Pathfinder cover art = Erol Otus homage?


Pathfinder First Edition General Discussion


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Curious question for the Pathfinder staff -- was the cover art to the Pathfinder RPG Core Book meant to be an homage/shout-out to the cover of the old D&D Basic Set, drawn by Erol Otus?

The style is obviously very different, but the composition is remarkably similar. Both of them feature a male warrior and a female spellcaster (lower right), facing off against a dragon (left), in a subterranean setting. I don't think any other incarnation of D&D had that exact configuration. Come to think of it, even Seoni's outfit looks similar to the old cover.

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Basic D&D
Pathfinder

I always liked that old cover. Is the similarity a coincidence, or conscious design?

Dark Archive

Oh wow, that's an awesome coincidence, if so. It's just missing the chest of gold & jewels to make it complete!

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

Sort of.

We said: "Wayne, give us Valeros and Seoni fighting a dragon in a dungeon," and that's what he gave us.

Dark Archive

Erik Mona wrote:

Sort of.

We said: "Wayne, give us Valeros and Seoni fighting a dragon in a dungeon," and that's what he gave us.

And boy, didn't he deliver... Wayne's cover art for the Core Rulebook and Bestiary are the best pieces I've seen from him, and they capture the "Paizonian Feel" just perfectly! :)

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