Spine Treatments

When obtaining art assets for books in the roleplaying industry, I have noticed there is a lot of input into getting the interior artwork and cover artwork. With selling pdfs (and other electronic editions) through places like DriveThruRPG, you'll find that those files have the front cover, the back cover, and the interior. They are usually in that order so you can view the pdf as a two-up document with a separate page for the front cover, preserving the page spreads in the printed work. What seems to be forgotten -- or at least not considered fully -- is the treatment for the spine of the book. I find this odd, because at a store, your book is more likely to be shelved spine-out. I hadn't really noticed this until I developed the cover for Magpie Games' Urban Shadows. For that book's cover, we only had the front artwork which was to be placed on a black background. The back artwork...
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2017 ENnie Awards and Layout Influence on a Line

7th Sea was nominated for seven ENnies. Products I worked on have been nominated for (and won) ENnies in the past, but not all of the awards are things I feel I should get an award for. Like last year Urban Shadows was up for Best Rules and Product of the Year. If Urban Shadows had won Product of the Year, I would have gone out and gotten a copy of the medal because layout has to do with creating the whole product. It won Best Rules, which had nothing to do with me, so I am okay with no award for Thomas. 7th Sea's Mark Richardson, our staff cartographer, was nominated for Best Cartography this year. Discussing the nominations, we realized this is the only award with nominations for 7th Sea products that was as close to 100% a single person's award. Mark may have had guidance and feedback from others on the John Wick Presents team, but it's as...
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Modiphius’ Star Trek Adventures

Late last week, Modiphius released links to preorder their new Star Trek roleplaying game, Star Trek Adventures. Visually, it looks cool, perhaps up there with Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars RPGs, a series of game books that does a lot of things right. The cover of the collector's edition is a very interesting angle of The Next Generation's Enterprise's main hull, rendered by the same people that provided the 3d model for the Star Trek: TNG Remastered series. The cover of the regular edition is original artwork -- an illustration! ((Aside: When we worked on Firefly, we had illustrations for the covers. We heard from the distributors that they would not sell unless we had photos of the crew instead of illustrations -- a claim I always thought of as full of crap. It's great to see that a game based on an existing IP is going forward with an illustrative cover.)) The one spread we have of the interior...
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