Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Deva

One of the coolest things in the Player's Handbook 2 is the new character race: the deva. I was fortunate to do an illustration of one.

Monday, April 20, 2009

PHB2 - Wild Elf



The Player's Handbook 2 was recently released, which I did a few illustrations for. This one called for a Wild Elf. My first version (the bottom one) wasn't quite "wild" enough, so I added some tattoos and animal pelts - because everyone knows that makes you wilder.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Brigand

When I was recently making a portfolio, I dug up this old image. I fixed a few things (his head was too big - proportions have always been hard for me) and thought it'd make a good blog post.

Reprints

Dungeoneer fan Tyler Dion asks when Tomb of the Lich Lord will be reprinted? Good question Tyler!

Currently there are 3 sets out of print:
Tomb of the Lich Lord
Haunted Woods of Malthorin
Den of the Wererats

We prepped the art for the press (there was minor errata on a couple cards) and were ready to go, when we discovered a sudden, and HUGE, spike in the printing costs. We didn't want to raise the retail price, but we couldn't print them at a loss either.

To put the problem in context, the larger your print run, the lower your costs can be. Large games like Magic: the Gathering can absorb the printing cost increase, but our print runs are closer to 5-10 thousand. And a reprint just doesn't sell as much as a new game, generally.

The options left are to wait until there are enough pre-orders and to hope the cost spike is only a bubble that will come back down. Or, raise the retail price. We're still deliberating.

In the meantime I've made copies I own available for sale on eBay. To make it worth the time and effort, I've had to add incentives: an original sketch and signed print.

Also, the Dungeoneer RPG will have some of the cards from those sets, when it is completed and hopefully printed later this year.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dungeoneer Rules Numbered


I've been told time and again how great and fun Dungeoneer is and how not-so-great the rules are...the rules have been rewritten a few times, and improved upon, and expanded as the game has grown, but it has always been tough to write the perfect rules set.

Boardgamegeek.com user Dane Barrett has posted his version of the Dungeoneer rules, where he divided up all the rules, reorganized them a bit, and numbered them. The result is an incredibly handy version of the rules where every rule can be quickly found and more easily understood!

Is Boardgamegeek.com the best site on the interwebs? Quite possibly.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Play Dungeoneer Online!

Studio Denmark and Vassal Factory are proud to announce the English version of the Dungeoneer module for the VASSAL engine.

The VASSAL Engine is a set of general-purpose Java libraries for creating online versions of traditional board and card games. It provides support for game piece rendering and interaction, and supports play by email or over a live connection.

Currently in development, the entire Tomb of the Lich Lord set is being converted to work with Vassal Factory's virtual tabletop gaming technology.