Adventure Gaming magazine vol. 1 no. 5 "hidden" interior artUPDATED - see bottom of page
This piece took some work to "unearth" as it was left hidden behind a wall of text.
Tim Kask recalls hiring his friend, Dave Trampier, to work on issue 5 of Adventure Gaming magazine:
"After I started ADVENTURE GAMING Magazine, he did a couple pieces of art for me, and I did a cover story article on TITAN that he added and published some advanced rules in."We discussed the first of the "couple pieces of art" in my last post, a vibrant, full-color painting of a scene from the world of Titan. As Titan co-creator, Trampier also wrote a two-page article titled, "Evolving Forces in TITAN." It provides an excellent analysis on how to compare creatures of slightly differing power levels and how to know when creatures become a liability instead of an asset.
The magazine also features two articles by Titan's other co-creator, Jason B. McAllister. "The History of TITAN" gives a thorough look at the development of the game, much more interesting than his "The Giver of the Law: TITAN Design Notes" article later published in Avalon Hill's The General magazine Vol. 20, No. 2. "The History" contains lots of details on game board design and simplification of unit stats that we game designers enjoy. "Waging TITAN: Tactics" serves as a good primer on both the tactics and strategies needed for this unusual game.
Note that none of the three articles contain any "advanced rules" that Kask mentions, above.
It is in McAllister's first article, "The History of TITAN," where we find Trampier's other piece of art, printed in light gray and hidden behind the text:
With a little bit of Photoshop wizardry, I removed all the text and worked to restore the image as best I could. I painted in some of the missing lines with my Wacom tablet. What I discovered surprised me:
As far as I know, this drawing was never published anywhere else. Can anybody with the Gorgonstar publications of Titan and Battlelands of Titan confirm that it was not published in those games?
UPDATE - Reader Teacher, Trooper, Gamer, Dad (that is a long name!) helped me out by recognizing one more creature in this melee: a lion helping the minotaur strike down that poor ranger on the left.
|Updated recovery of Tramp's image.|
Loving this series - thanks for doing the heavy-lifting!ReplyDelete
Terrific series! Thanks or unearthing these. It does look like a Lion between the two rangers lunging at the ranger in mid-fall. Keep up the good work!ReplyDelete
Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner. Now that you mention it, I can see the lion clearly. I will have to post an update.Delete
That was an amazing spot. I've been digging around for my adventure magazines to check these out. This issue is going to become a prize.ReplyDelete
I think there is one more creature in that picture. The troll you identify as Troll 2 is swinging his hammer at something. There seems to be some kind of creature low on the ground in front of him, but I can’t make out what it is.ReplyDelete