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Friday, 22 January 2010

Fleamarket Friday: Sword World Sourcebook...

After last Friday's eBay-heavy postings (reminiscing about old HeroPress stuff and looking at a new eBay visual browser), I'm tentatively launching a new, sporadic feature called Fleamarket Friday where I can talk about recent eBay purchases or drool over items of interest that are out of my price bracket.

This week I'm posting up some lovely images of the Sword World RPG World Guide from Japan.

As already mentioned on HeroPress, Sword World is the roleplaying game that grew out of Ryo Mizuno's Record Of Lodoss War anime and manga, which in turn was inspired by his own games of Dungeons & Dragons.

The well-illustrated book was going for £27.99 (plus £5.91 postage to the UK), but all the text is in Japanese, which rather restricts its use for us non-kanji readers (I hope I've said that right, I don't want to annoy any Japanese readers I might have!)

It certainly looks like a world I'd like to adventure in.

4 comments:

  1. The color images are especially gorgeous. I don't understand why layouts for American RPG publications can't be this interesting and beautiful. The only game book that comes to my mind that might compare was the Dragonlance 5th Age Bestiary (Saga rules.) It was laid out with beautiful water color illustrations and descriptive text that was written in a narrative style that was truly non-rules like. Nice. I think I will book mark this post as inspiration for my own RPG design projects.

    Regards,

    Jeff

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  2. Thanks, Jeff. I guess the difference is down to a simple question of economics - as you said there are Western books laid out this beautifully, but they tend to not be game books.

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  3. Credit where credit is due, the Shadowrun books, circa second edition, had a similar style of layout, with lots of varied art, colour sections, and so on. Given the huge Japanese influence over the genre, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a deliberate attempt to capture the visual style of the Japanese rpgs.

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  4. Ah, don't think I ever saw any 2nd Ed Shadowrun stuff. And I'm sure there are occasional examples of Japanese-style layout in Western RPGs, but you would have thought it should have been more prevalent given how attractive they can make them look.

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