Saturday, May 30, 2009

Before & After

So, I picked up Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure 3rd Printing thanks to some Noble Knight store credit. I have to say, while the content is basically unchanged, the layout has been nicely cleaned up and a bit better organized, while keeping the relatively "classic" feel of C&C.

The cover...the new cover is nice, but I thought the old one with the map/parchment-color background had its charms as well. The new one is definitely a bit more eye-catching, which I guess is the point. What do you think?

Before:




After:

13 comments:

JimLotFP said...

The old cover has a "stepping into an old forgotten world" idea going for it. New one looks like FLYING SUPERHERO COMBAT with a pea soup cover design. Not an improvement.

Zachary The First said...

Jim: I do like the old map-style. I like the new design well enough, but wonder a bit if it is the right choice for a "Classic-style" RPG. Ultimately, I'd love more C&C gamers, so we'll see if that's accomplished or not.

Tim Shorts said...

I much prefer the old style and agree with Jim. The old cover looks more like a 1st edition style while the new cover screams
4th edition. For me, that is not a good thing.

Dr-Rotwang said...

I'll keep my current printings.

kelvingreen said...

Jeepers, I'm not a C&C player, but that first cover is miles better than the new one. Ugh.

Zachary The First said...

Whew! That's a pretty unanimous verdict on responses thus far from commenters! :P

Andreas Davour said...

Jim phrases it well. It looks more like a superhero book than anything else.

Sean said...

I'm not a C&C player either, but I do recognise the old cover instantly as a C&C title. That's Brand Identity, baby.

If they wanted to make a change, maybe they could keep the same style, use a more realistic sheet of parchment for a more layered, classier, look.

Mike said...

The new cover = cleaner, blander, and more sterile. No personality to it whatsoever.

I'll hang on to my older books, thanks.

Shingo Watanabe said...

I think the new cover is much 4e Style for me. I like more the old cover, give me the old school feeling.

Norman Harman said...

What the man with copious hair said.


I have the hardback goldleaf "special" editions (cause they were on sale cheaper than regular ones) I like the hardbackness but the original look is so stylish I sort of wish I had those instead.

nathaniel said...

I did not like the 3rd printing style as displayed online, but I ordered it anyways. I must say it looks much much nicer in person. I also like the addition of new creatures and fixes to the treasure tables.

The Rusty Battle Axe said...

I just picked up the M&T 3rd printing (I didn't have the early printings). It's not bad, although I prefer the earlier C&C parchment map designs. The previous covers are a bit busy, but they are also distinctive and evocative. The new cover, not so much. I do have to say that the back cover art of the new M&T--which is a continuation of the front cover--is pretty cool. Fortunately, the good stuff inside is really what matters at the table.