Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hackmaster Basic Review: Erol Otus Cover

What can you say? Any RPG that can manage to lasso Erol into doing their cover is tops. No disappointments here at all. In typical EO style he grabs your attention with the unearthly wonder of the beast he depicts here. Even better this is a Hackmaster Basic specialty: The Aquatic Worm Hydra. A snaky body with twelve mushy, drastically distinct heads, each of a differing color to bedazzle and astound while they spew forth differing and shatteringly powerful attacks at any adventurer foolish enough to venture into its lair.

On the right our two brave adventurers, one a spell slinging mage, and the other obviously a warrior of some ilk manages a spear thrust in the maw of one beast, brown hued ichor splattering his banded mail. What could possibly have aroused the beasts suspicion probably has to do with the open treasure chest at our adventurers feet. An intriguing and mysterious red mask, slightly aquatic in appearance itself lies waiting within. The sandy and semi liquid floor beneath their feet make me believe the lair is located somewhere terraqeuos; though what causes a true shiver my spine and a thrill through my sword arm is the menacing figure in the archway in the far background. Cthulhoid architecture frames his fungal shaped head, his long thin tentacle-like arms bespeak some unknown horror I dare imagine.

Yes, we are talking classic Otus here and he is in rare form. What better imaginal expression to set the tone for the best game known to man that this hideous masterpiece of wonder? I am impressed indeed Kenzerco D-Team. I can only imagine the design meeting when this idea was put forth ...

"We should get Erol Otus to do the Cover!"

Silence, and then slowly the awesomeness of the idea dawns on each of the K-crews faces. And then a collective "Yeah! Kewl!!!"
"Hoody Hoo!!!!"

Success they say is all in the execution. Consider this an execution par excellence!

* * * * * * 6 out of 5 stars!

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