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Blog (A5E) Look At Our 'Level Up' Cover Art!

This gorgeous wraparound cover art is by Alba Palacio. It features four of our ‘iconic’ characters engaging in an exploration challenge — a statement which shows the importance we’re giving the exploration pillar of the game, bringing it front and center alongside the combat and social pillars.

Maika the human druid, Krarg the orc/human berserker, Gyvwen the dwarf rogue, and Varskyle the dragonborn fighter engage in an exploration challenge.

Maika the human druid, Krarg the orc/human berserker, Gyvwen the dwarf rogue, and Varskyle the dragonborn fighter engage in an exploration challenge.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey



With the rise of digital books, covers are less important for marketing.

But, damn, that is one inspiring cover and makes we want the dead trees edition of this book.
 



ChaosOS

Legend
Supporter
It would be interesting to see a study of how well DMs Guild products without a nice cover do versus the ones that do. I suspect they're more important than you think.
Other than outside marketing it definitely matters... although there's a question of what the curve of "mattering" is. There's lots of products that basically don't have a cover, so having any cover is a good edge... but then how do you grade from there?
 


Lord Mhoram

Adventurer
I love the layout, but the colors... There is a great desert palette of the red/orange/brown - but the only color that break that up is green - both on the dragon and the adventurers. To me that makes is come off as sort of subdued or bland. If I saw that in a bookstore, I probably would give it a pass.

I love the fact is is exploration and not combat.
 

tetrasodium

Hero
Supporter
pretty cover but genuinely confused who is who

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Maika the human druid, Krarg the orc/human berserker, Gyvwen the dwarf rogue, and Varskyle the dragonborn fighter engage in an exploration challenge.
  1. I'm pretty sure this is maika from build hair & the tree branch
  2. Fairly certain this is gyvwen but that makes the rest of the order obviously not something standard like L->R, (counter)clockwise, or whatever
  3. Interesting mask dagger maybe a polearm with a funny blade or an arcane staff with a funny crystal... maybe a robe or some kind of armor.. pretty sure that's a tail or maybe horns on a skull at the bottom?
  4. is this an orc or elf? maybe this is Karg?
  5. I feel safe in saying I'm positive this is not an orc so is probably Varskyle the dragonborn fighter? That hammer & knife looks interesting.
It looks like by process of elimination that 4 is probably Krarg the orc/human berserker.. That still leaves 3 though what are they wearing & wielding? Either way the characters should probably be named left to right top to bottom (clockwise) unless specified otherwise.
 






Mortus

Explorer
Beautiful artwork, but not a fan of this as a cover. It just seems dull and bland when 5E is about fun and excitement. I’m sure a different scene could have been chosen to reflect that exploration can be fun and exciting. Maybe the same scene during a sandstorm? Just my two cents. I’m sure the rules will be fun and exciting based on what has been revealed so far.
 



GlazzSpider

Villager
I would have to agree with a few others here. The artwork for the sake of art is really good. But not for your cover. I have to say if I saw the LEVEL UP: A5E book with this cover art on the shelf with a hundred other RPG books at my local game store and I didn't know anything about the game I would not be inspired to pick it up. This cover art just doesn't grab my attention.
 

GlazzSpider

Villager
That’s a statue.
I would have to agree with tetrasodium. The "statue" doesn't look like a statue. It looks like a 5th character. It actually looks like a Magic User getting ready to cast a spell at the flying dragon on the horizon. But at the same time I can also see it's a statue ONLY because it is the same color and blends in with the rest of the surrounding scenery.
 

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