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August Wraith20 Update

Posted by Richard Thomas (Creator)

Hello Deluxe Wraith 20 backers!

RichT here:

Wraith20 is knee-deep in layout, where our graphic designer will combine the edited text with the illustrations to make our publishable book. RichD reports on his continuing work on the book:

"Hmm. I’m doing a virtual sitdown with Mirthful Mike Chaney to hammer out the details of the map of Stygia - where to get a good burger, things like that - and hope to have that wrapped up soon. Had a virtual chat with Charlie Bates about his story for the anthology and I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with."

After handling the map call, RichD can now go back to making final development passes on the Handbook for the Recently Deceased, and hiring more writers for the Wr20 Fiction Anthology.

We continue to have final Wraith20 art coming in, so here are some more pieces as this month's preview:






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    1. James Burdo on

      Wraith and Exalted are pretty popular, judging by the final amount of money, more than twice as much as BJD. Dark Eras 2 only got $60,000. The first Dark Eras book was six months late and the Dark Eras Companion showed up two years after the end of the Kickstarter, making that post even more incredible.

    2. shawn hanson on

      So the poster has backed Chronicles projects or the more popular stuff like Beckett and not this, exalted, and other projects they seem to not want to deal with.

    3. James Burdo on

      Incredibly enough, this comment appeared on the Dark Eras 2 Kickstarter, where I got the involuntary refund (and can't comment there).
      "I'd just like to say this is maybe the fourth or fifth Onyx Path Kickstarter I've helped fund and by far your company has become the bar by which I judge other pen and paper RPG makers who use Kickstarter. Another product I've backed is almost three months late with the most limp wrist of updates and all I can ask myself is "if Onyx Path can keep their deadlines, why can't you?"
      Keep up the great work, guys!"…

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      Mr Pendulum on

      This really has taken far too long...

    5. shawn hanson on

      @james burdo I wouldn't mind. Lost any want for this after seeing the steaming pile of sad half effort fan service that is c20, and OP showing just how much care they have for this project. OP killed Wraith for me.

    6. James Burdo on

      @shawn hanson Watch it, or you'll get an involuntary refund.

    7. shawn hanson on

      Personal opinion is that the art for this project is atrocious compared to the majority of that sourced for the other 20th reissues (with the possible exception to the vast majority of the C20 art which was just plain bad). Wraith art, being wraith art, has always been 90% awful, 8% meh and 2% good imo. Looks like that's staying on course for this but with a loss of and white, pathos vs angst. Which is sad it's taken this long gathering the art since it was supposedly partly art directed when the KS went live (or so they told us, along with being partly written at that point too which seems to have been pure lies).

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      Christopher Allen on

      @Joseph Coyle It seems to me she's just got "huge tracts of land." Though, you're right, it does look a little.... off.

    9. MidnightBlue

      I believe there is no such thing as "good" art or "bad" art.

      It is all a matter of taste.

      I like some of what I'm seeing and others aren't for me. But apparently everything can't be for me...or so I'm told.


    10. Joseph Coyle on

      The art is fine save for the third picture from the top. I have no idea what the hell is happening with her torso.

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      Christopher Allen on

      I think the art holds to the previous styles very well, while adding to it with the color. A few do this better than others, but I don't think they are poor. They fit with the appropriate ambiance that I always felt was appropriate for Wraith. A noir style, where even if it's not *technically* black & white, it feels as if the colors are muted, or even just echoes of what you know they *should* be.

      It's how I described things to my players. Very few things in the Underworld had proper color, everything seemed like a faded echo, a memory at best, of what you *knew* it to be. The living world was another matter, and certain things within the Underworld such as Soulfire, and the blazing green of a Solicitor's eye (though not just limited to these things, but other things similar to them). But any time a vibrant color was being used/described, it had specific purpose and meaning.

    12. Paul Baxter on

      I actually LOVE that art, not that I'd say @sailorpfat is wrong to have whatever opinion... Seeing ANY color in Wraith is a paradigm shift, but it's one that I look forward to seeing. Yeah, almost ALL of the pre-X20 books were black and white, but Wraith's books all felt EXTRA black and white? You know what I mean. This art is different, yes, but I can't wait to see it all in the book completed! Okay, I CAN wait, and I SHALL wait, but I'm still crazy-excited!

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      Wow, that's some really poor art.

    14. Rob Nair on

      Hard to believe it's so close to being done. Really looking forward to finally seeing this come to fruition. Also, is RichD going to be doing development of the Book of Oblivion as well?

    15. Andy Dodd on

      Loving the colour palette.
      I was a little unsure when it was announced the art would be full colour but you've hit the nail on the head.