Review Of The Cover Of The Warriors Of Batak

WARRIORS OF BATAKbatak

Campagna, Dan (Task Force Games, 1982)

Somewhere in the last century, the boilerplate book cover for fantasy roleplaying products became a picture of two magical warrior women in cleavage-armour confronting each other from the backs of dragons[1].

Although one applauds Task Force Games’ decision to depart from this formula in The Warriors of Batak, one can’t help but wonder about the process that chose this:

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Footnote:
[1] Miniatures wargames caught a blast of the same wind, although they favoured a more crowded-looking, homoerotic version of the same scene.  Where the fantasy game or magazine had already used the dragon riders on a recent cover, the formula permitted four variations:

  • Cleavage-sorceress steps onto balcony with a ball of fire over her hands,
  • Cleavage-warrior holds a spear in front of her companions,
  • Man sits in room of astrological apparatus,
  • Group of friends consult map in a tavern

 

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One Comment

  1. Christopher Johnstone

    There is a sort of naive beauty and sheer imaginative wonder to it though. I wonder if somewhere an expert digital artist might one day recreate this scene in a way that captures the full imaginative glory of the work…

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