Thursday, May 27, 2010

LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing Cover Art


This is going to be the box cover art for LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing. The Rules book cover will be a close-up of the Flame Princess, and the Referee book cover will be a close-up of the snake demon.

Still to be completed is the censored version, which will have a bit of hair over the snake demon breasts. The censored version will be used for the online catalog thumbnails and for the non-European retail sales posters so stores can put those up in their front window without any problems, but the actual boxes will all use this as the cover art.

Artwork by Cynthia Sheppard, the snake demon model is Luz de Luna Duran and the Flame Princess model is Marjut Mykkänen.

28 comments:

  1. I really like this cover. I am not getting "Weird Fantasy" from it, but certainly "old school".

    I will keep an eye out for it.

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  2. That looks GREAT! (Tho I think the Flame Princess looks more than a little bit like Princess Leia ...)

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  3. Holy Crap that's cool...I would would buy the game for the art...well, and the super cool wierdness.

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  4. Just added it to my "to-buy" list.

    Looking forward to its release!

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  5. I like it, but I don't think it is weird enough to be "weird fantasy".

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  6. Very nice. May have put me over the line from "interested" to "will purchase".

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  7. But... But... It doesn't look exactly like a Trampier/Sutherland/Otus drawing! ;)

    Very nice work. I like the general lack of medieval trappings, and the wintery background is great. That's the scariest-looking type V demon I've ever seen.

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  8. I like it, but I agree with the others who noted that it doesn't scream "weird fantasy" to me.

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  9. OMG! Seriously, out of the ballpark! Congrats to both you and Ms. Sheppard.

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  10. Very nice! The Type V is a personal favorite of mine, so I really dig it.

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  11. I'm more than a little dismayed that you are forced to preemptively censor yourself to accommodate the puritanical sensibilities of a few malcontents who can't stand the idea that females actually have nipples.

    It is most definitely a kickass piece of art. Well done.

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  12. Very nice. I dig the color scheme.

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  13. Seems pretty weird to me. Definitely not normal. I mean shit, what does it need? Robot monkeys carrying space guns shooting at cthulu while flying a unicorn?

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  14. I like the fact that the painting has only ONE out-of-the-ordinary thing in it. The land, the trees, the snow, etc. is all normal. The red-haired woman looks normal. Her clothes (early 19th-century?) look normal. Her sword looks normal (rather than being gargantuan and/or glowing and/or etc).

    In other words, every element of the painting could take place right here on hum-drum planet Earth...

    ...except for the six-armed half-serpentine demoness.

    And THAT's James's style of weird: The juxtaposition of ONE weird element against a mundane world. The weird element is all the weirder for that.

    Contrast that with your typical D&D art: A monster is fighting a party of A) a wizard blasting it with a lightning bolt, B) an elf, C) a dwarf, D) a hobbit, E) a fighter with a flaming sword, and F) a cleric pointing a glowing thingee at the monster. In other words, everything and everyone in the picture is weird. And if everything is weird, then the weird is no longer out of the ordinary. Instead, the weird becomes the norm and threatens to cease being weird.

    (I'm not saying that all-weird-all-the-time can't work. It can.)

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  15. >>I'm more than a little dismayed that you are forced to preemptively censor yourself to accommodate the puritanical sensibilities of a few malcontents who can't stand the idea that females actually have nipples.

    It's just for the advertising. I need to be able to have that anywhere I decide it needs to be. Then people can come get the actual game as they please.

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  17. Wow. I've been reading this blog for a while now, am a HUGE fan of your previous work, and have been following your Weird Fantasy Role-Playing project, and I have to say, this is some amazing cover art.

    Congratulations to both you and Ms. Sheppard!

    This captures the flavor of the game perfectly. It is absolutely "weird fantasy" how I imagine it. I agree 100% with Geoffrey, this is perfect, weirdness and horror are much more effective when juxtaposed with the ordinary.

    Again, well done, and I'll definitely be buying this!

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  18. This I like. A lot. I hope it makes it to Aus.

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  19. I agree with many of the comments above. It is subtle yet striking at the same time. Not too fantastical with so many elements one has to wonder which is supposed to be the 'weird' one.

    I may need to buy this, and not only to justify my new desktop wallpaper of this beautiful duet!

    Ciao!
    GW

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  20. Regarding teh boobs: I appreciate them, as I can say that the cover of the original Eldritch Wizardry (along with the title) inspired me a great deal; I'm not just talking about lasciviousness, I mean that the power of the image left an impression. Your cover qualifies in that regard.

    But I do wonder. Table top RPGs are still too much of a boy's club. While my groups (past college at least) have all had a significant number of women, most do not. In my opinion, this is not due to anything inherent in women or in RPGs, but due to the conduct of some who play RPGs and most women's impression of them. I do wonder if covers like these contribute to that. Certainly not all women mind boobs, but I don't think folks would disagree that a significant number are tired of getting the impression that boobs are being used to sell stuff.

    It does not escape my notice that the Flame Princess is dressed as an adventurer would dress and not in the chainmail bikini. This isn't like many Avalanche Press covers which for a time had scantily clad women as a trademark of their line.

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  21. Wow. Very striking - like it.

    Where do we get promo posters from?

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  22. >>Certainly not all women mind boobs, but I don't think folks would disagree that a significant number are tired of getting the impression that boobs are being used to sell stuff.

    Luna's enthusiasm in becoming this creature was so overwhelming that I will consider a fool anyone complaining that the piece is exploitative.

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  23. Chatting with Jim via IM now.

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  24. I really like the cover. The princess's hair contrasts nicely against the white background. And the snake demon looks awesomely frightening - look at the size of that serpent's tail! The human/snake body transition is very well resolved.

    Congratulations!

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