Friday, April 15, 2011

Cities on the Edge - After-Note

Just a note in passing, as I suspect one or two people coming here might be interested; Cities on the Edge has been the subject of a few posts and pages elsewhere on the Web. Author Anders Sandberg has blogged about it, and co-author Waldemar Ingdahl has done so twice, once for gamers and once for futurists. It's also sold well enough to merit a mention on RPG Countdown, among other places.


The book ended up with (mostly) original line art commissioned by Steve Jackson Games. However, at one stage, when the art budget looked a little questionable, I suggested that some processed B&W photographic imagery might work. The company disagreed, but for those who are curious, here's what might almost have become my first art credits in the RPG business after thirty years of writing:


RogerBW said...

I suppose they might have had an eye to the future... the South Bank looked great as Future Earth in Doctor Who in 1973, not so great now.

Phil Masters said...

Well, these buildings come from a range of dates (and are in a range of styles) - which I thought suited the book, which doesn't deny that a future city is likely to have structures from across multiple centuries. Though the real selling point here was that these are all pictures of Stockholm, which is the book's big example city.

But as I said, the main reason they were dropped seems to be that - the old WWII line notwithstanding - somebody at SJGames just doesn't want to use photos.