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The English language edition of Kuro will feature a brand new cover created by Paul Bourne! We dragged Paul away from his busy schedule to ask him some questions about making the new cover to Kuro.

How do you make your images? They look really real!
It depends on the image to be honest. The Kuro cover was a combination of 2D and 3D. The background alleyway and figure were built from the ground up as 3D models. They were lit and rendered separately with a little bit of the atmosphere. Both images were then brought into Photoshop where they were combined and coloured. I then added the graffiti, a few more signs and the final atmospherics.

There’s a real cinematic feel to your work. Is that a deliberate choice?  And if so how do you get that feel in there?
Yeah, this cover in particular needed to be something akin to a movie poster, so a heavy atmosphere with lots of smoke lends itself to that quite well. To get that feel it's all about the lighting. There's an area light illuminating the scene from above, with smaller ambient lights picking out the details and the character. There's a slight depth of field blur overlayed and some film grain thrown over the top. It all adds up to make quite a moody scene I think.

Kuro is near-future Japanese horror. That seems like a great fit for your work.  What sort of subject matter do you enjoy working on, and why?
I've always been a big horror and sci-fi fan, so that's the stuff I enjoy doing the most.

Where can we see more of your art?
I don't have a current website, as I don't have much time to build one at the moment! But I have some stuff over on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/paul.bourne.77) which I try to update with new stuff.

Thanks Paul!

Links
Kuro's own page
Kuro Announced

29Aug/12Off

It's been a jetlag whirlwind since we got back, but we have been remiss in not updating everyone about our night at the ENnie Awards at GenCon 2012.  The ENnie awards are arguably the biggest awards given in roleplaying games.  They comprise a series of stages, with games submitted to a panel of judges who themselves have been selected by a public vote.  The judges make their selections from the submitted games, which are then put to the public vote.  Competition is always fierce, and voting is carried out on line, ensuring a wide and deep body of voters.  Suffice to say the ENnies are a big deal.

Cubicle 7 were nominated in 5 categories, and we picked up 4 awards.

The One Ring won Cubicle 7's first Gold ENnie for internal Art, and a Silver ENnie for production values.
Words of the Wise won Silver for Best Free Product.
Shadows over Scotland won C7's second ever Gold ENnie for Best Setting.

We were incredibly honoured by these awards, and they mean a huge amount to everyone working on our books.  It's been a year filled with challenges, and we're a small company punching way above our weight, so a huge thank you to the judges and everyone who took the time to vote.

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Kuro: From the makers of Qin The Warring States, Yggdrasill and Keltia.

Kuro: blending a dark near-future with unremitting Japanese horror.

Stay tuned for more information, further previews, creator interviews, video previews, downloads and Kuro's own page in the coming weeks.

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13Aug/12Off

This year is a special one for Cubicle 7 CEO Dominic McDowall-Thomas as he has been invited as an Industry Insider Guest of Honour.  As a Guest of Honour, Dom will be on a number of panels about games and the gaming industry.  Here's his schedule in full:

SEM1238028 The Art of the Pitch
Thursday 11am Location: ICC Room 210

Advice for newbies in the field from those who have been around the block. Common misconceptions on how the industry works, & how to avoid the biggest mistakes when sending in submissions & proposals. If you're a new writer, editor or game designer this panel is for you!
Panellists: James Ernest, Jess Hartley, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Christina Stiles


SEM1238031 How To Publish A Game Without Going Broke
Thursday 3pm Location: ICC Room 210
Publishing your own game used to mean shelling out thousands of dollars for a huge print run and art, and still risk never earning your money back. Not any more. This panel goes beyond Kickstarter, we'll talk about everything from motivation to finish the game to how to source printers.
Panellists: James Ernest, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Elizabeth Shoemaker Sampat, Gareth-Michael Skarka

SEM1238045 Evolution Of A Game Line
Saturday 3pm Location: ICC Room 210
What makes a successful RPG game line?  Our Industry Insiders give you the inside scoop.
Panellists: Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Richard Thomas, Rodney Thompson, James Wyatt

SEM1238057 GM Tips
Friday 1pm Location: ICC Room 211
Our Industry Insider guests give GMing 101 advice on how you can improve your game. An open discussion and Q&A, so bring your questions!
Panellists: Tavis Allison, T.S. Luikart, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Rodney Thompson 

SEM1238055 The International RPG Scene
Friday 11am Location: ICC Room 211
There are thriving RPG scenes in outside North America. Come find out from our Industry Insiders on what's up, what's innovative, and what's scandalous.
Panellists: Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Jason Morningstar

All of these seminars sound fantastic to us, so be sure to come along and check them out!

See you at The Four Best Days in Gaming! Indy Gencon 2012!

 

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10Aug/12Off

Gencon 2012 is almost upon us, and our preparations are at fever pitch!

In attendance we'll have Dominic McDowall Thomas, Jon Hodgson, Gar Hanrahan, Walt Ciechanowski,Andrew Peregrine, Gareth-Michael Skarka, as well as our hand picked squad of trusted helpers, GMs and demonstrators. Additionally we're playing host to our special guests Moon Design and The Design Mechanism.  It's the prefect time to come and meet the creators of some of your favourite gaming material, try out something new, and pick up the great new games and books we will be debuting at the event.

Cubicle 7 is at booth 125 with all your old favourites, and lots of new stuff:

 

    • The launch of The Doctor Who Card Game, designed by Martin Wallace
    • For The One Ring, we have TWO new supplements - Tales from Wilderland and The Loremaster's Screen and Lake-town Sourcebook
    • New Eleventh Doctor Edition of the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG
    • Brand New Game: Primeval - Dinosaurs, apocalypse and time travel, based on the hit TV show
    • Brand New Game:  Yggdrasill - norse adventure from the makers of Qin: The Warring States
    • The Gloranthan Renaissance - Sartar: Kingdom of HeroesSartar Companion and Pavis: Gateway to Adventure for HeroQuest
    • RuneQuest 6 - we're hosting Design Mechanism and their new edition of this much-loved classic


This year is a special one for Cubicle 7 CEO Dominic McDowall-Thomas as he has been invited as an Industry Insider Guest of Honour.  As a Guest of Honour, Dom will be on a number of panels about games and the gaming industry.  Here's his schedule in full:

SEM1238028 The Art of the Pitch
Thursday 11am Location: ICC Room 210

Advice for newbies in the field from those who have been around the block. Common misconceptions on how the industry works, & how to avoid the biggest mistakes when sending in submissions & proposals. If you're a new writer, editor or game designer this panel is for you!
Panellists: James Ernest, Jess Hartley, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Christina Stiles


SEM1238031 How To Publish A Game Without Going Broke
Thursday 3pm Location: ICC Room 210
Publishing your own game used to mean shelling out thousands of dollars for a huge print run and art, and still risk never earning your money back. Not any more. This panel goes beyond Kickstarter, we'll talk about everything from motivation to finish the game to how to source printers.
Panellists: James Ernest, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Elizabeth Shoemaker Sampat, Gareth-Michael Skarka

SEM1238045 Evolution Of A Game Line
Saturday 3pm Location: ICC Room 210
What makes a successful RPG game line?  Our Industry Insiders give you the inside scoop.
Panellists: Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Richard Thomas, Rodney Thompson, James Wyatt

SEM1238057 GM Tips
Friday 1pm Location: ICC Room 211
Our Industry Insider guests give GMing 101 advice on how you can improve your game. An open discussion and Q&A, so bring your questions!
Panellists: Tavis Allison, T.S. Luikart, Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Rodney Thompson 

SEM1238055 The International RPG Scene
Friday 11am Location: ICC Room 211
There are thriving RPG scenes in outside North America. Come find out from our Industry Insiders on what's up, what's innovative, and what's scandalous.
Panellists: Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Jason Morningstar

All of these seminars sound fantastic to us, so be sure to come along and check them out!

See you at The Four Best Days in Gaming! Indy Gencon 2012!

 

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Cubicle 7 Art Director Jon Hodgson unboxes his copy of The Doctor Who Card Game and talks about producing the card art.

Links
The Doctor Who Card Game page
Download the rulebook
Preorder the game at a 10% discount for a limited time

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8Aug/12Off


Moon Design in partnership with Cubicle 7 are bringing you a new edition of Sartar Kingdom of Heroes. Find out more about the book, Glorantha, Sartar and the new cover:

Links
Moon Design Publications

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“LAKE-TOWN WAS REFOUNDED AND WAS MORE PROSPEROUS THAN EVER, AND MUCH WEALTH WENT UP AND DOWN THE RUNNING RIVER; AND THERE WAS FRIENDSHIP IN THOSE PARTS BETWEEN ELVES AND DWARVES AND MEN.”

THE HOBBIT

The Lake-town Sourcebook presents this fascinating setting in detail, including:

• • • •

A guide to Lake-town, its inhabitants and culture
More information on the Long Marshes and the creatures dwelling within
New Fellowship Phase activities
A new playable culture – Men of the Lake

Also included in this product is the heavy-duty card Loremaster’s Screen, which presents useful information for easy reference during a game and features stunning art from The One Ring artist Jon Hodgson.

We will have stock of The Loremaster's Screen and Laketown Sourcebook at this year's Gencon. The screen will then make it's way into distribution and be on sale this Autumn.

Links
The One Ring
The One Ring on Youtube

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We are delighted to announce that today, the 1st of August 2012 is the day the new Eleventh Doctor Edition of the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG hits store shelves across the world.  It's been a long time coming, and we are all very excited to get this game into your hands.  We hope you enjoy the new 'deluxe' box, the all new Eleventh Doctor layout, the new adventure book, the new character sheets and gadget cards. There's even a special piece of cardboard inside the new box which, when removed, will allow your story points to fit back into the box with ease!

Have a look for yourself at your friendly local game store!


Links:
Doctor Who:AITAS Page 
Doctor Who:AITAS Downloads 
Doctor Who:AITAS  Supplements
Free Upgrade Kit for 10th Doctor Edition 

 

1Aug/120

With the print release of Tales from Wilderland fast approaching, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan discusses the book and his work on The One Ring line. Part one in a series:

Links:
The One Ring
Tales from Wilderland at the Cubicle 7 Store
The One Ring on Youtube

 

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