Saturday, March 7, 2015

My Favorite RPG Covers


Pretty sure this was originally commissioned for something else


(Carcosa)




This was originally the cover of a sci fi novel, I believe, so also cheating

16 comments:

chartmapcounter said...

The Stormbringer cover is by Michael Whelan. It is called "Stormbringer" and is one of his most famous works. The earliest use I know of is for Daw Books in 1977. The artist sells prints of it on his website.

Zak S said...

It was also used on a pretty dope Cirith Ungol album cover

chartmapcounter said...

Had to look up the band. Their first four albums are using the same Whelan covers as the Daw Books.

Timothy Brannan said...

I can't disagree with this list at all. Very cool covers.
I have always been partial to the cover to CJ Carella's WitchCraft myself.

Sean Bircher said...

Now I wish I still had my copy of _Stormbringer_.

Henrik Jernstedt said...

The Stormbringer cover was also used on the first Swedish rpg "Drakar och Demoner" (dragons and demons) around 1982. It was my gateway drug into the rpg world.

amp108 said...

Posted a comment about Stormbringer in the wrong post, but yeah, what chartmapcounter said. Also, Whelan's Barsoom illustrations rival Frazetta's.

Zak S said...

mmmmm…i think they lack the dynamism and darkness that makes Frazetta more than the sum of his parts
They're nice, but Frazetta was _Frazetta_

chartmapcounter said...

Yoshitaka Amano is the cover artist for the Japanese version of Stormbringer.

Gerard Morrissette said...

I always liked the Gerald Brom art for the Dark Sun line; they made me want to read the books to see what the heck the characters were.

Fonkin said...

Gotta say, despite the, um, lackluster monsters contained in the original Fiend Folio, the cover really sold me on the book back when it first came out. I still think it was worth the price just for that!

I guess you could say it's the gith that keeps on giving!

Robert F. Mason said...

Not an RPG cover, but I always loved this piece from the Wraith: The Oblivion sourcebook about the Holocaust.
http://static.intelimedia.pl/wod---wraith---the-oblivion---charnel-houses-of-europe_big.png

Christian Lindke said...

I love that Feng Shui cover. It captured the HK sense that the game is trying to express much better than some of the interior art.

James Mishler said...

That Traveller image was also used on the 2nd edition of the SpaceMaster Companion I from Iron Crown. The piece is by Jim Burns, a famous science-fiction artist from the 1970s on... so I'm sure it appeared somewhere, from the sounds of it, likely on a Robert Silverberg book cover...

James Mishler said...

Aaand here's an io9 article about that Jim Burns piece... http://io9.com/5751393/is-this-the-most-archetypal-1970s-science-fiction-book-cover

SC78 said...

Thieves' World supplement http://www.blackgate.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Thieves-World-Chaosium.jpg using the same cover art as the first book in the series. I have to agree with the FF cover, it made up for the inclusion of the Flumph.