Best RPG Covers of All Time

Mankcam

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I love how the DCC module covers mix the aesthetic of 1970 pulp paperback covers with heavy metal and prog album covers from the same era.

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Yeah I totally love the art for DCC.

It reminds me of a cross between adolescent artwork that I drew all over my Maths books, and a 2nd hand bookstore specialising in pulp and weird fantasy, with faded covers of Metal Hurlant, Epic, and Fangora magazines alongside cheesy westerns as well as sword & sorcery/sword & planet novellas.

Great stuff!
 

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I've always felt the back cover to James Bond 007 was more exciting and signified fast-paced adventure better than the front cover did. The woman sitting in the invisible chair always looked a little odd to me.
She's not sitting, she's fully supported on Bond's steely butt cheeks. Because he's a gentleman.
 

Rich H

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Jon Hodgson's art is awesome, has this great dreamy fantasy feel that comes across very grounded. I wish I had a better way to describe it that didn't come across as lame.
Without doubt there's an impressionistic element to his work with the way he uses colours in his landscapes and he approaches composition. Makes his art in the RPG world look and feel pretty unique. One of my faves of all time. He's also a top bloke.
 

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Thank the lord these were posted! Took a while for them both to appear but I was scrolling through the posts getting more and more jumpy that they weren't around! :grin:
I think they were in some of the early broken links but I might be wrong.
 

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I missed TORG entirely to the point I just don't know anything about it other than it has some true fans.
TORG Eternity is worth checking out, I got it in a Bundle of Holding, it is the same setting but with a more streamlined ruleset.
 

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I wonder how the sales would have been affected if they stuck with blue.
 

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I wonder how the sales would have been affected if they stuck with blue.
I don't know if it would have mattered. The Moldvay D&D Basic Set was a big hit and that was almost the same color as Star Frontiers: Alpha Dawn. It was the '80s. It was part of the palette of the time.
 

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I’m a visual person. I need some art on the cover or it won’t grab me. I also find books without interior art to be dull reading.
 

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I missed TORG entirely to the point I just don't know anything about it other than it has some true fans.
I liked the concept of TORG a lot more than the actual mechanics. The basic premise is that there are these alien realities which are attaching themselves to places on our earth -- dinosaurs in North America, elves and dragons in England, cybertech in Japan, and so on -- and players were "storm knights" trying to defeat minions of these realities. I like the fact that tech might not work in a dinosaur reality so the player would have to roll to impose their reality onto the default reality of that particular cosmos. The vibe of the setting was excellent, but I never really liked MasterBook or the use of the drama deck cards. I didn't play it much, so maybe if I'd played it more the system would have grown on me....
 

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It wasn't quite 'our' Earth, it was an Action Hero analog, where Schwarzenegger roles were real.
 

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This is one I'm guessing few of you will know. There was a comic book shop in Fresno I visited when I worked in the Sierra Nevada and my first season working in the USNPS coincided with the release of Dan Brereton's The Nocturnals limited series, so my semi-monthly supply runs 'down the hill' meant picking up the issues as they came out. Doc, Polychrome, Halloween Girl, and Gunwitch remain among my favorite comic book characters, and it was a real and very pleasant shock when Green Ronin released a Nocturnals sourcebook for 1e Mutants & Masterminds.

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I ditched most of my d20 stuff long ago, but I kept the 1e M&M core rule and this sourcebook . . . just in case . . .

Btw, not only was it amazingly cool looking, it's a really good sourcebook for roleplaying the comic.
 

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I remember Nocturnals. Bought any comic stuff I could find on it, as well as the d20 sourcebook. Something about that artwork really grabs me. Never played the thing, but I liked it. Heck, I may still have it in a box somewhere, I'm really not sure.
 

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Back when Return of the Jedi was new, I had a poster of that on my wall. I miss that poster. That has always been one of my favorite Star Wars promo images.
For Christmas we bought my son this poster set.

 
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