Monday, April 3, 2017
Artwork in RPG's (part 1)
The thing about artwork is that it is expensive. Very expensive. Corefun Studios is a very tiny company with an equally tiny budget—a budget that is funded exclusively by gamers. When you buy a Solar Echoes product, your money is going directly towards keeping the company running and towards the production of future projects like new missions, game supplements, and even 3D-printed miniatures for the game. The difficulty is that there are other very big gaming companies out there that I compete with (note that I'm competing with them—they're not competing with me...at least, not yet! ;) Companies like Wizards of the Coast (Dungeons and Dragons) and Paizo (Pathfinder) are extremely successful and have a huge following. This enables them to invest tons of money in their games. If you've ever looked inside one of their rulebooks, you'll find high-quality, full-color, professional artwork on almost every single page. These companies pump $50,000+ into the artwork for their books—they understand that gamers look at the rulebooks as artbooks, not just gamebooks. I'm trying my best to provide Solar Echoes fans with as much artwork as possible in every product, but I understand very well why art is so expensive. Check out an image of two pages from the upcoming demo-kit I've been putting together—I'm trying to keep it colorful and full of artwork.