manager 7d got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Book Cover for Adventure Quest, the Live-Action Roleplaying Game
Check out manager 7d's Book cover contest…
Games & Recreational
The product, Adventure Quest, is a sword and sorcery fantasy Live-Action Roleplaying game that includes races from myth and legend, animal-folk, monsters, and fantastical beasts. It also includes magic spells, battles with foam swords and spells, riddles, puzzles, mysteries, riddles, treasure maps, ethical dilemmas, and social challenges. Target audience: children and teenagers (ages 8-16), and parents. We lead Adventure Quest summer camps and after-school programs for children and teens. We will be selling this book to our clients, and adults who wish to lead this activity with children and teens. Adventure Quest is also a teambuilding game, used by Experiential Education facilitators, and a play therapy/drama therapy activity for psychotherapists. However, the main energy communicated by the cover needs to appeal to kids, teens, and parents. Please go to our website, and watch the 3 minute video on the homepage. This is important for understanding what we do (what this Adventure Quest book is used for): www.RenaissanceAdventures.com
What's your vision?
We invite you to submit rough sketches and ideas so that we can let you know early in the process whether your ideas are where we would like to go with this cover design. That will save you time and efforts. Full-color, full wrap, 8.5" x 11" trim size, paperback book cover for the Adventure Quest Game Book. The final design needs to meet the bleed, trim, and spine measurement guidelines of on-demand self-publishing for 210 pages - the spine width should be 0.473". Final product must be Photoshop or InDesign (include all layers), with additional copy files in pdf format. We are not set on font, but up until now we've used Grail Light for most headers, Bembo for body text, and for the logo, the font is Grail Light with the capitalized letters being Black Chancery. Please see the attached Adventure Quest logo. However, I'd like to change the look of the "Adventure Quest" word to maybe all Black Chancery, or all of one other font that communicates our company. I'm not a fan of the dual font in the same word look, anymore. Also, for the book cover, it may look good to have Black Chancery for "Adventure Quest", but Grail Light for "The Live-Action Roleplaying Game". But please experiment with fonts, and give me suggestions of fonts you think express our company. Thanks! Hopefully you can find free versions of them and we can just re-link the font in InDesign or Photoshop or modify it. We have shared a link to a public folder on our Dropbox filled with images that can be used (mostly from artist Tod Wills) (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dt2scbtjnq7dfc4/pQXpGyEHyY), but the overall design needs to POP, and sell the book. We feel that few if any images are actually needed for this project. Stock images: Please only use stock images that we could purchase the exclusive rights to use the image on any kind of a product (allowing the artist to retain rights to selling artwork as long as it is not on a product). I know making sure this is the case takes a little more investigation, but it helps us by making sure we don't approve an image initially and then have to eliminate it down the road because of a rights issue. We need to find a balance in the art and design between kid-friendly, family-friendly, and exciting enough to appeal to teenagers. Definitely needs to be family-friendly so parents will purchase the book for their kids. But also needs to potentially express courage, valor, and exciting action, to attract the kids and teens. We don't want anything so combative, grisly, or "dark" that it looks like the Dungeons and Dragons RPG or Pathfinder RPG, and definitely no vampires or werewolves on the cover. We had a full-cover color artwork designed for this book (centaur, racoon-person, and elf wizard on cover, with goblins sneaking up on back cover). However, we are now viewing that art as appealing to an audience that is younger than what we want to appeal to. Yes, it is kid and family friendly, but it probably does not appeal to the teenagers. We encourage creative new ideas that we haven't thought of before, and creative use of our artwork and your own artwork/design. To that end, we are uploading a wide variety of our artwork. Feel free to use parts of these in whatever creative way you come up with. We definitely want the design to be exciting, engaging, and inspiring. It has to make a viewer want to pick up the book. A few potential ideas (take them or leave them): a. perhaps the cover artwork could be an action-packed battle scene, or one or more heroic characters. b. Map on parchment as background, action figure or figures as foreground. c. leather bound tome - perhaps the central image of the picture on front cover is isolated from the background, blown up, and surrounded by a more "leather-bound tome" feel to the cover design, stamped/embossed in the mahogany or red-brown leather is the name of the book (maybe burned in or with crackling gold paint). Or the central image is paint on cloth, stitched into the leather. Could use an exciting figure for this, such as the pic below "tuskephant warrior and cheetahlord martialist melee.tif". d) Something very simple - almost plain - but striking. A bright band of lightning on a starlit sky. Or perhaps a pure white book with just our logo done in some interesting way. Or....? Also, the "Adventure Quest" logo on the book cover is not set in stone - that could also be modified or redesigned, if you are inspired to do that as a part of this contest. Front Cover text: Adventure Quest The Live-Action Roleplaying Game (these two lines could be together, one above the other, or the second line could be at the bottom of the front cover). (We also may want our logo on the front cover - the archway with the boy holding the sword up). Back Cover Text: Be the Hero of a Mythic Quest! Adventure Quest is the cornerstone of Renaissance Adventures’ success. This book has all the standard powers, paths, gear, and rules for an exciting adventure. Simple and scalable rules, nearly unlimited character options, and fast-paced play make Adventure Quest excellent for roleplaying hobbyists, experiential learning, and youth programs. • Playtested by thousands since 1995 • An intuitive, low-math combat system • Play as almost any conceivable fantasy race and character archetype • Skill- and path-based system supports creativity and freedom • Game rules can be learned by ages 8+ • For tabletop gaming, download a free translation at http://www.RenaissanceAdventures.com. For the Gamer/Hobbyist Adventure Quest is an inspired re-imagining of fantasy roleplaying. It is supported by a unique world setting and adventures that incorporate epic plots, mysteries, ethical dilemmas, and social challenges. For the Experiential Education Facilitator Develop the 21st century skills of decision-making, critical thinking, communication, and self-efficacy through facilitating this powerful team-building activity. For the Therapist This interactive storytelling game motivates participants to greater collaboration and engagement. Use Adventure Quest to increase self-esteem, awareness, empathy, and understanding.
ART & PICS: We have created a Dropbox folder filled with copies of all our images that you can utilize (most crafted by artist Tod Wills). View the folder at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dt2scbtjnq7dfc4/pQXpGyEHyY <p style="font-style: normal; line-height: 19px; font-family: sans-serif;">Stock images: If you choose to use them, please only use stock images that we could purchase the exclusive rights to use the image on any kind of a product (allowing the artist to retain rights to selling artwork as long as it is not on a product). I know making sure this is the case takes a little more investigation, but it helps us by making sure we don't approve an image initially and then have to eliminate it down the road because of a rights issue. It is important to go to our website, and watch the 3 minute video on the homepage, to better understand this product (what this Adventure Quest book is used for): http://www.RenaissanceAdventures.com. We understand that many freelance artists do not like these contests, and we want to make sure we're not wasting your time, so please submit rough draft sketches and ideas first. I appreciate your creative brilliance, and I hope you decide to create a stellar book cover. We intend to be very clear about what we like and where we're going with this, with plenty of feedback. Thank you for your creative inspiration and efforts!
US$299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at HK$2,399.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
manager 7d collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
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And then… they selected a winner!
We have worked with Zoe on a number of projects and we couldn't be happier with the work she has created for us. Her attention to detail and willingness to do what ever is needed to bring the project to life is brilliant. Thank you Zoe
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