Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Barrowmaze II

You know you're in for something exciting when you get an email from Greg "Barrowmaze" Gillespie  that begins "Here's an interesting idea"

I did 4 or 5 illustrations for Barrowmaze 1, which by all accounts were well received, and Barrowmaze seems to have gone down well with reviewers. As well it should it is great, its exactly the kind of undead laden dungeon-crawl that D&D is made for. Greg has kindly commissioned me for several more for Barrowmaze II (so far I've turned in 3 small monster illos, and have several others in the pipeline).

Anyway, Greg has gone the crowd-funding route, and is at just over 50% of the target.


So go, have a look, maybe pre-order if you like what you see. Supporting projects through crowd-funding looks like the future of niche product development where there is a core, identifiable and reachable audience - and in our case that means gaming. It's becoming more and more mainstream for gaming projects to work this way, (steve jacksons OGRE -designers edition, for example). Are we looking at the reinvention of late, western capitalism? maybe. Look at is as pre-ordering, and helping the project along.

Of course, this is partially self-serving, but Greg is also commissioning art from: Stefan Poag  Trevor Hammond, Scott LeMien, Alexander Cook, Stephan Thompson,  Cory Hamel and Jim Holloway
(anyone got links for Alex and Steph?).

And seeing as Greg has let the dice out of the bag, here's the neat idea:

Custom Barrowmaze Dice | icons by Zhu
Yeah! Custom barrowmaze dice! I drew up some icons - the Suicide King Wraith and the Broken Helmed Skull which replace the 6-spot. these will be strictly limited, and they'll be going into production as 'perks' for the $65 Crypt Knight package.

Right! that's enough. I'm serious about this whole hiatus thing...

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