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New Tal Art Available

Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 4:29 pm
by Mulsiphix
I just read the good news myself over at Tal.com. But for those who aren't visiting, I just wanted to mention that some new Tal art was commissioned for one of the Lost Books! I never get tired of Tal art, especially from Adam Black :D

News Article
New Art Album

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 8:20 pm
by Big Mac
I started a thread about this, called Celadon art gallery back in April. ;)

But I actually missed the news article. :oops:

It is good stuff. And it is nice to see the comments on Tal.com.

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 8:35 pm
by Mulsiphix
Oops. Sorry Big Mac. I was so excited I forgot to check the forums first :facepalm:

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 8:52 pm
by Havard
Wow, those are some great pieces! :)

-Havard

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:31 pm
by Mulsiphix
That's what I'm saying!! One things about Tal that is iconic, IMHO, is the evocative art. Doesn't matter what system or world your playing in, when you see a good Tal piece you can't help but want to find a home for it in your game. Adam Black and PD Breeding Black are gaming artist masterminds :P

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:12 pm
by writermonk
I think there's still one or two more pieces still to go with this set from Adam that aren't yet complete.

Also, as another possible piece of good news if you like the art in that gallery - I'll own the pictures once they're all finally complete AND I'll probably have some mock-up sketches as well. Basically, I paid for all of that artwork out of my own pocket BUT I got it all at a far cheaper rate than Adam Black normally charges. One of the things he does is a variety of mock-ups and test drawings. AND he said he was going to send those on to me as well as the prints themselves when they were all done.

How's that for awesome?

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:27 pm
by Mulsiphix
That is seriously AWEsome =D. Adam is a great guy. My eyes thank you Doug!!!

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:25 am
by Big Mac
writermonk wrote:I think there's still one or two more pieces still to go with this set from Adam that aren't yet complete.

Also, as another possible piece of good news if you like the art in that gallery - I'll own the pictures once they're all finally complete AND I'll probably have some mock-up sketches as well. Basically, I paid for all of that artwork out of my own pocket BUT I got it all at a far cheaper rate than Adam Black normally charges. One of the things he does is a variety of mock-ups and test drawings. AND he said he was going to send those on to me as well as the prints themselves when they were all done.

How's that for awesome?
That is more than awesome.

It is awesome for Adam to work at cut price rates to get these unpublished books finished.

It was already awesome that you (and other designers) have donated these books that you never got paid to write.

Going above the initial gift (of the Lost Books) and actually paying to fund the creation of the art puts awesome on top of awesome, Doug. With Adam adding a side order of awesome.

That has to be awesome cubed. :mrgreen:

Thinking about this. The way that this stuff has happened. I do wonder, if people like you and Adam can do this. Would it be possible to create new Tal books and then use something like Lulu or CreateSpace to publish them and split up the royalties afterwards so that the creative people and SMS get paid later down the line?

If something like that was possible then maybe a Kickstarter campaign could build up enough money to get the process going.

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:46 pm
by Mulsiphix
I wholeheartedly agree, Awesome Cubed :o. I have no doubt that such a thing could be accomplished. The big question is, how many folks out there would be willing to undertake the creative side of the project? I know Mark Williams is working on a new Tal book but other than that, I haven't heard much from the rumor mill ;(

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:35 am
by writermonk
Right now, SMS's position on things (and he still owns the rights to the material; he just allows them for free personal use download) is that: 1) he's made his money from Tal, 2) he's not as involved in the gaming scene any longer, 3) he still loves and cherishes Tal and if (that's a big if) anything new is done, he wants it to the same high standards as the existing stuff. There are periodic rumors of something Tal related that pop up every year or so, but nothing has come of them so far.

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:47 am
by Big Mac
writermonk wrote:Right now, SMS's position on things (and he still owns the rights to the material; he just allows them for free personal use download) is that: 1) he's made his money from Tal, 2) he's not as involved in the gaming scene any longer, 3) he still loves and cherishes Tal and if (that's a big if) anything new is done, he wants it to the same high standards as the existing stuff. There are periodic rumors of something Tal related that pop up every year or so, but nothing has come of them so far.
Fair enough Doug.

But it seems to me that the thing that kept causing problems for Talislanta was the companies licensing it and then running out of cash. We now live in a time where Print on Demand and PDF distribution methods mean that if SMS ever wanted to un-retire Talislanta, so that people could buy new things, it could be done without the sort of massive distribution chain that has been required in the past.

I know there have been a few near misses with products. Maybe one day the new tools could be used to make it possible for something to get to market.

If SMS has made his money from Tal and doesn't need it to turn a big profit, that might even help this sort of thing to happen one day, because profit margins could be tighter and the focus could be on breaking even, paying authors and artists for their time and making sure everything is up to the correct standard before fans are allowed to buy it.

Unless or until that happens, thanks for funding some awesome Talislanta art out of your pocket.

Re: New Tal Art Available

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:05 am
by Mulsiphix
Big Mac wrote:If SMS has made his money from Tal and doesn't need it to turn a big profit, that might even help this sort of thing to happen one day, because profit margins could be tighter and the focus could be on breaking even, paying authors and artists for their time and making sure everything is up to the correct standard before fans are allowed to buy it.
That is a dream that I hold onto. I hope one day this sort of thing will be a reality. There are so many possibilities and such a great amount left to do with Tal. I hate the thought that it might be over. But we must keep hope alive ^_^