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Judging a Book by its Cover

Crossposted from http://parsantium.wordpress.com/blog/

After 24 years working in bookselling, I know how important having a good cover is to selling a book. If the cover is dull, naff, or just badly illustrated or designed, no one is going to pick your book up to read the blurb on the back or have a look inside. And online, covers need to look cool even when they're shown in much reduced form on a webpage.

That's why getting a great cover for Parsantium: City at the Crossroads is something I am very passionate about. I want the cover image to show what's cool and different about the city and the player characters who have adventures there, and I needed to find a talented fantasy artist to do this.

I'm very pleased to have commissioned Joe Shawcross to illustrate the cover. You can have a look at some of his recent work here.

What's your favourite RPG cover? What do you like about it?


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Jun. 22nd, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Shadowrun (1st & 2nd ed) maybe? It has your magic, your tech, your punk rock elves...
Jun. 22nd, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
and Elmore covers on some of the books, IIRC!
Jun. 22nd, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, yup. Also oh wait, no it is Harlequin's Back, that is actually my favorite, since it is Brom. Brom, Barlowe, that gothy stuff, that pushes my buttons.
Jun. 22nd, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
The Brom stuff for Dark Sun was pretty cool too.
Jun. 23rd, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
& Tony DiTerlizzi on Planescape...
Jun. 23rd, 2013 11:16 am (UTC)
His work on Planescape is amazing, but he didn't do many covers. In fact, Planescape's cover art is not that great IMHO
Jun. 22nd, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Hands down, Taladas-The Minotaurs is my favorite RPG cover. Elmore's a good example of art, too.

The Black Company Campaign Setting.

I like the style of the 3.5 Eberron and FR books, with the large, wraparound scenes. But Wanye Reynold's Paizo stuff is so-so, which is weird, because they're so similar.
Jun. 22nd, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not really familiar with the 2e Dragonlance stuff but that is a nice cover.

The Eberron covers from Wayne Reynolds are great - I love the Sharn illustration in particular. Will check out Black Company.
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