What RPG Has the Most Inspiring RPG Art?

During the month of August, I’m participating in RPG a Day 2017. Each day I’ll answer a question, or my interpretation of a question, about tabletop roleplaying games. For those who have wanted your beloved UncleBear to get back into RPG blogging, this is the closest you’re going to get.

What RPG Has the Most Inspiring RPG Art?

Here’s the problem: as a general rule I don’t find roleplaying game art inspiring. I covered this back on Day 5’s question, What RPG Cover Best Captures the Spirit of the Game? I want to use my own influences and bring my own ideas to any game that I play or run. Unless you’re playing in a “Living Setting”-type thing, every group is either running an original creation or fan fiction anyway.

This is not, by the way, a screed that RPG art is somehow bad, and it’s not a personal attack against you if that sort of thing floats your boat. It is simply not to my tastes. I go for the story and the characters.

If it is a licensed setting, then there may a reason for the art to be there. Unfortunately, most licensed games don’t use it effectively. They throw stock photos and art around willy-nilly to fill up space and pad the page count. Why do I need a photo of that character here? What possible reason is there for a photo of that location to be in this section? Bah.

I have weird notions about art, to be sure. This is something I freely admit. I did flog that horse back on Day 5, so I’m not going to do it again here. If you asked me what artists I liked, or what pieces of art I’d like to hang on my wall, I might be able to answer. But inspiration? I tend to look toward photos of the real world, or works of art that aren’t tied to a specific roleplaying game setting.

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