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Pen & Pixels Intro

Written by Marc_Radle - Published on April 18, 2014


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!

Written by Marc_Radle

I’m a professional graphic artist and designer by trade. In my copious amount of spare time, I also do freelance illustration, writing, and graphic design. I’m also the Art Director for Kobold Press (sleep is highly overrated!)

I started playing D&D as a kid in the late 70s—good old 1st Edition AD&D! My friends and I 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! I faded out of gaming sometime after 2nd Edition came out—partially because 2nd Edition just didn’t quite do it for me (although I did play 2nd Edition a little though and certainly enjoyed some aspects of it) but also because my gaming friends all turned into grown-ups, got real lives, and moved away when I wasn’t looking!

The 3rd Edition of D&D really pulled me back into the hobby again, and I’ve since become a HUGE fan of the Pathfinder RPG.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with lots of great game companies, including Kobold Press, Super Genius Games, Raging Swan Press, Jon Brazer Enterprises, Tricky Owlbear Publishing and even Last Unicorn Games (back in the day)

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7 Responses to “Pen & Pixels Intro”
  1. Michael Smith says:

    Looking forward to your blog! Can’t wait to see your past projects as well as any current or fututre stuff! Your contest sounds amazing as well!

  2. Darkwarren says:

    Looking forward to this series!

  3. Marc Radle says:

    Thanks everyone!

    For the inaugural installment of the column, we’ll be diving deep beneath the waves to talk about an illustration combining shark jaws and the undead …

  4. Great stuff, Marc! Look forward to reading more about your art ;)

  5. Marc Radle says:

    Hey everyone, just a quick heads up – I was invited to contribute some material to a very cool KickStarter:

    Mythic Mania: Three Mythic Rulebooks for Pathfinder RPG


    “… it’s also time to celebrate getting nearly simultaneously to the ULTIMATE HEROES bonus goal at $34,000 *AND* to the 250 backers goal, both of which unlock a raft of content for the Mythic Hero’s Handbook, now pushing up to almost 230 pages! On top of that Marc Radle will be doing the same for two of the classes in the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press We will be posting up Marc’s selections soon as well, but I have it on very good authority that fans of the spell-less ranger should be very happy!…”

    If you are a Pathfinder and/or Mythic fan, check it out and consider backing the project if it strikes your fancy :)



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