There was a time when I fell in love with D&D… well, perhaps that’s not entirely true. There were actually a dozen times I fell in love with D&D, but the time I fell in love with Aleena was the first time I fell romantically in love with D&D.
For all you Grognards out there who remember the Red Box, I have to wonder if you fell in love with Aleena too, and if a part of you died with here in that first intro adventure penned by Frank Mentzer [curse you Frank, and curse you Larry Elmore for creating the ‘Aleena Look’ as I call it that appears in so many of your wonderful images from that time period.]
Today, on Art of the Genre, I’m going to take us all back to that ‘Learning to play Dungeons & Dragons games!’ adventure that started it all for so many of us in a certain age category.
I hope in viewing these images, remembering your first bought with the undead, Bargle the wizard, and finding a bag of gold that no human could ever hope to carry will make you want to take out the Red Box once more and perhaps not only run this intro, but the great little solo adventure that comes after it.
For all of us who don’t have players these days, or out lives keep us from the game that means so much, this adventure is for you, so I hope you enjoy the images I’ve captured from Larry and Jeff Easley on this TSR classic!
Artistic Rating: 5 [out of 5]