I was a huge fan of Ravenloft when it first came out in the early 1990s. I found the horror setting fascinating, I loved the symbolic way in which doing evil deeds or casting dark spells in Ravenloft could cause any adventurer to slowly be taken over by the land itself. I liked the way that heroes and scoundrels who had always been unusually lucky in regular fantasy rpgs would aquire a swift dose of modesty and humility after their first couple of nights in Ravenloft. I also loved the illustrations in those books, because instead of showing the carefree adventurer standing over yet another ancient dead dragon, adventurers in Ravenloft were depicted losing their battles just as often as they won. In Ravenloft, the villians won as often as the good guys did. In Ravenloft, braggarts and lucky heroes who had stats which could outdo most Greek and Norse gods suddenly found out that being a hero meant more than just having a wimpy DM. In Ravenloft, heroes were hunted down and sacrificed by superstitious villagers. Likewise, I wanted to draw a series of pictures that would remind D&D players that victory doesn't come easily, and it often doesn't come at all.