Some high res Dinotopia art

I’ve mentioned Dinotopia before, and although it’s not cowboy related it certainly has dinosaurs co-existing with humans. The setting is fantastic and really sparks the childhood imagination. I found a couple of high resolution pictures of Dinotopia art so I thought I’d share:

Definitely click on them for full size!

Thematic desert background

In case you haven’t had the luxury of visiting the vast desert scrub in the southern US, I thought a thematic picture would help inspire players. I can really imagine a lone cowboy riding their dinosaur mount through these rocky passes. Camping under the stars, avoiding bandits and gigantic carnivores, keeping their laser pistols holstered but ready.
From: http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details/2868/red_rock_in_the_winter_sun.html

Speaking of pictures that spur the imagination I finally picked up Dinotopia (well, I actually got it for my birthday). I got the 20th anniversary hardcover version and it’s super nice and just chock full of terrific pictures backed by a whimsical storyline. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a unique “coffee table book” or who is interested in the genre of humanity interacting with prehistoric life:

Dinotopia by James Gurney

Some more inspirational material, although less wild west and more Victorian era: Dinotopia. The book details a shipwrecked crew who find a lost island where humans and dinosaurs co-exist. It looks like some terrific art. I figure I might get the 20th anniversary edition when it’s released in September.

Not much else to say about that, but I did add it to the “recommended reading” section. Now to just resist the temptation to add airships (that is always, always a temptation).