Exquisite Corpses (LotFP edition) work in progress

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you probably already know that I am working on a ‘monster book’ for LotFP called Exquisite Corpses right now (well, not right now, but you get the idea). You can read LotFP’s announcement here.

At right are the paintings in progress for the new edition. I published the original edition of E.C. via Lulu in 2010 and a lot of people liked the concept behind the book. Each page had a picture of a man, a woman, a bird, a robot, a tree-man, etc., on it and each page was cut into three sections — one cut at the neck and one cut at the hips — thus dividing each picture page into three tabs; the top tab has the head on it, the middle tab had the torso, wings, arms, etc., and the bottom tab has the legs and groin. The pages are arranged so that you can flip the tabs and put the man’s head on the robot’s body, the snake’s head on the insect’s body, etc., and build ‘hybrid’ creatures. Each tab also had suggestions for powers and abilities associated with that part, so giving the dragon’s head to a creature would give that creature the ability to breathe fire and bite, putting a bird’s torso on a creature would mean that it would have wings, etc.

In addition to the 26 basic monsters (which could be combined to create +17,000 unique critters if my calculations are right), there were optional random tables to add special powers and vulnerabilities to creatures and even a set of simple psionics rules for old school D&D games. The new edition not only increases 26 base monsters to 40 (thus, 64,000 combinations) and the illustrations are in color.

There will be other features and supplementary downloads for the new edition… today I decided to offer a free pdf of little pants and brassieres that users could print out and paste over the creatures in case they didn’t want to see all that full frontal nudity. Not every creature in the book is naked (some are wearing pants or armor) and not all have visible genitals (i.e.: aliens and snakes)… and personally I can’t imagine wanting to paste little trousers on the guys, but at least one person said that they didn’t particularly want their kids getting bothered by it so I want to try to be accomodating.

The idea was (I think) a good one, but Lulu is not the best vehicle for publishing and promotion. And, although I really liked the concept, the drawings of the creatures were, in all honesty, not my best work. Plus the user had to cut the tabs himself to prepare the book for use (which always made me wonder how disspointed people might have been if they screwed that up). After some online discussion James Raggi IV (LotFP) and I agreed that a better edition could be a fun addition to most people’s game library. Raggi deals with a quality printer in Finland that could do the book in a nice binding with color illustrations and perforated pages (so the user could cut or tear along the perforation rather than slitting the pages with an x-acto knife or cutting them with scissors, which is just asking for trouble).

edited 5-3-2011


Exquisite Corpses in progress


As has already been announced, Lamentations of the Flame Princess is bringing out a new edition of ‘Exquisite Corpses’ this year so I am busy working on new paintings. Above you see the new ‘mutant’ painting for the second edition (about 1/2 done) next to the original 1st edition mutant(unsliced). Read LOTFP’s announcement about it here.


LotFP to release Exquisite Corpses!

Finally it can be revealed! Raggi made the announcement on the LotFP blog this morning… we are working together to bring out a new edition of the Exquisite Corpses book for your flip-booking monster making pleasure. Visit LotFP for more details.

It will be new-and-improved, but this does not make existing Exquisite Corpses books obsolete… it will have new art (color monsters!), a better binding from a professional printer in Finland (as opposed to Lulu) and new content still under discussion/creation. We are also discussing ways to incorporate the previous edition’s content into the new edition.

Subject to change and the whims of fate, the new edition will feature:

  • Color monster art for the ‘flip pages’
  • New cover art
  • Some new ‘base’ monsters for the flip pages (some will remain the same, some will change)
  • More ‘base’ monsters (going from 26 ‘base’ creatures to 32!)
  • Elimination of the handful of errors in the previous edition (while probably introducing a whole lot more new errors)
  • Better printing and professional binding!
  • New and improved higher price!
  • New interior art (hopefully — if everything else gets worked out and subject to time)

I don’t know if James has announced yet when the book will be available… so stay tuned.


LotFP to release Exquisite Corpses!

Finally it can be revealed! Raggi made the announcement on the LotFP blog this morning… we are working together to bring out a new edition of the Exquisite Corpses book for your flip-booking monster making pleasure. Visit LotFP for more details.

It will be new-and-improved, but this does not make existing Exquisite Corpses books obsolete… it will have new art (color monsters!), a better binding from a professional printer in Finland (as opposed to Lulu) and new content still under discussion/creation. We are also discussing ways to incorporate the previous edition’s content into the new edition.

Subject to change and the whims of fate, the new edition will feature:

  • Color monster art for the ‘flip pages’
  • New cover art
  • Some new ‘base’ monsters for the flip pages (some will remain the same, some will change)
  • More ‘base’ monsters (going from 26 ‘base’ creatures to 32!)
  • Elimination of the handful of errors in the previous edition (while probably introducing a whole lot more new errors)
  • Better printing and professional binding!
  • New and improved higher price!
  • New interior art (hopefully — if everything else gets worked out and subject to time)

I don’t know if James has announced yet when the book will be available… so stay tuned.


More positive press for Exquisite Corpses

Sometimes the web shows you some love. ‘C’ has posted a very positive review of my little book over at his blog-o-zine, Hack & Slash. Check it out, subscribe and then head on over to Lulu and buy a copy. If you already have a copy, buy another for the bathroom or guest bedroom!


Positive Press from the Blog-o-sphere on Exquisite Corpses

OK, so I’m officially a shameless self promoter. Jonathan Bingham wrote a very positive review of my lulu monster-book, Exquisite Corpses, over at his blog, Ostensible Cat! Despite being allergic to cats, I like the Ostensible variety of felines.

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, scoot on over to Lulu and get out your credit card and order one for the bathroom, one for the game room and one for the bookshelf! Lulu will print up a fresh one and ship it to you ASAP! Link to Lulu here!


Exquisite Corpses reviewed

Nice review here from Mike Monaco where his 5 year old daughter apparently got some enjoyment out of ‘Exquisite Corpses:”

http://mikemonaco.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/the-dungeon-alphabet-and-exquisite-corpses-as-reviewed-by-my-5-year-old/

As always I’m still flogging Exquisite Corpses:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/exquisite-corpses-a-new-kind-of-monster-manual/10284067


Exquisite Corpses reviewed

Nice review here from Mike Monaco where his 5 year old daughter apparently got some enjoyment out of ‘Exquisite Corpses:”

http://mikemonaco.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/the-dungeon-alphabet-and-exquisite-corpses-as-reviewed-by-my-5-year-old/

As always I’m still flogging Exquisite Corpses:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/exquisite-corpses-a-new-kind-of-monster-manual/10284067


Exquisite Corpses PDFs no longer free

I am currently on the job market and scratching for every penny… so future downloads of E.C. will be $3.66 each. Hope you got the free download while the getting was good.


EXQUISITE CORPSES NOW ON SALE

Finally my new magnum opus, ‘Exquisite Corpses,’ is availible to you via Lulu print-on-demand:

LINK TO LULU “EXQUISITE CORPSES” PAGE

I’ve printed a couple of ‘proofs’ and can assure you that the cover looks much better than the pdf preview availible on the Lulu product page… but with the 12 papge preview, you can read the intoduction and see a couple of the interior illustrations.

It sells for $10.00 for a print copy, or $3.66 for a downloaded pdf.

The book has a total of 91 pages in black and white and is spiral bound. The book is intended to serve as a bestiary / monster book for role playing gamers and weirdos of every stripe. Twenty six monsters (including humans, a robot, a minotaur, a cyclops, etc.) are presented. By cutting the pages into thirds (dotted lines and full instructions provided), each of the 26 ‘basic’ monsters is made into 3 tabs (head, torso and feet/tail/psuedopod). The user can then flip the tabs to swap heads, torsos, etc., and come up with all sorts of crazt combinations. By my calculation, there are over 17,000 possible combinations availible!
To see how it works, check out the picture below. On the left we see mister Lizard man: nothing terribly special — looks like he just stepped out of an episode of Star Trek. On the right we see Lizard man’s head swapped onto a fungus body with a giant anaconda’s tail. Imagine the possibilities!

If that were not enough, there is an appendix with over a dozen different powers and mutations/variations to add to your creations as well as 3 sample creatures to get you started.