Just wondering if this forum is the place to talk about non-fiction inspirations for D&D. I wanted to recommend Monuments of Ancient Egypt, which compiles the engravings produced by Napoleon's scientific corps on the subject of Egyptian antiquities. The wealth of technical and architectural renderings, maps and evocative scenes in this book is incredible. Another great source for maps and scenes of ruins (this time Roman) is Taschen's Piranesi book.
But as always in my strange and roving existence, wonder soon drove out fear; for the luminous abyss and what it might contain presented a problem worthy of the greatest explorer. -H.P. Lovecraft, "The Nameless City"
I read an edition of Julius Caesar's account of his campaign in Gaul that had archaeological & historical illustrations of things like the earthworks he built in his camp, the armor the Celts wore, etc. It had some awesome descriptions of naval actions using grappling hooks to snare the enemy's rigging and pull them in to board that totally made me want to use the naval combat rules.
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Just wondering if this forum is the place to talk about non-fiction inspirations for D&D.
Offhand, I don't see why not. I suppose it could go into "general" but here is as good as any.
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