Inspiration from a book plate?

Hi there!

Sure, we all love books and maps for inspiration… (BTW, check here and here for some great maps!)

But did you ever think of book plates as inspirational for a game? I sure as heck didn’t. And yet, there’s this great post that does just that – covering bookplates from late 1400s to the late 1800s through the 1900s. Amazing artwork simply declaring that a particular book belongs to a particular person.

Take for example, the beautiful scroll work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – basically a coat of arms worked into a book plate. I have to wonder if an enterprising GM could work a book plate into a book found as part of a treasure as a clue… Or if some strange magic might work its way to lure a reader to another dimension…

Anyway… I’d encourage you to peruse the collection on the linked page – the book plates are amazing, as are the maps at the other links. True inspiration!

–Fitz

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  1. Fitz Reply

    @Jonathan – Honestly I think it’s been done before – such as in the (not great) movie of Tomb Raider. But it’s still a good idea. :)

    And you’re welcome for the plug… Awesome maps even if they’re only available for a limited time!

  2. Jonathan Roberts Reply

    That’s a great idea. I’d never thought to use a bookplate as a clue. That would be great – particularly in a later tech/renaissance game. Good stuff. Thanks for the map plug too – it’s a great collection of work we’ve got together, but only available whilst the exhibition is open.

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