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Old 01-08-2020, 07:14 PM
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Ooooeeeee! Look what I just got in the mail!



Anyone else funded this? What do you think of the book?

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I found the book overall to be bloody amazing. I love seeing the process to creating art and this book (obviously) is all about it. They talk about the inspiration for creatures and areas and show different iterations for many aspects of the games. I particularly loved the level sketches and logo designs.

I had done some work on creating a snow biome for a new level (photoshop mockups) but I discovered from this book that OWI had also done some art for it, so now I feel like I can't continue to work on it because I'd be copying their idea / subconsciously influenced by their concepts.

One of the most interesting aspects was the many many pages of interview with Lorne. I learnt a fair few new things about him that I'd never heard before, so I appreciated that. I also loved learning about how the characters designs completely embody their traits, personality and beliefs.

My only criticism would be that there was no unreleased Soulstorm art and they didn't delve into any artwork for Fleeches or Greeters.

Overall, very happy and thanks to the people who worked on it!

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It's bloody noisy in this forum of everyone talking over each other, hey!
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All this noise is making me tired...

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That's not what the voices are saying...
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i got my book a few days ago still haven't had a chance to give it a good read though
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I flipped through it, opening at random pages, keeping going until I spotted a picture I'd never seen before. That took me through about 75% of the pages.

But I am looking forwards to perusing it more thoroughly soon.
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I am pretty sure the book was made with heart, but the descriptions are lame and the images as mentioned above are more or less 80% stuff we've already seen before.

No wonder there isn't much discussion about the book. This is hardly comparable to The First Ten Years.
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Yes, a lot of the imagery is similar and the descriptions of said imagery is nothing spectacular but there are some things many fans wouldn't have seen before.

Like I mentioned above, the snow biome, the iterations of the logo, the level designs and the interview with Lorne were all new to me. And overall, I think it's a really interesting compilation of the art of Oddworld.

I have the First Ten Years book but I wish I'd bought two copies ahah. Came across one in a second hand bookstore when I visited Tokyo but couldn't buy it as I would've had to carry it in my backpack for 4 months aha.
I love my Folio edition, but I couldn't bare parting with it, even for lots of money! Need another copy to get read lots XD

I feel like we've seen most of the art that Oddworld Inc. still has access to? I'd love to look around the 3D environments they created for the backgrounds, for example, but I think they've been lost over time...
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