One thing I’ve long wanted to do is to produce different versions of a role playing game – we’ll say Blood & Treasure since that’s my game to play around with – keyed to different artists. The rules would stay largely the same, though it might be fun to introduce a couple optional rules to bring the game closer to a particular artist’s style – i.e. rules that make the Arthur Rackham version of a game slightly different than the Frank Frazetta version of a game.
If I did this with Blood & Treasure, for example, I would create a “basic” B&T – much shorter, simpler, and make the layout serve the art (and be in color!). I think it would be fun to have simple games to play in books that mainly exist to be beautiful. Imagine something about 30 to 40 pages long, with maybe several nice illustrations in color.
Anyhow – I got to thinking about this again because I was perusing the artwork of Arthur Szyk today. Imagine a game with illustrations like these …
This might be something worth doing after I finish the NOD 23, Tome of Monsters, Grit & Vigor and the revision of some older works. Of course, the books would have to work off of stock art by modern artists or works in the public domain (so no Szyk or Frazetta, unfortunately) to make them financially feasible, but it still might be fun. Maybe the basic version of Blood & Treasure could be called Blood Simple (crap, I think I’m starting to really like this idea …)
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