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!


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  1. 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.

  2. @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!

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