JPL said:Of course they have Drizzt. In addition to being a tremendously popular character, he is a rather good example of what a young adventurer in the Realms can aspire to become. No Chosen of Mystra whoo-hah, just a few flavorful magic items, a certain degree of fame, and some recurring bad guys. And unlike some of the high level magic types, he minds his own business.
This. I've been around more than 2 years, but I dislike the 4E PHB cover on the merits.Merlin the Tuna said:It does look a little bit more old-timey, and normally that's a turnoff for me. But it's also got a nice party blend set on warm, vibrant colors... whereas the PHB has two ugly folks in goofy outfits set in a cold, uninteresting environment. I've only been playing the game for 2 years now -- I'm not anti-new stuff. The PHB's just got an ugly cover, plain and simple.
Amazing catch. I don't know that it rules out the art's reuse though. There are enough people in this thread alone who are OK with it.Traycor said:I'm not sure what everyone is freaking out about. This cover is a piece of art that is several years old. Obviously it isn't going to be the new FR cover. That art was used for the Drizzt mini waaay back.
Olgar Shiverstone said:The cover of Grand History of the Realms managed to include Drizzt without making the character the sole centerpiece of the cover.
Vicar In A Tutu said:That cover truly does suck. As does the PHB and MM covers. I have the same problem with the FRCS cover as I do with the PHB and MM covers. They say little or nothing about the campaign setting (or in the case of the core books, about the game). (snip)
Yeah, I totally see why they're doing that - it's obvious, though I still think it's a bit sad. Additionally, I wonder why they haven't incorporated the Realms logo - after all, the Realms logo is on each Realms novel and the new and old logo look similar enough to remain recognizable - so it'd probably appeal to the novel readers as well - as Drizzt would perhaps do.No Name said:My guess is marketing. Speaking for myself (someone who has zero interest in Eberron), when looking at the new books of the month, I'd automatically skip anything that was of the ECS. I suppose they think that if I see it as D&D instead of Eberron now, the odds of me purchasing it will increase.
The Ubbergeek said:I like that post. QFT.
That's not funny. It's just sad and embarrassing.Ty said:As a grognard, my opinion is that the new FR Campaign Setting cover art (and all other cover art for that matter) should include the following:
Gratuitously well-endowed women running around in nothing but chain-mail bikinis together with a large human fighter clad in full plate and a geeky wizard in a pointy hat.
This should help meet the stated needs of getting back to core D&D and serving to inspire a new audience of young males to take up the D&D hobby.
Kaodi said:I think that the piece itself is decent, and I do not dislike Drizz't, but I do not think they are being very consistent with their direction. As we have seen, the big complaint with the Forgotten Realms is the prominence of high level NPCs. So, they sought to address this problem in the 4e conception of the setting. Yet, they play Drizz't on the cover. I am not going to say that they dropped the ball, but I think they could of done better not to be sending a mixed message.