Death to all Owlbears (Matt Morrow Style)

As regular readers know, Matt Morrow does a lot of art for Raging Swan Press (as for me, his style almost perfectly encapsulates my beloved Old-school feel). Check out what he just sent me—bathe in its awesome old-school goodness!


Matt’s awesome because not only does he do me a very cool image he also creates a banner for this very site! I have my banners on random rotate—think of it as a visual sneak attack—so here’s a look at the banner in case it hasn’t yet assaulted your eyeballs:

Now, the perceptive among you might notice something. This image is inspired by an image from a classic Basic module. Do you know which one? If you do, leave a comment below. I’ll give a free Raging Swan Press PDF (even our flagship product GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing) to the first 1d6 people to get it right.

Finally, Matt’s part of Encoded Design’s Patreon campaign. If you like his style, you can sign up to get cool character art ready for use in your campaign (or to serve as your own character sketch) every month. As you know, I’m a huge fan of Patreon (our Patreon campaign has been a tremendously positive influence on Raging Swan Press) so if you if you want cool artwork, I’d urge you to take a look at Encoded Design’s campaign.

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

13 thoughts on “Death to all Owlbears (Matt Morrow Style)”

  1. It is inspired by the B2 Keep on the Borderlands adventure I believe.

    I love this art and for me it reminds me of my beginnings in the game. My first character in fact perished at the hands of a hostile Owlbear!

    Banner looks amazing too

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Rob. I can’t yet comment on whether you are right or not, but I’m sorry your first PC was killed by an owlbear. On the plus side, at least it wasn’t a kobold. That would have been embarrassing!

  2. I have to agree, the inside cover of B2 came to mind at the very sight of the title! The art is a great update / homage, I think.

  3. This can be an homage to none other than Keep on the Borderlands. All we need, I think, is a guy up front w/ a spear … 🙂

  4. Keep on the Borderlands. First TPK I was ever in was due to that feathery/furry beast.

  5. I’ve got pretty much every release, so I won’t throw my hat in the ring, but dang, if the PCs chose the wrong cave, they were lunch. Well, dinner in the case of one group. (“Nothing’s moved around that cave entrance all day? Okay, let’s try that one.”)

    Good times.

  6. I’ve rolled the dice and Rob Gruber, James Summerson and Steve have all won a PDF of their choice. The lucky winners should just drop me a line at [myfirstname] [at] Let me know your RPGNow registered email address and what you want and I’ll get right on it!

    1. That’s a bit of good news for a Friday. Hopefully my luck will hold out trying to snag a copy of the new Runequest rules tomorrow!

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