The Art of Hearthstone (英語) ハードカバー – 2018/12/30
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The Art of Hearthstone offers an in-depth glimpse into the creativity that made the wildly popular collectible card game into a global phenomenon. From the unseen concepts built early in Hearthstone's development to the hundreds of beautiful fantasy illustrations that have captured players' imaginations, this volume will show readers the art of the game in breathtaking detail. The book also tells the story of how Hearthstone came to be, growing from a small-team project to the worldwide success that it is today with more than 50 million players.
Physically, the book is pretty well made. Im a little concerned about the binding. As soon as i opened the cover the binding immediately felt flimsy. The pages open way too far, like you can see the glue undoing itself if you open the pages all the way. I was not suprised to see the other reviewers complaint about the binding completely falling apart. Otherwise, its pretty nice. The hardcover feels really good as i flip through the book and the pages are thick, glossy, and very vibrant - it shows off the artwork very well.
As far as the content covered, its a good amount but i feel like there could have been more. I pre ordered this book a year and a half ago and when the release date passed i saw a post from blizzard explaining they were going to postpone it a full year to allow for more content coverage. Great! Sounds awesome, i can wait for a better product! Well, i feel a little jipped. There is a good amount of coverage of the core set and thats awesome, but the expansions are severely underwhelming. For example goblins vs gnomes released about 125 cards, the book only shows 20... This goes for all of the four or so expansions added to this book. I feel like they could have released the core set as its own book, and in that years time released a second book with more expansion coverage. Furthermore, the first 65 pages of the book describe the very early stages of the game - discussing how to create the look and layout of the game board, the card format, special effects, etc. Its cool and i found it interesting, but honestly i will only ever look at that section once or twice and never go back to it. They could definitely have condensed that section to allow more pages for cards. Those two complaints asside, the card art is wonderfully displayed. A lot of the cards get a full page, some even cover two pages. At the smallest, they fit two cards on a single page, which honestly after looking at these cards on a small tablet for the last few years - seems huge by comparison. There are so many subtle nuances in a lot of these cards that go unnoticed when playing on a small scale, really aweome to get a closer view. There is also a few cards where they have a velum sketch page overlaying the final version of the card - those are super cool. Theres also a decent amount of the promotional art - stuff they post on the website or game client that you only see briefly before the sets are released, its nice to have them on display here. My only other complaint is that on each page, the artist is attributed to their piece, however the card name is not listed. Not a big deal, but would be cool for reference purposes - maybe something to consider in later versions down the line.
Overall, its an awesome book. I love the Blizzard art style and ive been a huge hearthstone fan since the game was released. Its wondeful to see the cards close up and as an artists its a great way to study the finer details and methods. Although it could use a little fine tuning, i would highly recommend this book, you wont be dissapointed! I hope they release more hearthstone art books in the future!
Except of that its a pretty solid thing. Was really excited to finally recieve it after placing order in 2017. Great printing and stuff. Several «vellum-like» pages with pencil drawings.
If you are buying it as a present, check-up its faultiness.