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Thread: ARTBOOKS - do you collect them?
blob2
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posted May 03, 2018 03:08 PM
Edited by blob2 at 15:11, 03 May 2018.

ARTBOOKS - do you collect them?

ARTBOOKS.

Do you Guys collect artbooks? Do you buy a Collector Edition of a game only because it comes with an artbook? What about artbooks that are released as "stand-alone" products? Do you buy those?

I myself am a collector of fantasy themed artbooks (with some exceptions), especially from lore/settings that I really like. Not a big collection, but I have a few. What I like most about some of these is that aside from art they come with written text with insights on the piece of work (usually a game ) I really enjoy. These are pricey, and you might want to ask if it's worth the investment as it will mostly sit on your shelf, but at the same time I love the feeling of browsing through the book and simply contemplate the art.

What are you prized possesions? Maybe you have some artbooks that you would recommend? What do you think about collecting them?

Artbooks are a way to "celebrate" the work of so many talented people, that's for sure...

Here are some of mine favourites:

- Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim CE Artbook



Probably one of the most beautiful artbooks to ever come with a game (and on of the best Collector Editions I've ever seen, also comes with a statue of a dragon), it's stylized as an old book with leather-like cover, and is chock-full of art from one of my favourite RPG's of all-time. I just couldn't miss it!

- World of Warcraft: Chronicle series



3 tomes so far. While these are less artbooks, but more lore books, each on of them is a must-buy for me. You don't need to be a fan of Warcraft franchise to enjoy them. Maybe it's not the most high-end read, but it certainly is very fun, and I think you might come to a conclusion that Blizzard has crafted one hell of an interesting setting.

- Stacraft II: Legacy of the Void "Field Manual" (PS: yeah this is Sci-Fi )



Probably my favourite "lore" artbook of them all, it's the best example of an artbook that delivers tons of info if you're particulary interested in a franchise. This is how collector edition artbooks for games should be! I also have the one from Heart of the Swarm CE, but that one is a traditional artbook.

- The Art of Magic: The Gathering series



My newest "discovery", and knowing me I'll probably buy them all. Even if you didn't play Magic: the Gathering, the daddy of all CCG, you can't walk pass the art from some of the best artists out-there. I've stopped playing the game years ago, but I'm continiously awed by it's settings and flavors. The art books are my dream come true: not only these display the incredible art, but they're mostly a lore book, so I can have all information that I want in one place. So far I ordered 3, so this is still a fresh thing

PS: And yes! They already released an artbook from my favourite plane, Innistrad!

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Lord_Woock
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posted May 03, 2018 04:37 PM

I don't, but I probably should get the Magic ones. As soon as I figure out how to store all of my board games in a way that makes room for an art book. Which is probably when I move to a different apartment, actually.
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posted May 03, 2018 05:41 PM
Edited by blob2 at 17:42, 03 May 2018.

Lord_Woock said:
I don't, but I probably should get the Magic ones. As soon as I figure out how to store all of my board games in a way that makes room for an art book. Which is probably when I move to a different apartment, actually.


I didn't read into it much, but it appears Dungeons & Dragons have this sort of crossover with MtG (http://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/02/28/dungeons-and-dragons-magic-the-gathering/). So maybe not board games per se, but another interesting use for the artbooks. I've read opinions that people are using them as inspirations for their gaming sessions at least

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Kipshasz
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posted May 03, 2018 09:25 PM

While artbooks are great, those were not the main target when I considered buying a big box game, but rather the other goodies in them, namely the soundtrack CDs.
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posted May 03, 2018 09:35 PM

I'm still proud of my younger self for cancelling my pre-order for heroes 6 collector's edition (I think I was really fond of the ring you get or some ****). Luckily I was touched by better judgement, which is odd, since the game looked promising at the time.
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posted May 04, 2018 08:33 AM

I have only two collector's edition games, Oblivion and Heroes V, only the latter came with an artbook included, and I'll admit it's cool. And now I get why Agrael had such a feminine pose.

Apart from that I don't have any game art books
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blob2
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posted May 04, 2018 01:02 PM
Edited by blob2 at 09:48, 16 May 2018.

I also have Heroes V CE. I think the game was worth of the investment, even though I bought it on account of the franchise coming back to life and hype generated from the fact. I was still optimistic then...

While the book itself is not your coffee-table size nor A4 of an artbook, it did contain some cool art (they employed a French artist who has a unique style). And the CE itself had a lot of additional goodies which they usually don't make anymore: faction/unit spreadsheets or foldaway game boxes (yep, why would they, we don't need X number of physical mediums for a game now) for instance.

Collector Editions were a big deal for me when I was younger, I've spent a lot of my gift money on them. Now, because I have an actual job, I can buy a lot more. But I don't . Alas, although I still have a soft spot for this stuff, I figured artbooks are the perfect form of collectible goodies. They don't take that much space, are easy to pick-up and put-off, and if made correctly, there are a form of medium that you won't find on internet, cause the lore is usually all over the place, take MtG for instance...

EDIT: The Art of MtG artbooks are in, and they're incredible. The art, the packaging. Reading the lore, which is written compactly but concisely (although they should add an index or vocabulary for the fictional terms they're using) does make my imagination work like crazy. I feel like I was a kid again. My only reservation is that sometimes the art they use for big spreadsheets obviously looks like it wasn't meant for bigger formats (but they're still relevant). I ought you to check the artbooks out if you have a chance, even if you're not a fan of the franchise.

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markmasters
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posted May 16, 2018 02:08 PM

I only had the warcraft 2 and 3 battlebox that also gave some art....Wish I had this for more games (castlevania lords of shadow for instance).

Blob, can you show the H5 collectors edition contents?

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posted May 16, 2018 03:18 PM
Edited by blob2 at 15:18, 16 May 2018.

markmasters said:
Blob, can you show the H5 collectors edition contents?


Do you mean the whole content? Or the artbook? If you want the first option unfortunately I can only provide you with links, as finding all it's contents after my brother cleaned up his room would be very hard.



Here's an unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgYK_GkpbWM (polish version)

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