This is entry #9 in our ongoing 100 Philosophers, 100 Artworks, 100 Words Series.
Philosopher: P.D. Magnus (Albany)
Artwork: B2: The Keep on the Borderlands written by Gary Gygax. Cover art by Jim Roslof. Interior illustrations by Erol Otus.
Words: I first encountered this adventure module in the red box D&D basic set, at age 8 or so, and we had the hardest time figuring out how it was supposed to work. We had never played a role-playing game before, after all. Now, decades later, I have moved on to other games. But it began in that matrix of 10’x10′ squares. It’s a work of art perhaps in the way that a folio or curated collection is, because it contains pictures and texts, but also in the sense that it provided a new way of seeing the world.