Comments on 2019-05-15 The purpose of art in a RPG product

I love the art in RPG books but I hate that it’s only really seen by the DM. I buy more PDFs than physical books so art often gets in the way rather than enhances my experience while playing, but it’s nice for theme while reading away from the table.

Tom 2019-05-15 20:31 UTC

Yeah, I hate it when there are beautiful maps that nobody else ever sees.



And then there’s the drawbacks of having the wrong art:

– Alex Schroeder 2019-05-16 05:54 UTC

I just read a very interesting post about Silent Titans. A Literary Analysis of Silent Titans by Patrick Stuart on the Sheep and Sorcery blog.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-05-19 08:35 UTC

Another positive review: Silent Titans Actually Works.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-05-22 06:44 UTC

100% onboard with the “I’d rather spend an hour half-assedly prepping a dungeon than looking for the right existing one” sentiment.

I guess that’s why I’ve been designing all these procedural tools and worksheets and stuff.

Hey BTW, Alex, did you write about the aforementioned sentiment somewhere else recently or am I imagining it?

Eric Nieudan 2019-05-27 12:56 UTC

Hm, not sure, Eric. On Lasagna Social I posted some thoughts that ended up in blog posts but it was more abstract.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-05-27 18:09 UTC

Back in my Graphic Design class they pointed out (this is from rough memory) that most art in books serves two purposes (1) To clarify text visually (2) to act as a sort of bookmark to help find bits of information later.

So add those two to the benefits. These apply even if the art is horrifically ugly as long as it is clear (unlike the map mentioned above).

– Ruprecht 2019-06-04 18:59 UTC

Good points!

– Alex Schroeder 2019-06-04 19:04 UTC

I’m also reminded of my thoughts on Fight On! magazine and the old school I miss:

I like the spirit of doing it yourself. Making your own house rules. The sheer uncontrolled mass … makes me happy. … I like the part that is not related to products. I liked the part about Fight On! and the One Page Dungeon Contest that showed me other people doing similar stuff without shiny gloss and fancy art. – 2017-12-22 What I like about the Old School

– Alex Schroeder 2019-08-31 23:18 UTC

Excellent blog posts:

And an interesting Reddit thread.

Or maybe A Lot of RPG Books Are Too Expensive. Not because they are but because we’re optimizing for coffee table books, perhaps?

– Alex Schroeder 2019-08-31 23:53 UTC

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