March 15, 2015 at 11:42 pm #747
Matt Barton mentioned something similar to this on his blog and I totally agree with him.
One of the distinguishing things about the Gold Box series was the amazing TSR / D&D cover art. I wonder if you guys might consider getting one of the still living classic TSR-era artists on board for a cover painting for Seven Dragon Saga. Imagine the kind of attention and nostalgic appeal that would bring! It would also make pledging for the physical box copy all the more enticing.
I believe Clyde Caldwell and Jeff Easley are both still doing commissions these days. I’ve seen Jeff doing recent work for the Dungeon Crawl Classics tabletop RPG line. Larry Elmore seems more focused on personal work but you may still be able to license a previously made piece from him.
I realize commissioning a new piece could be expensive but you could also consider just licensing an existing piece from one of these artists. All three of these artists have plenty of dragons and eye-catching heroes in their portfolios!
I know that personally I’d be very tempted to up my pledge for a boxed copy if one of these artists had made the cover.March 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm #748
We also have been tempted, and have been to their sites. I still remember the covers we could get for the Gold Box games, since SSI had the right to pull anything out of TSR’s art library for free. None of the box covers were commissioned for those games, but rather for other TSR products. Since the relationships would be different here, there are more issues involved. If we do go that way, we will certainly advertise the fact.March 16, 2015 at 1:17 am #751
Thank you for the reply – I’m glad to hear it is still being considered!
I understand the situation isn’t as easy as the SSI days as far as access to these artists’ D&D work. I believe the three of them are independent now though so hopefully that makes for less legal hoops to jump through, at least for their post-TSR stuff. I imagine the main hurdle is financial, and if they have the time / desire to do the work.
Hoping there is way for this to work out! Even just a tentative agreement from one of the artists, contingent on the Kickstarter funding, would be very exciting.March 16, 2015 at 3:54 am #754
I’d love to see that as well. The old D&D boxes held a special place in my heart.March 16, 2015 at 7:48 am #756
Didn’t Laura Bowen mention that she did a good amount of art for the gold box games? I imagine that she would be able to do some art in a similar style. In any case, I would also love to see a few artistic nods to the old games in there somewhere.March 31, 2015 at 2:38 am #822
I’d be OK with this suggestion, but don’t want to besmirch any of the fine artwork on display already. I am sure those artists could also make a really cool cover.
Or if you’re not afraid of delving a little farther back into the AD&D archives, there’s this Jeff Dee guy…May 4, 2015 at 4:17 am #841
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