I'm loving the art direction guides, and the West looks great in my opinion.
The feeling I get from Loskalm is of some sort of radical politics - like the ideas of the Founding Fathers of the United States, like Communist Russia, Communist China, Nazi Germany. They were all systems of government that were thought out and designed from some set of principles - not derived from tradition or common practice. Loskalm is somewhere in Glorantha where that theme can be explored, with the advantage that it actually did have a period of time (the Ban) when it was utterly isolated from rest of the world.
I don't regard Loskalm as some sort of Medieval Third Reich but the invented theoretical governments of Plato, Utopia, Brave New World,the Houyhnhnms, even Mega City One, could all be part of the mix.
> > See, this is what I don't like about the "new" view of Loskalm. I don't
> > know whether Greg and Jeff intended readers to get a Nazi/Stalinist vibe
> > about Loskalm (I'd guess not, but you never know), but the fact that
> > people do, whether or not they were supposed to, destroys the point of
> > them to me.
> If the Severe style of Early Classical Greece makes you think of Nazi/Stalinist vibes, all I can say is that the Severe style has proven very artistically influential (I actually think it looks more William Blake but reasonable minds can differ). People can read the art direction for themselves and decide what we intended.
> Additionally, our art direction for the Hsunchen, Doraddi, Praxians, Orlanthi, Pelorians, Fonritans, Westerners, and Kralori are all up on the website: http://moondesignpublications.com/page/look-glorantha
> Your Glorantha May Vary, but this is the look we will be using for all licensed commercial publications from Moon Design or Design Mechanism. We've tried hard to let folk see bits of this art before the Guide to Glorantha is published, and will post more art soon.
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