RPG Book On Kickstarter removes inadvertently copied GW2 art
You don’t like to say that works of art, including video game assets, are “stolen” unless it’s a clear case. Many artists may have similar styles, unintentionally making their work almost identical, while virtually every artist is “inspired” by another, leading to somewhat more obscure cases when art theft is reported.
In the case of an RPG project on Kickstarter, however, the similarities between his art and the art of a game were pretty obvious – and even the creator of the project seemed to agree.
As spotted by Redditor AMagicalCow, a piece of art for the 5th edition hardcover campaign book, Dawn of the Necromancer, appeared to use a piece of art virtually identical to the light armor from Guild Wars 2 – worn in a semi-ironic fashion by necromancers. The staff wielded by the character in the art is also similar to a stick in the game, although different enough in itself not to be an intentional copy.
Regardless, colors aside, it would be hard to argue that the artwork isn’t a direct copy of the GW2 outfit, and Dawn of the Necromancer creator John Harmston doesn’t dispute that. AMagicalCow said he contacted him and got an initial response of “Wow that’s similar. We’ll have to talk to the artist, ”and later:“ We weren’t aware of the similarities. We will seek to obtain new works of art. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is not our intention. “
So all’s well that ends well, at least not if you were that artist. And Dawn of the Necromancer looks like a pretty cool item. Harmston describes it as “a sandbox-type adventure in which players travel between a sprawling city, memorable towns, an ancient necropolis, and other dark destinations as they rush to undo a necromancer’s plans in the city. unimaginable power. That’s already well beyond his goal of $ 6,000, but if you’d like to donate more or check out the adventure example Harmston provided, you can visit his Kickstarter page.