Dungeons and Dragons Art and Play
Dungeons and Dragons has been around since 1974. It has remained immensely popular, with many of the D&D manuals staying on the bestseller list for months. Even celebrities love Dungeons and Dragons! Vin Diesel is a huge nerd for the RPG. You can watch him play with Geek and Sundry:
The game has influenced artists, actors, directors and many other creators. Director Jon Favreau credits Dungeons & Dragons with giving him “… a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balance.”
Since the game is a game full of imagination, the Dungeons and Dragons art can help bring the story to life. There’s a whole fantasy world to explore! Many different artists have fleshed out gorgeous fantasy scenes to go with campaigns. A lot of artists enjoy creating art of the characters they roll. Mini-figures can be purchased and customized with paint so they look like your character. A lot of players grow very attached to their characters. The Critical Role group has been playing with their characters for years!
Exploring the Dungeons and Dragons App
Dungeons and Dragons has long been a physical experience: you have pens and paper, rulebooks to flip through and dice to roll. Now the Dungeons and Dragons art and gameplay is joining the modern age and the digital world thanks to a brand new app. The new app, called Beyond, hopes to streamline the Dungeons and Dragons experience.
Beyond isn’t just a big deal because it’s a fancy new app, it’s the first official digital tool for the game. Wizards of the Coast has allowed third party developers to make their own but hasn’t created a truly official digital platform until now. Beyond is developed with Curse Inc. and will be available for both PC and mobile. It will allow players to browse the rules from the fifth edition book, as well as other resources for both dungeon masters and players wanting to create new characters.
IO9 sat down with Curse’s product lead Adam Bradford to discuss the new app.
“Adam Bradford: D&D Beyond is an official digital toolset for Dungeons & Dragons for the fifth edition rules. Our focus is to make game management easier for players both at the table and between game sessions. At launch, a game rules compendium with all D&D sourcebooks in digital format will be available, as well as a character builder, digital character sheet, homebrew content creation, and the early stages of campaign management.”
“Dungeons & Dragons is in the zeitgeist today, more popular than it’s ever been, and Beyond is coming alongside to welcome all the new players and enhance the game experience for veterans. While third-party apps have come along to fill in gaps over time, D&D Beyond aims to provide those long-desired tools in a single, unified place.”