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The Art of Magitech Wars

Today, I would like to introduce you to the art of Magitech Wars and the Techno-Fantasy styled character images by Widodo Pangarso. The art was planned for a project named “The Magitech Wars” utilizing our “Archon Core System” (that will be explained in a upcoming blog-post in detail).

Widodo is from Indonesia and graduated at an art and design school at Jakarta, he resides in Malang. Widodo was fresh from school back in the days and therefore his paint skills where not up on par with his nowadays skills. The artworks where our very first commission ever and have been created sometime around 2003.

The actual Magitech Wars project took much longer to develop, as many changes and a lot of playtesting went into it. We went back and forth several iterations with and without using cards and/or dice, using tokens and even miniatures at some point (this design process is also mirrored in the various Archon Variants that have been created using the Archon Core System).

The final incarnation of this project was planned to be printed at the game crafter or a printing company that allowed for small batches. We even started a collaboration with a board-game magazine and website in our area for marketing and public relations.

From a business point of view, the idea was to produce a highly enjoyable game with a minimum of financial input. While making the finished product look as good as possible. Overall we decided to go with an amateur artist (thats what Widodo was, back in the days), and only cards. With no other components like a full fledged game-board or even miniatures.

Linked are the first 20 artworks for the iconic characters of Magitech Wars, each of them has a few Science-Fiction influences. Its like fantasy characters dis-placed into a cyberpunk future:

Stay tuned for the full release of the Magitech-Wars project (including all rules and cards of the core-set) on our sister site sometime later this year (and yes, it will be free)!