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I totally forgot about the fact that I had done this little prequel story first while in 10th grade in the 1982 edition of Gallery Magazine, and that it included a very cool 3D view of the castle that I drew up and inked for the story! I was just learning drafting at the time (I took a drafting class in 9th grade in high school and eventually got a degree in architecture) but had drawn up many a dungeon plan prior to drawing this. In fact, if it wasn't for D&D I probably would have never become an architect in the first place. The castle drawing actually looks like a perspective but may have been an isometric type of drawing though if so, it's it doesn't look like its in the usual 30/60 degree angle format (but it may be). I'll have to slap this sucker on the old drafting board and see if it really is a true perspective or an isometric drawing. Either way, it's a precursor to some of the cool castle drawings I did for Iron Crown Enterprises back in the day, a few of which were 3D perspectives or isometric/axonometric projections like this one. It also illustrates my fanaticism and intense interest in castle design and construction and castle drawing which was a direct result of playing D&D as a kid.
I had a book when I was a kid (though I'm not sure where it is now) simply entitled Castle by David MacAulay (see Amazon link here: Castle by David MacAulay) which describes how the Norman Conquerors built their castles to control Wales after their conquest of England in 1066. The book is wonderfully illustrated and includes plans, perspectives and illustrations of a fictitious castle supposedly built in
In the meantime, enjoy my first foray into fiction writing and an early 3D castle drawing in the story below. I'll post the recap of the actual adventure from the 1983 publication of Gallery Magazine as a followup to this blog post. I'll see if I can find the original plan layout for this castle and the dungeon write up to post here as well, but my guess is I've lost it at this point. There's nothing to keep me from re-creating the castle plan and D&D adventure write up from the recap and the drawing below though!
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