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Wayne Reynolds illustrates the world of Dungeons & Dragons on official Royal Mail stamps | Lega Nerd

Wayne Reynolds illustrates the world of Dungeons & Dragons on official Royal Mail stamps | Lega Nerd

The Royal Mail today unveils the extraordinary images of fourteen special stamps, issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s most famous role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). The collection was licensed by leading toy and game company Hasbro and its division Wizards of the Coast. D&D is often cited as the first modern role-playing game and is estimated to have over 64 million fans worldwide. It is also hugely popular in the UK. All 14 stamps in the series are illustrated by British artist Wayne Reynolds, with 11 of the illustrations commissioned specifically for this collection. Reynolds has previously illustrated various D&D games, rulebooks and guides for over 20 years.

The core set of eight beautiful stamps features a selection of iconic monsters from the game: Red Dragon, Owlbear, Vecna, Gelatinous Cube, Mind Flayer, Mimic, Warpbeast, and Beholder. When you shine a special surprise on the core set of stamps under ultraviolet light, four of them reveal the D&D ampersand (&) logo. The other four reveal an image relevant to the monster depicted on the stamp: Red Dragon (dragon head), Vecna ​​​​​​(skull), Mimic, and Beholder. Each of these four glow-in-the-dark images was created for the 50th anniversary. Six additional stamps, presented in a sheet, feature dynamic images of a band of adventuring heroes that can be used in the game, including: Tiefling Rogue, Human Bard, Halfling Cleric, Elf Warrior, Dwarf Paladin, and Dragonborn Wizard.

David Gold, Director of Foreign Affairs and Policy, said:

For fifty years, Dungeons & Dragons has allowed millions of fans around the world to use their imaginations to immerse themselves in a magical world. We are delighted that this creative and exciting role-playing game is being celebrated with the unique illustrations of British artist Wayne Reynolds.

Dan Rawson, Global Play Lead, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS at Wizards of the Coast, said:

Building on Hasbro’s work with Royal Mail, we are delighted to release this beautiful stamp collection, officially endorsed by HM King Charles III, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s most famous role-playing game. Featuring stunning illustrations by long-standing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS artist Wayne Reynolds, depicting our adventurous heroes and fearsome creatures, we are confident that these items will be enjoyed by D&D fans and stamp collectors alike.

Artist Wayne Reynolds said:

Being asked to illustrate the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS stamps for the Royal Mail was a huge honour for me. As a British artist it was a great opportunity to contribute to what I consider an iconic institution, with my illustrations created as a long-standing fantasy artist for D&D. I get to see my work on the stamps!

D&D was first published in 1974 and was originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in Wisconsin, USA. It was launched in the UK in 1975 and has since become the world’s most popular role-playing game. The worlds, monsters and gameplay of D&D have influenced the most famous fantasy genres in film, television, video games and more. The stamps, as well as a range of collectables, are available to pre-order from today, 11th July at www.royalmail.com/dnd and by telephone on +44 03457 641 641. The presentation pack, which contains all 14 stamps, costs £24.40. The stamps will be available to purchase from 25th July.