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The Cover of Our Upcoming Book, Masks, Revealed!

Posted By Martin Ralya On May 23, 2011 @ 1:22 am In Gnome Gnews | 5 Comments

We’ve been quiet about our upcoming second book, Masks, for too long — it’s time to share another preview!

This is actually a two-parter. First, the sexiest part: the cover. It really needs no further introduction — we think it’s gorgeous, and we hope you do, too!

This cover was illustrated by Christopher Reach, who also did some amazing interior art for the book, and designed by Darren Hardy, whose stellar graphic design and layout skills are on display throughout Masks. Darren also did the graphic design and layout for our first book, Eureka, including the cover design. Both of these gents knocked this cover out of the park.

New Tagline

You’ll also notice that our original title has been changed — not “Masks,” but the tagline. The full title of the book is now Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game.

We think that packs a lot more useful info into the same space: “Memorable” because Masks features so much more than just a brief description of each NPC — these characters will really stand out for your players — and “Any Roleplaying Game” because this is a truly universal supplement. I can’t think of an RPG that couldn’t make use of Masks.

Progress Report

On the progress front, the book is written, all of the artwork is done, the layout template is done, and editing and proofreading should be wrapping up in June. We’re shooting to open preorders in July, and have the book available at GenCon.

June will also bring samples of the text, including NPCs from all three broad genres: fantasy, sci-fi, and modern. Stay tuned!

About  Martin Ralya

A father, husband, writer, small-press publisher, former RPG industry freelancer, and lifelong geek, Martin has been gaming since 1987 and GMing since 1989. He lives in Utah with his amazing wife Alysia and their awesome daughter Lark in a house full of books and games.




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5 Comments To "The Cover of Our Upcoming Book, Masks, Revealed!"

#1 Comment By DNAphil On May 23, 2011 @ 9:06 am

One more credit to Darren…

Darren is also the guy who did the Eureka PDF, and if you loved just how amazingly useful the PDF was in terms of hyperlinks, bookmarks, etc…that is who is responsible for that as well.

#2 Comment By hattymchappy On May 23, 2011 @ 10:14 am

Definitely looking forward to pre-ordering this. July can’t come soon enough!

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#4 Comment By NoranaC On May 31, 2011 @ 4:41 am

Looks great! Can’t wait to preorder it!

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