Monday, June 28, 2021

Weird Revisited: Chances Are Walter Velez Has Illustrated Your Game

The original version of this post appeared in 2016, but it's still true today...

Sure, it's the Frazettas and Fabians, or Blanches and Buscemas--or even Elmores and Caldwells whose art fueled most of our gaming imaginations, but at least for my game, the works of George Velez hit a bit closer to what the reality is at the table.

Exhibit A. See that? That's a pudgy wizard running from a dragon that looks like it doesn't have a whole lot of hit points.

This is all the PCs trying to parley with the leader of the NPCs at once.

The fight didn't go exactly how you planned? Quelle surprise.

Hassled by annoying little people? It's been known to happen.

3 comments:

Dick McGee said...

I've had the misfortune of reading Wizard of Zao. "Heroic fantasy" it is not. Imagine a MythAdventures book (like, say Myth-Conceptions there in the second image) written by someone with a terrible sense of humor and that's Zao for you.

Trey said...

Yeah. It's pretty bad, but Velez's cover is not.

JB said...

I tried to get all the Myth- books with Velez covers back in the day…managed to pick up 4-5 of ‘em. Great artwork.