I've mentioned on HeroPress many times over the years how the work of Ray Harryhausen was a the single biggest influence on my gaming when I started playing Dungeons & Dragons in the late 70s and his style of animation and storytelling has continued to inspire me to this day.
Of particular importance to me were Jason And The Argonauts and the Sinbad trilogy (especially The Eye Of The Tiger, which was my first exposure to the world of Sinbad and became a direct inspiration for a world-spanning, nautical campaign I ran for Gublin).
The skeleton fight in Jason And The Argonauts is always my role model for fights against animated skeletons (if not all fights!) while the Medusa in Clash Of The Titans is, of course, the definitive look for the snake-haired demon whenever she appears in one of my dungeons.
As I've said before I wouldn't be the person I am today - proud gamer and geek - without the cinematic masterpieces of Ray Harryhausen which informed and coloured my childhood.
He will be missed but his films live on.
NOTE: R.J. Thompson over at Gamers & Grognards has had the splendid idea of making this Friday an OSR Harryhausen blogfest.