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Characters live at the core of Fate! Fate Core is the latest edition of Evil Hat Productions' popular Fate roleplaying game system.
Characters live at the core of Fate! Fate Core is the latest edition of Evil Hat Productions' popular Fate roleplaying game system.
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      Ben Hickman on

      Ooooooooooooooooooooooo....purdy pictures! They are looking good

    2. Wolf Bergenheim on

      Luv it! Keep it coming! :D One of my favorite things as a kid was to notice that the same characters adventured throughout my RoleMaster covers and interior art. And to imagine their adventures! I hope you're planning on doing something like that! ;) At least I see a few such series...

    3. Dave Rosser Jr on


      My Mother is Japanese, and for what it's worth I immediately saw that both the victim and the ghost were oriental.

      Love the art!

    4. Cruxador on

      Awesome stuff. I'm particularly digging those three dudes in the third image. The character design and expression on those guys is great.

    5. Scott Acker on

      Oh, that sounds sweet Fred. Looking forward to some family friendly fare.

    6. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      We've got an eye on family friendly outside of Fate Core itself, Charles -- and once we get past the next couple stretch goals, there may be a few more showing up that you'll be happy to see.

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      Charles Nodell on

      The quality of the art is great. I do wish, however, that it was a bit more family friendly. I plan on playing the game with my seven year old and some of this would be enough to give any kid nightmares. All personal taste though. Perhaps I will print a copy of the image free preview. Maybe I will even draw some stick figures in the empty spots...

    8. Haakon Olav Thunestvedt on

      The last three drawings is so Feng Shui, even up to the Magic Cop template for the male character. :) Hope for some serious gun-fu stunts in the Shadow of the Century.

    9. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      "....Which section of the book is the HK Action Cinema art going to be in? I don't remember any examples like that."

      Our examples of play are, consistently, within one particular world, the fantasy one, which the topmost images in this sample are from. Other art from other genres shows up throughout, to help remind the reader that this isn't a game that's *only* fantasy. The main threads of art are linked to the three signature characters from the cover art. The HK Action Urban Fantasy is one of those.

    10. Wade on

      The (apparent) martial artist gorilla is AMAZING!

    11. WuseMajor

      ....Which section of the book is the HK Action Cinema art going to be in? I don't remember any examples like that.

      It's cool, don't get me wrong, I'm just wondering.

    12. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Tim/Alan -- Yeah, that's our Hong Kong cop character getting psychic-whammied by a ghost in our "Infernal Affairs meets Dresden Files HK actioner" suite of images. Cast is nearly 100% Asian for that family of images. I get where the concern is coming from, but I don't share it.

    13. Matthew Fowler on

      Holy crap! Just got this update! Truly awesome artwork! Hate to say it, but I gotta admit, I wasn't expecting much artwork-wise... this blows me away! Keep it up! Can't wait to get this thing in my hands!

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      Tim Soholt on

      I think the fact that the victim in the "Fu Manchu" picture appears to be Asian (or possibly Native American) mitigates the "Yellow Peril" effect a bit.

    15. Alan De Smet on

      NIce! It's cool stuff. Props for the women in the art. Good gaming art should make me say, "That character is awesome, I want to play them," and you're clearly nailing it!

      That said, the second piece from the bottom (the police officer getting his brain melted) makes me uncomfortable. It feels like a Fu Manchu/Yellow Peril stereotype, and I understand that stereotype is offensive to many. Perhaps in the context of the text or other art it's entirely reasonable, or perhaps I'm just being overly cautious.

    16. Noe Ridgway on

      Kung Fu cyberape wins everything.
      Oh, and as others have mentioned, THANK YOU for creating a female character who is wearing something that doesn't look like it will fall apart within 5 seconds of a fight breaking out.

    17. Joey Mullins on

      Looks great!! Cant wait!

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      David Quick on

      A+++++! Very evocative art. Very appealing.

    19. Michael Ramsey

      Loving the art!

    20. Joe on

      As the father of an 11-year-old gamer girl, I'd like to echo Karine's thanks for both understanding and addressing the way women are commonly portrayed in RPG books. It means a lot. I'm rarely *proud* to be giving a company my business, but damn -- Evil Hat is a fine company. Between Cynere's portrayal, the use of open licenses, your "Bits'n'mortar" guarantee, and the transparency you use (and ask your expansion writers to use), there's just nothing you do that I don't like.

    21. Sophie Lagace

      I think I have to second every comment left so far! Good job having dynamic, action-packed art that flows, and good job portraying characters I want to play, not just look at. I'm happy with the two signature female characters so far, and I hope we'll also continue to see diversity. Thank you!

      P.S.: Clearly, you strongly believe that it's always better to add an ape on the cover! ^_^

    22. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Kurt Komoda is our artist.

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      Darren Brewster on

      The mutant freaks attacking the gorilla is genius. It could be a really awesome wrap around cover for a comic or something similar.

    24. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Yeah, Cynere -- our "signature" fantasy character -- had to address exactly what you're talking about to be a success, IMO. I'm very pleased with how we're portraying her in the book.

    25. Karine Charlebois on

      Can I just say thank you for drawing women that are actually people, kicking ass, taking names, looking real and believable? I've been critical of art in comics and RP books, as a storyboard and comic artist myself, and it's really refreshing to see characters I can relate to and want to emulate in gaming on this art.

      All the art is solid and really dynamic and evocative. Each picture tells a story and that works so well to inspire players. I'm happy and impressed. I'm so looking forward to having this book in my hands!

    26. Mark Mealman on

      Fantastic artwork.

    27. Panagiotis Grigorakakis on

      Very immersive Fred. Very nice stuff.

    28. Calvin Jim on

      Love the art. Would like to see the gorilla battle pic end to end. It pooks awesome.

    29. H. W. McCray on

      I'd like some insight into the setting the kung fu ape comes from. Or at least to see his writeup!

      Overall, I am well pleased. Art does not have to be color to be awesome. Indeed, it's harder to do good grayscale art than color, since you're more limited.

      Roll on, Fred, roll on.

    30. Shawn Roske on

      Nice and evocative.

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      Jonathan Lang on

      What I'd like to know is where in the book these pieces of art are slated to appear; I'd like to judge them in context.

    32. Walt Robillard

      Love this art! Very dramatic. I feel like I am looking at story boards for an upcoming big blockbuster!

    33. Scott on

      Fred, money well spent! Brilliant and inspiring stuff!

    34. Declan Feeney

      I love the Psi/John Woo mix in a couple of those. They have a weird 'Killer' / 'Push' mash-up feel to them - very Feng Shui. I love it. Who's the artist who did them?

    35. Michael Bentley on

      Shiny. Really like the art.