Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Speaking of Spanish Language News ...

Pedro Gil over at the Spanish old school blog Aventuras en La Marca del Este has passed along word that a new retro-clone, based on Labyrinth Lord, is in the works. The game, which will be released in a boxed set that includes a 150-page rulebook, a referee's screen, and dice. Here's the art from the box cover:

And here are a couple of character illustrations from the rulebook:

As you can see, this is going to be a very attractive product, with lots of excellent artwork. There's the possibility of an English language translation of the game in the future, but, for now, those of us who don't read Spanish will have to be content with merely admiring the game rather than actually playing it.

23 comments:

  1. That looks gorgeous. Thanks for posting about this. I guess I'll have to work on my rusty Spanish.

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  2. I'd be happy just to have a book of the illustrations. I could easily apply them to some of the games I already enjoy.

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  3. Wow. That cover illustration alone is gorgeous. I'd love to see the whole thing when it's published.

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  4. A retro-clone of a retro-clone?

    Those are very nice drawings of Gandalf and Gimli, but I think New Line (not to mention the actors) should have something to say about their likenesses being used...

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  5. Thank you for posting this info about our game, James.

    Actually dwarf's face is a portrait of A.J Manzanedo, the artist. We would like to hear from New Line about that likeness you're talking about, it would be funny. ¡Ah!, this game is made using legal cover from a cultural association, with no economical profit at all. Any possible gain would be donated, as stated in spanish law, to the many cultural and help projects our association is working on nowadays. We're not worried about any legal issue, you can be sure of it.

    Well, it is no exactly L.L, it´s only similar to it. Our game is a retro emulator of Basic D&D Mentzer edition, with many, many, changes, two adventures and information about our own an original setting, La Marca del Este. There shall be many more original art coming for this game, including ilustratios for all the monsters in the bestiary included, among many scenes in each section of the game.

    Well, thanks again, is a pleasure to be in Grognardia, one of the moste important old school blogs in the whole world. Many people in Spain read you with interest every single day.

    Keep up with the good work and sorry for my bad english.

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  6. Somehow, the Dragon looks like it made of ground beef.

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  7. Steinkel: don't worry, American gamers always have my blog if they want REALLY bad English.

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  8. This is the first time I consider myself lucky for living in Spain (in an RPG context, of course :P).

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  9. I'm a lucky spaniard too! :) Here many people are waitting enthusiastic the release of the game, and follows the blog for any new picture or info.

    I supose the 150 games will be sell too soon

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  10. I also think that the game will be an instant hit...and 150 copies will be not enough for all the guys who want to buy it..
    The people of La marca del este loves the game and RPGs ...as anyone can see and read every day on his blog...A dayly must-read..
    and the final product surely will be awesome

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  11. I note that your blog is now "el sanctasantorum del old school revival", James. How does it feel to be the Holy of Holies? :)

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  12. It's actually "del revival old school. Blah.

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  13. Wow, I love the style of those illustrations.

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  14. Bwahaha!
    My significant other is from Madrid (the one in Spain) and has worked as a translator!

    This looks pretty cool.

    Steinkel, let me know if you need help with an English translation.

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  15. Wow, really impressive art for an "enthusiast" publication. Simultaneously inspiring and intimidating!

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  16. The illustrations bear no resemblance to Ian McKellen, or John Rhys-Davies and New Line Cinema certainly does not own right to artistic renderings of wizards and dwarfs that kind of look like Lord of the Rings characters.

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  17. Thanks Ancientvaults. I shall remenber it if we finally start working in a english translation of our game.

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  18. Artwork, dices, a pure classical old school gaming... all is great!

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  19. There's a retro-clone in Portugese as well. I think it's of 1st edition and made in Brazil?

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  20. In Spain we are really waiting this game. "La Marca del Este" is considered one of the best RPG blogs, and it's authors are widely followed by spanish players.
    Personally, I'm putting aside money to buy the game the moment it comes out... ;)

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  21. Thank you for all your kind comments. Well, we shall be posting a new piece of artwork from the game each monday morning in our blog, until de game hit the shelves someday during september/october.

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  22. The cover illustration is beautiful! Hopefully, many people will start to get interested with the Spanish language.
    Spanish irregular verb

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