Special Guests don't get much more special than this! It is a profound honour to introduce to you our new optional buy:
The John Howe Special Guest box comes with 4 new Survivors created and designed by this legendary artist, including their miniatures and ID cards. Such unique characters necessitated us going one step beyond, so we've also created a couple of special equipment cards for this box: unique spells for both Cyrine and Hildir.
John Howe (born August 21, 1957) is a Canadian book illustrator, best known for his work based on J. R. R. Tolkien's worlds. Howe and noted Tolkien artist Alan Lee served as chief conceptual designers for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and Howe also did the illustration for the "Lord of the Rings" board game created by Reiner Knizia. Howe also re-illustrated the maps of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion in 1996–2003.
His work is however not limited to this, and includes images of myths such as the Anglo Saxon legend of Beowulf (he also illustrated Knizia's board game Beowulf: The Legend). Howe illustrated many other books, amongst which many belong to the fantasy genre (Robin Hobb's books for instance.) He also contributed to the film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. In 2005 a limited edition of George R. R. Martin's novel A Clash of Kings was released by Meisha Merlin, complete with numerous illustrations by Howe.
Howe also llustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.
If you're interested in purchasing this optional buy, please just click the "Manage Your Pledge" button on the Black Plague Kickstarter page and in the pledge manager add the amount of the items you'd like to get. We'll sort out what your extra money is going towards after the campaign has closed and we've sent out our Pledge Manager.
To wrap it up, how about we check out the initial John Howe sketches for these Survivors?
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