I wanted to create a thread here in the Keeper's Korner that can feature Denis Loubet, the artist who is working with Genesis to create our visual brand. Tapakah and I have been in collaboration with him for over a year (at the time of this writing) laying the groundwork for what our look should be, and the sorts of things we would like to pay him to create for us.
First, a bit about Denis. Denis Loubet has been working as a fantasy illustrator since, like so many of us, as a child he became fascinated and inspired by the work of Frank Frazetta. Being just the right age to get in on the ground floor with D&D, he enjoyed playing the original roleplaying games, and was hired by Steve Jackson Games, working on GURPS. It was during this time that he was discovered by Richard Garriot, the creator of Origin Online and the Ultima series of games. Richard had already created the first two Ultima titles, and wanted an artist to draw the manual for Ultima III. For this, he hired Denis Loubet, who went on to become the lead artist for the entire Ultima series, and would continue to provide their box and manual art for nearly every title. At Origin, he also worked on many other titles, including the well-known Wing Commander seriers, where he was also lead artist. His vitae is truly impressive, spanning the cannon of RPGS from the classic era of computer gaming.
Here's a link to a page displaying many of the titles on which he has provided artwork:
http://www.mobygames.com/developer/shee ... perId,111/
Here's a link to a fascinating interview with him about his early career.
http://oldguyrpg.blogspot.com/2009/05/i ... rator.html
When I started thinking about a visual brand for Genesis, I wanted to find something that I felt represented the sort of game we are. Against the field of options that gamers face these days, what does Genesis represent? It isn't glitzy high-production values stuff like you'll find from any of the big game-houses. No - genesis offers something different. Therefore, I wanted us to show what we offer with something different from the first thing we show players with our website and our promotional materials. As I shared on the Common Board, I feel we are:
- Decidedly old school (words only, man!)
- Inspired by classic D&D, stats, dice-rolls, maps, etc.
- From a different era, but timelessly cool
- A true hardcore roleplaying opportunity
- Huge, established, and content-rich
The manual for Ultima V can be downloaded and viewed here:
But enough about history. What is Denis Loubet doing for Genesis? Here is the top-banner image he has drawn for our website. I think many of you will join me in feeling we are very fortunate to be working with an artist who can produce such things as this:
The rest of the artwork he has created for us will be unveiled with the opening of the new website. The great news is that Denis is interested in continuing to work on many more images such as this for us. Things I can imagine him creating include:
- a Genesis logo
- promotional posters
- promotional web-banners
And then there is website content. Potential images for:
- every playable race in the game (male/female)
- every occupational guild
- small pictures to head each content area
Onward and upward!