5E New Cover for Eberron: Rising from the Last War

The new cover for the upcoming Eberron: Rising From the Last War has been revealed by WotC. This cover by Wesley Burt depicts a warforged wizard and their halfing companion in the Demon Wastes.

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Jeremy Crawford and Greg Tito discuss the new cover in this video. A couple of weeks ago, Jeremy Crawford stated that the previous cover by Ben Oliver was an interior illustration serving as a placeholder cover. They expand on that in this video:

Tito: We have decided to change this cover, though. We are going with a different cover for this book.... we had the rare opportunity to change that because the files had not yet been sent to the printer.

Crawford: That's right. When the book was announced, we were still about a week out from sending the books to the printer... we had a window of time to swap out the cover, which was actually something we had been discussing for some time leading up to the announcement.

Tito: But, once we announced, we also recieved a lot of feedback from fans saying that they wanted a different cover and that feedback really galvanized us... so we are changing it to this cover designed by Wesley Burt.

The painting was already in the book, and was moved to the cover, while Ben Oliver's previous cover was moved to be the chapter opener for the first chapter (character creation).

 

Comments

LordEntrails

Adventurer
Pretty boring and mono-chromatic. Doesn't inspire anything imo.

It's all much ado about nothing anyway. Once you own the book you just start using it and never bother being concerned by the cover ever again. It's all the stuff on the inside that you focus on, not a cover that you would have seen thousands of times over and glossed over just as much.
Disagree. I still remember the 1E PHB cover. THAT inspired me, still does to this day. You;ve go the giant idol, the thief stealing the eye gem. You've got things going on. You got iconic characters and situations.

This one? Two characters and a dinosaur. Except for the dino, the colors are bland. Their is very little happening here. The setting is nondescript, could be any type of desert or wasteland, nothing remarkable about it.

Oh well, wasn't planning on buying it anyway.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Pretty boring and mono-chromatic. Doesn't inspire anything imo.


Disagree. I still remember the 1E PHB cover. THAT inspired me, still does to this day. You;ve go the giant idol, the thief stealing the eye gem. You've got things going on. You got iconic characters and situations.

This one? Two characters and a dinosaur. Except for the dino, the colors are bland. Their is very little happening here. The setting is nondescript, could be any type of desert or wasteland, nothing remarkable about it.

Oh well, wasn't planning on buying it anyway.
A magical robot and a boomerang wielding Halfling Ranger with pet velicoraptor, walking through a canyon with a demon following them for an ambush is boring??
 

LordEntrails

Adventurer
A magical robot and a boomerang wielding Halfling Ranger with pet velicoraptor, walking through a canyon with a demon following them for an ambush is boring??
Yep. Boring.
It's not a bad start, but it is a poor use of space. How about something in the terrain to invoke curiosity? Maybe hints of a cave? Or a relief carving or... anything? I mean look at the background behind the dino. It could have so easily been shaped or shadowed to look like something. Even a face would be more interesting than nothing. And the bottom left in the mist/dust, something could be hidden, but you would have to hint at it. Perhaps something that look like a bone, skull or a .... anything?

In short, lots of space, and all you have are 4 things, all of them creatures/characters.
Inspires you to do what?
Adventure. Heist. Danger.
@Parmandur what does it inspire you? Apparently something since it's your avatar.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Yep. Boring.
It's not a bad start, but it is a poor use of space. How about something in the terrain to invoke curiosity? Maybe hints of a cave? Or a relief carving or... anything? I mean look at the background behind the dino. It could have so easily been shaped or shadowed to look like something. Even a face would be more interesting than nothing. And the bottom left in the mist/dust, something could be hidden, but you would have to hint at it. Perhaps something that look like a bone, skull or a .... anything?

In short, lots of space, and all you have are 4 things, all of them creatures/characters.

Adventure. Heist. Danger.
@Parmandur what does it inspire you? Apparently something since it's your avatar.
To crush my enemies, to see them driven before me, and to loot their dungeons.
 

Henry

Autoexreginated
To me, definitely cooler and more “finished” than the placeholder art. Though honestly, I liked the art from wayfarer’s guidebook better than either of these two pieces. What would have been even better, in my eyes, would have been a cover taking inspiration from some of the 1920s pulps, which Wayfarers guide seemed to - maybe without a half-naked buxom woman being sacrificed by dark-skinned natives on some altar, though, which was a pretty common scene... the one described by @Leatherhead comes pretty close to that pulp inspiration.

Still getting this book, and Keith’s “exploring Eberron” book, though. Too promising not to.
 
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Zardnaar

Hero
He’s a freelancer, not an employee.
I thought he was in house. Well WotC can hire him then.

5E has its own look I suppose like 4E had WAR on the covers, 3E dungeon punk, AD&D had Easley.

So that probably explains why they didn't.
 

Twiggly the Gnome

Adventurer
I'm glad they changed the cover image, since it looks like we will be getting a version of the original cover art inside the book, that hasn't been zoomed and cropped. The original cover did a disservice to that art.

I'm still going to pick up the limited edition cover. I just love its style. 🤩
 

dave2008

Hero
Oh well, wasn't planning on buying it anyway.
I wasn't planning on buying it either, and this art wouldn't sway me one way or the other (but cover art never does for an RPG product): however, the ToC and description have me at about a 90% I will buy, despite the fact I will never run an Eberron adventure. The book just seems to be jam packed with interesting stuff.
 

pukunui

Adventurer
Pretty boring and mono-chromatic. Doesn't inspire anything imo.


Disagree. I still remember the 1E PHB cover. THAT inspired me, still does to this day. You;ve go the giant idol, the thief stealing the eye gem. You've got things going on. You got iconic characters and situations.

This one? Two characters and a dinosaur. Except for the dino, the colors are bland. Their is very little happening here. The setting is nondescript, could be any type of desert or wasteland, nothing remarkable about it.

Oh well, wasn't planning on buying it anyway.
Whatever happened to not judging a book by its cover?
 

Jiggawatts

Explorer
I really dont understand these art choices. They should be evocative of the setting and dripping with flavor.

A proper Dragonlance setting book would feature something like a Knight of Solamnia, a Wizard of High Sorcery, and a Kender all standing in front of the High Clerists Tower with a silver and blue dragon fighting overhead in the distance bearing riders wielding lances.

This is Eberron for goodness sake, give us something akin to a Warforged Juggernaut, an Artificer, a Changeling, and a Dragonmarked noble riding the Lightning Rail through the pulp-filled city of Sharn with an airship in the background.

Also does that strange Warforged on the cover look like an Ultron clone to anyone else?
 
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