The Hunt Begins…

Currently Spartacus Publishing is pursuing the development of a card game entitled Near Space. This game is set in a hard sci-fi universe focusing on exploration and combat. The vast majority of cards will focus on spacescapes, planetscapes, and other cosmic phenomenon.

We have been strongly influenced by the styles of John Berkey, Bob Eggleton, and Vincent DiFate. Thus we are looking for pieces that are evocative of these creators. Strong high contrast images with an inherent drama are preferred. Make sure that no matter where you draw your inspiration from that it is your work you are submitting. Using images from the NASA/JPL Galleries is fine but please make a note of accreditation if you do so.

We are looking for 60-80 individual pieces. Finished pieces should be full-color and formatted for a final print of 66 x 88 millimeters portrait layout. Final pieces should be delivered as a minimum 300dpi TIF.

Though the cards will likely be printed with a black border bright and eye-catching art is preferred. Our focus is on newly discovered colony worlds, gas giants, starbases, asteroid fields, and minefields. We will also need a variety of cards depicting various events and encounters that will be detailed as we progress with select artists.

Interested artists should submit rough drafts for approval. Be prepared to take a minimum of art direction before the piece is accepted. You will retain ownership and copyright of the physical piece. We are purchasing the rights for two printings; once in this initial release and again in a possible future compilation. We can offer $30 for each piece we use and will include a copy of the finished product. (You will be allowed to purchase additional copies of the game at wholesale price, 50% of SRP.)  Your payment will be made within 10 days of final draft approval with finished work delivered no more than 20 days after receipt. Payment can be made via Paypal or physical check. If your art is used on the packaging, or any subsequent merchandise, we will negotiate additional fees. Incidental use of the work in marketing or advertising will not be compensated.

If you are looking around for additional inspiration I would recommend the works of Frank Kelly Freas, Marcin Jakubowski, or Stephen Hickman.  Including ships and other technological elements is encouraged and we will be providing a description of the two main races, Terrans and Alpha Centaurians, and other races upon request.

Contact information:
Casey Clark
iam@spartacuspublishing.com
http://spartacuspublishing.com/
3906 Grace Ellen Drive
Columbia, MO 65202-1739
573-808-0158

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About Casey Clark

SPARTACUS PUBLISHING The Creative Team Gabe Ivan, Designer and Writer Thom Thurman, Art Director Casey Clark, Designer and Editor The conspiracy that would become Spartacus Publishing began in a high school study hall in Columbia, MO. There the three core members engaged in lengthy discourse about gaming, comic books, sci-fi series, and pro wrestling. Somewhere between reviews and recaps of existing works, the trio started proposing ideas of their own. RPG campaigns were planned. Game rules were designed and redesigned. At least half a dozen comic book ideas were pitched. Precious little studying was done, but a good time was had by all. Years later, the trio reunited under the Death's Edge Games banner to produce their first game. Other works followed for DEG, Black Cross, Guildhouse Games, and Spartacus Publishing.

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  1. In the affort to put more back story and world building out there for Near Space I plan on regular “Universe Posts”. These will detail the Alien Races of course but I will also delve into the events, encounters, strongholds and cosmic phenomenon that exist in the game. Though I was looking at once a week I may try a slightly more ambitious schedule since the write-ups are meant to be more brief insights and artistic guides than exhaustive studies. Look for a description of the Terrans and Alpha Centaurians come this Friday!

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