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>> No.50378276

>>50377026
>hero rescues the lizard woman with a sword and laser from the evil clutches of the great zor.
I have that pic.

I want to run that game.

>> No.50378293

>>50377934
>>50378044
>>50378050
>>50378074
>>50378082
>>50378103
Hermans git out. Your games are awful tripe.

>> No.50378315

>>50378293
The second of those is from the AD&D 2e DMG (or PHB, I can't remember which).

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>>50378293
so is ya mum XD

>>50378222

>> No.50378483

>>50376871

Does that dude have chainmail armor for his beard?

>> No.50378518

>>50378483
>dude

>> No.50378521

>>50377647
Kitiara has been hitting the cakes since Tanis dumped her. Poor Skie is in dire need of a chiropractor. :(

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>> No.50378590

>>50377714
My personal setting tries to strike a balance.
Orcs and goblins are fairly mundane (although they are mostly baddies). Savage and brutal, but not particularly otherworldly.
Dwarfs are borderline - they are fairly ubiquitous and not very hard to find, but they're weird as hell. Their crafts are legendary but they're not too keen on selling.
Elves are creepy fairies that appear almost entirely human in physique and behavior until they don't. And then you regret not running away as soon as they showed up.
Any parties should be majority human for flavor reasons, but an odd dwarf or orc PC can spice things up a bit.

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>> No.50378659

>>50378213
>Kitiara best waifu
Soth seems to agree. Perhaps a bit too much.

>>50378483
Anon, that is a lady.

>> No.50378680

I'd prefer something in between those two extremes?
But still, probably closer to GoT (i'm spipping the "ripoffs" thing since i didn't really encounter many of them, not even saying about some projected "wave" that some people like to complain about)

Why? Here's why:

>old school
>high fantasy

pick one
fantasy wasn't invented by gary gygax and ed greenwood

Actual classical fantasy is for most part not myuch less "low magic" and "gritty" than GoT.
No matter if you're talking about Lord of The Rings, Conan, Black Company, Eternal Champion, even fucking Earthsea. OK maybe not AS gritty and sometimes not as low magic, but still way closer to it than typical d&D setting, which is most likely what OP means by "old school" kek high fantasy.
They just focus on different themes that court intrigue and betrayal, be it bloodshed and survival in savage and unforgiving world (Conan), a desperate and unlikely to succeed attempt of saving the world from the darkness, in which even in the case of victory there will be steep price to pay (LotR), or band of ordinary soldiers thrown into middle of an absolute shitstorm (Black Company). That doesn't make it less low magic, less grity and less dark.
Really, fuck you if you thing GoT is anything new in this aspect.

>> No.50378744

>>50378680
>D&D
>not oldschool

1976 was 40 years ago.

>> No.50378772

>>50378276
I, too, wish to run the game.
It just isnt right if you dont both have a spaceship and a horse. Also, rescuing weird sexy alien princesses is key.

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>>50376888
Can I ask what exactly this is about? you mention the wrong game, series, whatever and the first reply is something smugly dismissing/attacking you for it.

Why is there some unspoken hierarchy of acceptable threads and interests.

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>>50378609

>> No.50378817

>>50378554
Context?

>> No.50378849

>>50378784
Because if you like something that someone else doesn't it's badwrongfun, and /tg/ loves to hate things as a hivemind.

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>>50378881
God, I love Frazetta's work.

No homo.

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>>50378903
Some Elmore.

>> No.50378925

>>50378903
Wish I could say the same. :^)

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>>50378817
Bretonnians bringing back head of beastman, the threat of chaos infringing on bretonnia

>>50378816

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>>50378929

>>50378925
Is ok to have shit taste every once in a while.

>> No.50378947

>>50378925
leave please

>> No.50378971

>>50376871
What would you consider Dragon Age? At least Origins.

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>>50378941
Some Boris.

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>> No.50379060

>>50378941
Oh no, I like the art. It's the other part where we differ. I hope you don't need it spelled out, anon.

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>>50379028

>> No.50379086

>>50378784

Usually because it's popular and 4chan has always had a contrarian/hipster streak.

>> No.50379116

>>50379086
>4chan has always had a contrarian/hipster streak.
This is a meme. I'm not seeing /pol/ switching to Democrats anytime soon.
4chan doesn't value social graces, but it doesn't hate things just because they're popular.

>> No.50379123

>>50378849
and I fucking thought I'd gotten away from it here. r9k and aco are Exactly The Same. Same unspoken list of things that are acceptable and same group-think dedicated to perpetuating the same old hostility.

OP thought game of thrones was a good example of a low fantasy world. I dont know how much I agree with that, the way the series is going. But I can understand it and don't feel the need to be a smug cunt just because MY first thought is conan

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>> No.50379142

>>50378933
>Bretonnians bringing back head of beastman, the threat of chaos infringing on bretonnia

Thanks!

>> No.50379154

>>50379123
Don't worry, it's not everyone here. But shitposting exists everywhere.

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>>50379142
no problem

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>> No.50379385

>>50376888
Storm of Swords > Game of Thrones

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>> No.50379728

>>50378521
i guess she's been under a lot of stress lately

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>> No.50379791

>>50376871
>not old school dark fantasy

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>> No.50379797

>>50379548
Wait, did the Poles flip the cover picture? Because my WHFRP book has this the other way round.

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>>50379797
idk

>>50379796

>> No.50379837

>>50378929
that dragon is landing or noping the fuck away of the big magic sword?

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>>50379819

>> No.50379885

>>50379763
>> By Nigel Stillman & Friends.

Goddamn. I remember when Warhammer was the passionate creation of a bunch of nerds who spent too much time reading Tolkien and history.

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>> No.50379997

>>50378941
>>50378947
I think he means yes homo

>> No.50380020

>>50379885
the Stillman still lives friendo. He has a blog and I think does some work for the Perry's and Warlord in the backroom sorta shit.

>> No.50380024

>>50379997
yeah thats why he has to leave

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>> No.50380079

>>50380024
>>>/pol/

>> No.50380090

>>50378221
>tfw used all my money on steroids and can't afford a bigger sword

>> No.50380102

>>50380024
>this thread doesn't cause stirrings in your loins
What are you, some kinda fag?

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>> No.50380150

>>50380079
>>50380102
nope, nope he and you have to go I'm afraid

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>> No.50380186

Damnit /pol/, stop shitposting in our image threads.

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>> No.50380238

>>50379989
>"Back, you brutes! This child is MY slave now!"
>"Mommy! Daddy! Don't let him take me as a slave to his barbarian tribe!"

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>>50380079
>>50380102
>>50380186
heh, it was me the whole time >>50380248

jokes on me I have a boyfriend. Gonna go watch some tv will dump more in about an hour

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>>50380267
Ironic shitposting is still shitposting.

>> No.50380405

In general I prefer old school high fantasy, but I like the more reasonable ones like Legends of Ethshar or similar.

I don't like the concept of "evil" being a real tangible thing and there being some "forces of evil" hell bent on destroying whatever is good and bla bla bla, and I feel like a lot of old school fantasy has a lot of that.

So in the end I like fantasy with fantastic world, many races and tons of magic, but I want conflicts to be between just people, not some clearly defined "good vs evil."

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>>50376871
I'm a fan of the time where high fantasy and science fiction saw a lot of crossover.

Also a fan of bizzaro fiction though which is why I love the Low Life setting so much.

In the post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-apocalypse there is only strangeness and high adventure!

>> No.50380544

>>50380525
High five, anon.
Saving weird little guys is where it's at.

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ASoIaF is a knock off of old school high fantasy though.

>> No.50380999

>>50378148
any more of this? Super interested in it.

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>>50380303
so is ur mum

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>>50380999
Checked

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>>50376871
I fucking agree. I miss when fantasy felt a little fantastic rather than everyone aping off of that fat fuckface.

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>>50379271
Thats set in the current

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>>50381195
ah k

>>50381196

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>>50380999
Down in the dungeon. It's an art book from '81.
http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/2010/10/down-in-dungeon.html?m=1

>> No.50381343

>>50381225
love you.

>> No.50381441

>>50376893
How is this a "growing" trend? It's always been there. When fantasy broke into the mainstream with Lord of the Rings it was already using dark, depressing settings.

>> No.50381444
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>>50378971

High fantasy desperately trying to ape Martin, Star Wars, and 40k and failing.

>look, everyone's covered in BLOOD!
>look, it's the totallynot!Warp and the totallynot!Psykers
>look, it's the not!Jedi here to slay the not!Chaos

With a side dish of shit-tastic combat and scaled encounters so it doesn't matter what you built your character to be or do.

>> No.50381581

>>50377481
Oh Frazetta, one day you'll figure out proportions

>> No.50381634

Oldschool art again? Have some MusiaƂ.

http://imgur.com/a/pEhPs

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>>50381211

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>>50381842

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>>50381892

>> No.50381979

>>50377268
[to be continued]

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>>50381979
kek

>>50381935

>> No.50382023

>>50381441
nice reading skills man

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>>50381991

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>>50382136

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>>50382155

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>>50382176

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>>50382293

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>>50382337

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>>50382369

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>>50382424

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>>50382456
last one. Night night god bless

>> No.50382598

>>50378784
neckbertz are boar'd. that's all you need to know.

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>>50378590
Holy fuck this is the exact way I like my games and the exact way I like those races

>> No.50382806

>>50381028
Tfw you'll never be fought over by two mega hot Amazons

>> No.50382816

>>50379185

Still one of my favourite game covers.

>> No.50382850

>>50379949

>>That fucking Mindflayer throwing up gang signs.

>> No.50382970

I remeber some gender swapped classic fantasy art, but can't seem to find them.
I don't even remember if they were good, does anyone know anything about those?

>> No.50383784

>>50382806
Not with that attitude you won't.

>> No.50383958

>>50379116
It totally does hate things because they are popular.

>> No.50383971

>>50376871
It's just an overall more pleasant aesthetic

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Was the aesthetic more simple and pleasing or were the artists just better than most today?

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>>50381441

>lord of the rings
>dark and depressing

How the heck could anyone get that from the lord of the rings?

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>> No.50384565

>>50384533

I mean if i dident want to go to war today but some asshole who calls himself the lord of the lash told me nay nay nay and then made me march all day...

Yeah you can bet i would be depressed.

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>> No.50384606

>>50384533
>forced to eat nothing but maggoty bread for three stinkin' days
>not dark and depressing

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>>50378784
>>50378849
>>50379086
>>50382598
Four! Four butthurt fanboys! Ahh ahh ahh! Ah, yes

>> No.50384651

>>50384576

>elf about to draw bow and shoot dog


I dident know D&D had the ATF in its settings.

>> No.50384667

>>50384651
/k/ek

>> No.50384674

>>50384626

>Setting X is bad
>Why do you think setting X is bad
>do yo have a reason for thinking setting X is bad?
>LOLOLOL U R IZ DUMBZ FANBOIS FOR QUESTIONING MEZ!!!

Whats next? "jokes on them! i was only pretending ot be retarded!"?

>> No.50384685

>>50384565
You, sir, are most definitely my nigga.

>> No.50384979

>>50378925
that's pretty gay

>> No.50385073

>>50377051
>but is has kender!
AND it has kender! FTFY.

>> No.50385341

>>50381444
Best thing about that game was dwarf culture.

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>>50385341

Agreed. I recently replayed the dwarf noble origin. Had fun, got to Ostigar and uninstalled.

>> No.50385567

>>50378784
It's shitposting, man. Dont take it too seriously, it would happen even if instead of GoT it was [insert unarguably good setting here].

>> No.50385626

>>50384533

lord of the rings is about an apocalyptic dying world where all the legends of old are dead and gone and only the evil shit from bygone eras remain

>> No.50385702

>>50381444
Not to mention that the plot is basically the War of the Lance chopped up and deep fried.
>How do we beat the bad guys?
>Well, we need to get the dwarves on our side, but they're wrapped up in a succession struggle.
>K
>Then, we'll have to deal with the Elves; their area's being affected by an evil artifact.
>Hmm...that artifact wouldn't happen to transport you to a nightmare realm, would it?
>No, no, the nightmare realm sidequest happens in the wizard's tower, for variety.
>Ah. Then what?
>Well, we'll need an ancient, sacred artifact, which is probably guarded by a dragon.
>Hmm.
>And then we'll have to break the siege at that one town before the final battle.
>And then we win?
>Yes, then you and the wizard that it seems like you can't really trust can go kill the bad guy.

>> No.50385775

>>50385626
Lord of the Rings takes place in a world where !Lucifer has been defeated and only one of his former lieutenants still exists.
And how that lieutenant was defeated by a trio of midgets, so that everyone who wasn't human could sail off to !Heaven, so that !God's chosen people could have dominion over Middle-Earth for an unspecified duration, until the end of time.

Lord of the Rings is basically the epilogue. It's pre-utopian, not post-apocalyptic.

>> No.50385814

>>50378276
Post it

>> No.50386496

>>50379207
Fans of Games Workshop's habit of not crediting artists will be interested to know that Blizzard crop Parkinsons' signature from this image virtually every time they use it.

>> No.50387533
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Since there are a number of AD&D covers here, I have to put out one of the greatest ones.

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I'd love to see a textless version of this one. There's something about an unlucky adventurer with some ankle-biting bastards hanging off his back.

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>>50380235
Fun fact: This is where the design for the Cacodemon from Doom was stolen from.

>> No.50387653

>>50382850
>Here is your informant in the Drow Empire.

>> No.50387673

>>50384507
>In the Alternate reality where Pazio favoured martials more than Casters.

>> No.50387779

>>50379797
It wasn't WHFRP book cover in poland.
A board game cover.

>> No.50387805

>>50385775
Lord of the Rings takes place in a world where the war with !Lucifer destroyed and submerged half the world, where the elves are almost all dead or gone, were the kingdoms of man start falling into corruption and decay. That lieutenant of lucifer destroyed the strongest empire the world has ever seen, by making them the enemies of the gods. The angels the gods sent to help this world? One of them was corrupted and two of them lost forever.

It's pretty bleak if you ask me

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>>50384533
>he didn't fall into an existential crisis after finishing the epilogue and the tale of aragorn and arwen.

>> No.50387967

>>50377488
It was influenced by bottom of the barrel "art" from pulp illustrations and films.

>> No.50388040

>>50387805
While you're definitely right, for me it's more that LoTR feels like the end of an age. Even though good triumphs in the end, it feels like something has faded from the world.
It just makes me feel wistful and nostalgic is all, and I think it's a feeling the Jackson films conveyed quite well.

>> No.50388485

>>50387673
More like AD&D and other OSR's.

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>>50377714
>playing Nethergate
>get out of long dungeon run as Romans
>fucking Siddhe decides to by herself and with few spiders
>mfw she dies and pop-up text box describes with typical Roman arrogance her death

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>>50385702
Never noticed. Someone should spread the message to /v/

>>50384533
LotR is pretty grim when you think about it. The evil leading innumerable armies is pretty much indestructible force of evil. The closest thing it has for "big good" who isn't going mad or in awe of the enemy are a decrepit old man-angel sneaking around, not entirely trusted by anyone who knows his intentions and a half-elf lord who lives in the middle of hostile wilderness with his house-kin who are dwindling in number.

All good lands are either decaying wildernesses, under the control of- or under mortal danger by the previously mentoned indestructable evil.

I think this is what LotR does better than most modern fantasy. Too powerful/organised good guys don't do good for story in my opinion.

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>>50389634
Also dumping, starting with some kangas

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>>50389662

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>>50389679

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>>50389696

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>>50389710

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>>50389720

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>> No.50390677

>>50387533
>tfw my dad's copy of this is sitting on an awesome shelf unit built into the wall of my bedroom in my new place

IT IS A MIGHTY FEEL, A FEEL MOST PUISSANT

>> No.50390709

>>50387646
aw neat

>> No.50390833

>>50377021

Yeah it was dark at times but always had hope and light moments. At least before summer flame and the series that followed piled on the grim.

>> No.50390870

>>50376888
Wraththu.
The Dark Jewels.
Gor.
Your argument is invalid.

>> No.50390910

>>50384474
I think the aesthetic is more pleasing and its more engaging. It draws you in and you find yourself staring at the artwork asking who the characters are, whats going on, whats the world like and you generally want to know more. I've seen a lot of newer fantasy art which is more grimdark or just "Cool knight" and you dont get the same effect.

>>50382571
>>50384474
>>50382337
These three for example, I find myself asking who are they, where are they, where are they going, why, whats the world like

>> No.50391729

>>50390870
All of those are better than ASoIaF cuckboy

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>>50376959
>>50379791

>> No.50392877

>>50384474

FFuck me if that isn't caldera from morrowind.

>> No.50392952

>>50392877
Wow, you are right it does look a lot like Caldera

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>>50392877
I knew it!!

>> No.50393021

>>50384565
kek

>> No.50393101

>>50380180
now here's a story!

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>>50376871
>opinion
>posts kender

not that i dont agree but cmon son

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Game of Thrones is just a Black Company knock off, Glen Cook best fantasy author.

>> No.50394775

>>50392877
That picture is about ten years older than Morrowind I think. 2300 Speed

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>>50378784
Game of Throne is something that dulls the fantasy genre. At its core its an ok written series that gets overly praised and is defining what people consider "fantasy". So we can expect a good deal more generic "dark and gritty" fantasy settings which only bring out fantasy elements here and there for the sheer sake of shock value.

Mind you, I like Game of Thrones. But I also realize that Martin's writing is falling fast, and that in many ways its rather lazy writing. It ended up to popular and now its what people think when they think fantasy.

>> No.50397561

any of you have the actual sourcebooks some of these artwork come from?

>> No.50397778

>>50392877

Nah, too few moons in the sky for that to be on Nirn.

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This thread brings back warm and fuzzies from my younger days of gaming.

Back when life dident suck so much.

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>>50376871

For real though, Black Company is basically the perfect fusion of old school high fantasy and human-centric grimdark. The sorcerers and big evil whatsits are written masterfully and he constantly puts new spins on things (Kina being shortsighted and kind of stupid, "Deadman Spells" as a pseudo-immortality instead of 'lol i put my soul in this macguffin i hid behind some riddles and shit,' etc), and the fantasy elements are high to the point of being bizarre, while the grimdark human element keeps things grounded and avoids pic related.

>> No.50400960

>>50381107
Give one example

>> No.50401055

>>50381892
dat pygmy

>> No.50401617

>>50390833
Are they really grim? Evil either persists being so and gets killed after being thoroughly humiliated (Takhisis), morphs into regular dudes with some issues (draconians, knights of Takhisis, Sargonnas) or just plain grows up and starts pulling its weight (chromatic dragons). Attempts to go 40k on Krynn end up with everyone and their dog piling on you for epic ass-whooping.

Granted, it's been a while since I've last checked that world.

>> No.50401654

>>50379949
>light brown
>not ebony black
>brown eyes
>not blood red

NOT MUH DROW

>> No.50401677

>>50380180
I fucking love old men with rad bods.

>> No.50401782

>>50380965
I can't unsee a Kiss Fan in the bottom left corner.

>> No.50401801

>>50381107
Please tell me that isn't something he actually wrote and published...

>> No.50401810

>>50379082
>Team Axe getting rekt

Back to your woodland realm.

>> No.50401811

>>50376871
MOTHER FUCKING KENDER

>> No.50401863

>>50380238
>Conan selects his favorite son

>> No.50401891

>>50401801
It is.

>> No.50401900

>>50387805
You've never heard of labor pains before, have you?

You can never create the perfect omelet with cracking some shells and scrambling some eggs, anon.

>> No.50401957

>>50379116
hating anything popular IS the meme, dude.

>> No.50401977

>>50376871
it gets a little tiresome when every other weapon is magic, dwarves, orcs and elves are all hanging out with humans on a daily basis, and dragons are as common as dogs. nothing is special any more, nothing is 'magic' or significant.

>> No.50402092

>>50399646
God damn, this image makes me fucking sad.

>> No.50402108

>>50376871
ok, I appreciate you sharing your opinion

>> No.50402124

>>50401891
The fuck. How the hell does literal shit like that get published?

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>>50397561
Yo. Off a quick browse, I have the old Warhammer Fantasy Battle book with >>50377509 and >>50379082 (the one with the orange-ish cover of a Conan-looking bloke hitting a goblin with a hammer). AD&D wise, he knight and dragon versions of the 2E PHB and DMG, Manual of the Planes, the Finder's Stone books, the 2E Forgotten Realms box, Savage Frontier and/or Secret of the Silver Blades (both had the same cover art) plus Legends & Lore. the Twilight 2000 box. Plus the big soft WHFRP book (which has >>50379548 on the cover but flipped) and the Darklands game.

>> No.50402319

>>50379548

That dwarf just looks so... worried.

>> No.50402375

>>50402124

The standard justification is probably 'dysentery happens'.

>> No.50403731

>>50401801
You're talking about a guy who wrote a literal fan fiction where Jaime Lannister beats up the protag from Wheel of Time and then rambles incoherently about how he won because Westeros is very grim and morally ambiguous.

>> No.50404175

Why 80s hair looks so fucking dumb?

>> No.50404535

>>50401617

It felt grim to me because we get a book before introducing us to the next generation, setting up for great stories with these characters as well as seeing the last generation enjoying the peace they earned.

Then summer flame comes along and kills a chunk of that potential in killing a few of those new characters right off the bat, especially those who would have changed the bleak tone, ended some conflict on a shit note. (tanis and his son) I understood the bittersweet yet hopeful ending but it was still a downer.

Then the series after that has dragons pulling a mortal kombat and draining souls from each other to replenish their magic. Like I said, felt grim at the time and I stopped reading a while.

>> No.50405000

>>50384474
It's just that you're a nostalgic faggot. Thanks to digital drawing modern stuff is just more polished, also tastes changed, in the past a naked man with a perizoma and a sword was considered cool, now not anymore. Designs and tastes changed and not in worse, take off you nostalgia goggles

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