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#221 Tigger_MK4

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:15 PM

As long as it isnt manga or the semi-abstract shi...er... rubbish that passed for interior art in VtM 2nd ed, I'll be happy.

So far, the limited amount of art I've seen for 7th ed seems excellent.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:36 PM

On Dean Engelhardt's blog he published an interview he did with the Sans Detours guys.  One quote I loved seeing there, which might provide guidance (not that there's any shortage of that on this forum, eh, Badger? :-P ) ...

 

"We, as publishers, have an obligation to make our books more attractive to younger generations of gamers. They need to be simple and easy to understand to readers both novice and expert. A product line that is 30 years old can easily seem overwhelming to someone who is thinking of taking their first step into this universe. Hopefully, experienced gamers can provide a lot of the assistance required to help new players discover this hobby.

When we attend events we see that many younger players know what Call of Cthulhu is or have even played the game themselves. We see it as our job to give those new players the right tools for them to continue to have fun in this game."

 

From everything I've seen so far, it looks like Badger and the team are doing just that.  


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#223 Badger

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:20 AM

Enjoyed the blog, Badger.  What an amazing opportunity for you to transform not only the low standard of what Chaosium has produced, but also to evolve your own high-quality work.  I'm excited for you, and looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

 

 

Thanks for the kind words, Cole! While i know it's impossible to please everyone, i'm hoping that most Call of Cthulhu fans (new and old) will be happy with what we've done.

 

As long as it isnt manga or the semi-abstract shi...er... rubbish that passed for interior art in VtM 2nd ed, I'll be happy.

So far, the limited amount of art I've seen for 7th ed seems excellent.

 

Ummm, no, no manga or anything like that. :)

 

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:18 AM

*bump* Just to let y'all know, Mike has made another update to the 7th edition Kickstarter page, with a first glimpse into how the book design is shaping up, plus a sneak preview of some of the artwork...

 

 

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#225 StephanieMcAlea

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:31 AM

No papyrus. Nothing more need be said, this edition will suck.

I hate Papyrus with a passion and have been forced to use it only once on a client's request. I can only sympathise with the layout guy who's doing MWP's Firefly RPG. Firefly is ALL about Papyrus!

On a related note, my maps went off a little while back, were all approved, and are presumably waiting to be placed. I trust Badger's skill implicitly. I also recently did a map in which I included rain. Can't really say much more on that.

I'll happily post teasers etc when/if Charlie, Meghan, or Mike give me permission to do so.

I'm just not sure the Arkham Horror stuff is the best art for Call of Cthulhu.

Hm. Agreed. I love it, but it's quite a modern take on the pulp era and style.

In 1982, at Toppers games in Chester, I was thumbing through a book in a dark green box. My friends and I had been playing D&D for a while and wanted a change. We weren't sure over the dull green box... some of the others wanted to pick up Gamma World. It was this picture by Gene Day that sealed the deal and, I think, is one of the most atmospheric images in any edition.Posted Image

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:46 PM

Right there with you, Steff. My first Call of Cthulhu purchase was the Escape From Innsmouth sourcebook. The mood and atmosphere, the evocation of dread and decay, that John T. Snyder was able to illicit from his renderings of the town of Innsmouth, captured my eye immediately. 

 

And now, years later, i get to work with the man on book projects. Amazing.

 

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#227 StephanieMcAlea

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 11:59 AM

Tru dat, Badger.

 

Incidentally, now that its out, I can say that the map with raindrops is in 'Dead Lights'. Proper isolated horror!