As a general rule, I’d prefer that people don’t assume I have Asperger’s — not that I have anything against those who suffer from the most self-diagnosed flavor on the Autism spectrum.
It’s just that we as role-players tend to often joke about subjects that other people don’t find funny, we quote movies that no one else thinks are awesome and we we tend to make fun of shit that really isn’t funny — like Asperger’s.
And some of us for some reason not only don’t know when we’ve crossed a line, but we don’t realize there was a line there to begin with. And inevitably, those of us who occasionally quote Monty Python to each other get lumped in with the guys who make rape jokes to the solitary girl in the elevator. Is it fair? No. It’s guilt by association, and it sucks. But it’s a fact of life.
That’s why things like F.A.T.A.L. make we wince. I’m not saying it doesn’t have a right to exists, I’m just saying there’s something wrong with your brain for thinking up such a monstrosity.
So when the RPG blogosphere got it’s collective panties into a twist about the artwork in Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Grindhouse Edition, I had to check it out.
So after reading dozens of forum posts and blog articles decrying LotFP, I bought it. That’s right, I bought something to look at the pictures — like Playboy or Penthouse back in the days before the internet.
Not only did I buy LotFP to look at the pictures, I did it because of the negative comments I’ve seen.
So is this an example of the law of unintended consequences? Or is this an example of reverse psychology marketing? I can’t say.
But after perusing LotFP Grindhouse Edition, I will say this: the books that make up this game have some of the best art direction I’ve seen in an RPG.
There are dozens — probably hundreds — of line art illustrations by various artists in a variety of styles. Yes, some are graphic — and there are too many instances of cocks to suit my tastes.
It’s clear however that a great deal of thought was put into layout and presentation. Here we have an independent RPG publisher who understands the importance of artwork to help set a tone. Granted: it’s a dark and disturbing tone, but there’s certainly nothing that make me as a role-player want to hide my head in shame.
Some of the artwork appears to repeat from page to page, but it actually changes as you page through the book. As I was scrolling through page by page, it was too subtle for me to catch the first time around, but I noticed it on a second perusal.
Like I said, I can’t speak for the game, as I only looked at the pictures. Now that I know it’s not the next F.A.T.A.L., I’ll give it a read and write a proper review later.
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