Sunday, September 25, 2016

Thomas Cole, DM

Inspired by the If Romantic-Era Artists Ran D&D Campaigns post on the Against the Wicked City blog, here's one for Thomas Cole. An early 19th-century American landscape artist, most associated with the Hudson River School, Cole also painted European ruins (while traveling), historical & biblical scenes, allegories and fantastic landscapes.

As DM, Cole would start the first level PCs with a ruined tower over a seaside cliff, the former abode of a strange wizard...
Italian Seacost with Ruined Tower

And then onto a sturdy keep on the border of the wild lands...
Fountain of Vaucluse, thanks to A Wizard in a Bottle

Then deep into a wilderness hexcrawl...
St John in the Wilderness

And into the dungeons beneath the ruins of a castle built by a mad demigod...
Ruins of Kenilworth Castle

In search of stolen artifacts hidden in a mountain with a white plume of smoke...
Mount Aetna

Against the giants...
Titan's Goblet

And finally on to the other planes of existence...
Youth

4 comments:

  1. Nice adventure and beautiful paintings. It's gonna be hard to melt down that goblet into a bunch of easy to carry ingots.

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  2. Cool. Funnily enough, I once did some archaeological work at Cole's house (it is a museum now), exposing an old brick walkway.

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  3. See here for a scan of a TLG ad for Castle Zagyg that uses a Thomas Cole painting, Explusion. Moon and Firelight (1828).

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