Images can enhance an rpg; breaking up the flow of white space, and presenting readers with a visual representation of the style and theme of the book. Purchasing original art can be expensive. Which can be a bite on start up and smaller publishers whom may have little to no budget to pay an artist with, or maybe you simply can't find an artist to work in the desired style or within the range of your deadline. It's times like these that stock/clipart comes in handy; giving you already completed art that you can drop into your product, and at prices usually less (sometimes much less) than what it would cost you to commission that piece from an artist. One of the immediate downsides of this is that both in the cases of stock or clipart, it doesn't tend to be a unique purchase: any number of people other than you may have copies. This can result in your product being less visually unique.
He did the mash
He did the monster mash....
ahem Ok, that we've got my opening stock art spiel out of the way, and worked the nostalgia out of our systems we can get down to business.
Arcane Publishers Edition 8 is all about monsters. 32 monsters, to be precise; 20 classic creatures of fantasy gaming, and 12 new creations. The 20 classic monsters are of mixed variety; several goblinoids, a few undead, some scaly critters and others. No dragons, though the lizard guy is sort of close. As with any collection there are images I like and images I don't so much like, but they all seem up to V. Shane's usual standard of quality. I think the ogre is probably my favorite, and I think I went to high school with the goblin.
The 12 original creatures haven't been given any sort of names - the files are all just labeled M#. It's certainly an interesting collection of critters; they cover the gamut from kind of cute to outright odd. Everything I said about the other images applies to these as well.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: Monster pictures, I like monster pictures. Specifically, there are several interesting versions of old favorites, along with a selection of all new monsters to fire your own ideas.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: No quick reference sheet was included, so that I could see what each image was at a glance.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>
[4 of 5 Stars!]