My name is Marc Radle. I’m a professional graphic artist / designer by trade. I also do a fair amount of freelance writing, game design, graphic design and illustration for a number of RPG companies. In addition, I’m the Art Director for Kobold Press.
I started playing D&D as a kid in the mid to late 70’s – good ol’ First Edition AD&D! We also played many other RPGs back then … Marvel Superheroes, Champions, Elfquest, FASA’s Star Trek, Star Frontiers, the list goes on … but it always came back to AD&D for us! I kind of faded out of gaming around the time 2nd Edition came out – mainly because most of my gaming friends turned into grown ups when I wasn’t looking and moved away but also because 2nd Edition just didn’t quite do it for me (although I did play it a little and there were aspects that I did like).
Third edition really pulled me back in though and the Pathfinder RPG has made things even better!
Back in the mid-nineties, I worked with Last Unicorn Games as an illustrator, graphic designer and ‘online guy’. LUG created and published games such as the ARIA: Canticle of the Monomyth RPG, HERESY: Kingdom Come CCG and, later, the Star Trek RPG and Dune RPG
More recently, I’ve written RPG material for companies like Kobold Press (New Paths Compendium, Advanced Races: Lamia); Super Genius Games (the Vanguard class, Exalted Domains, Cavaliers’ Orders, Krazy Kragnar’s Magic Staff Emporium); Raging Swan Press (The Sunken Pyramid, Lizardfolk of the Dragon Fang) and Purple Duck Games (Legendary Shields and Legendary Armor) just to name a few.
I’ve done the layout and graphic design for products like Deep Magic, New Paths Compendium, Midgard Tales and The Midgard Bestiary (Kobold Press)
I’ve also provided countless illustrations for companies like Kobold Press and Kobold Quarterly Magazine, Frog God Games, Raging Swan Press, Super Genius Games, 4 Winds Fantasy, Purple Duck Games, Black Blade Publishing and Last Unicorn Games.
Each week I’ll be taking a look at a piece from my portfolio, explaining both the brainstorming and the backstory. Then I’ll be sending the original art piece to a new home: the DungeonMastering reader (maybe you) who posts the Coolest Comment about it. The judge will be Yours Truly, and the Coolest Comment may be something serious or funny or insightful. The winner will be announced at the end of the next article in the planned 20+ Pen & Pixels series, which we plan on coming out the following week. Each week’s winner will then have the art safely mailed out to them, and if you like, I can also sign it to you or to someone else if it’s a gift.
So that’s the big news- post here if you have any questions or thoughts. And we’ll see you next week with the inaugural column!