About this project
RiotMinds’s fantasy setting Trudvang has become a cult classic in the almost 15 years since the first book was released. The illustrations and artwork has earned a special reputation and a great following. We’ve developed a setting based on the traditional Scandinavian and Celtic sagas, legends and myths. It’s a truly unique fantasy world inspired by the very source of story telling, such as Beowulf, the Icelandic tales, the Finnish epos Kalevala, and also true art masters such as John Bauer and Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
We’ve been rewarded with some of the most astonishing art from exceptional artists like Paul Bonner, Justin Sweet and Alvaro Tapia, just to mention a few. Throughout the years more than 1000 top class illustrations, and more than 20 covers have passed our doors.
RiotMinds art and art direction has been published in fantasy art publications such as Spectrum, and the game has been awarded with high ratings and a very loyal fan base, expecting nothing but the best.
WE seek funding for a truly unique ART BOOK: The Fabulous Art of Trudvang.
This book is a Kickstarter exclusive and for backers ONLY. It will not be sold or distributed to 3rd party. This is a one and only unique chance for backers to get the collected art of Trudvang in one book.
Shipping cost will be added to your pledge as you check out.
Our goal is to produce one of the best art books ever made for a fantasy setting. Something you can use as a well of inspiration whether you are a fantasy gamer, dreamer, artist or just love the art itself. If you are into gaming you can see this as “illustrated Trudvang”, if not, just like an exceptional art book.
Illustrations from all our World books...
...including the famous Trudvang dwarves!
Full wide screen covers
Short stories about the beasts of Trudvang and some of it´s characters.
We will fill this book with artwork, both illustrations and covers. It’s a hard cover, glossy paper, high-production-value art book with the best illustrations and paintings selected. We will also give the book some extra touch by explaining some of the thinking behind the scenery and design as well as sharing some of the stories from the world of Trudvang.
Let there be lots of dragons and other fierce creatures and..
..lots of trolls..
..a full chapter about the undeads..
..and of course giants..
We will publish, not only sketches and scribbles but also actual illustrations and paintings, everything wrapped in a design worthy the true art masters behind this book.
RiotMinds is a traditional game publisher since 16 years back. We have published numerous of gaming books for mainly two games: Trudvang and Götterdämmerung. Both have been awarded with prestigious ratings and reviews. All books have been sold in Swedish and later this year Trudvang Chronicles will be released in English for the first time.
The founders: Theodore Bergqvist and Magnus Malmberg have been working with fantasy and gaming properties for many years. Between 2001 and 2005 Theodore Bergqvist was the CEO and Creative Director at Conan Properties Inc, working with renowned properties such as Conan, Solomon Kane and others. Theodore Bergqvist was also the founder and CEO of Paradox Interactive, a Swedish strategy games developer and publisher.
RiotMinds have published more than 20 books for it’s table top Role Playing Game: Trudvang Chronicles (in Swedish: Drakar och Demoner Trudvang), a Board Game and numerous of other products of which many does not even exist to buy any more.
RiotOnline a new digital service for our RPG´s, including complete rules, world setting and a suite of digital tools to create and store characters, roll dice, make game calculations as well as a remote center to start gaming sessions online, all wrapped in stunning graphics.
So, to cut it short: we think we know what we are doing and we know it will be good, and we need your help. RiotMinds is a “labor of love” project for us and as such the resources are limited to produce and print such an ambitious project as an Art Book.
We´ve started, we have most of the art in place but we need funds to write, edit, layout and print it. We ask for 15,000$ and the funds will be used for printing, layout, commission to artist and editing.
We think this can be a great book, but with your additional help it can be even better! If we fund more than we asked for, we will of course spend the money to make the Art Book even bigger and more exclusive. See our stretch goals below.
NEW STRETCH GOAL 30,000$ (GOAL UNLOCKED!)
If we reach the 30.000 dollar goal we will sign and number all the books (Kickstarter exclusive) AND commit to a small print run for selected retailers globally. To balance the high shipping cost we will also make a slipcase OR a dust jacket for the book, should we reach this goal.
If we reach 35K we will add all the fuzzy extra such as a fabric bookmark ribbon inside the book, embossment, extra thick paper and all things that make the book stand out in the shelf.
If we reach 45K we will add another bunch of pages to make the book even bigger and include as much art as we can. The original idea is to have 120 pages, but with this stretch goal we can go as high as 192+ pages, including more art from Paul Bonner and Alvaro Tapia. We will produce a slip case for the book.
We will add an extra package of a couple of unfoldable pages, a full color Trudvang map and pages with boarders and interior art from previous publications.
ALL ABOVE + We will PRINT the Core rules + world setting of Trudvang Chronicles (in English) for you to buy in our store. Including new covers and some new interior art.
Risks and challenges
We´ve secured the rights to make this book, and we have set aside time to produce it. However, sometimes Printing takes a bit longer than expected and even though we aim at a fast delivery it´s a risk it will take longer time than expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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