5th) Which RPG cover best captures the spirit of the game?
A surprisingly difficult question to answer, I actually had to go and look at a number of books to come up with an answer. Then I stumbled across a clear winner that somehow feels like a cheat, Tales from the Loop. It’s both for the simple reason that the game is set in a world that had been previously developed through the gorgeous artwork of Simon Stålenhag. The game builds upon the visual styles and previously published material throughout and because of this it would have been a failure if the cover hadn’t captured the spirit of the game.
On the other hand it feels like a cheat for the fact that in reality the question should be does the game capture the spirit of the art? The answer is still a yes but that wasn’t exactly the question posed. Despite liking the look of the system and enjoying reading the book I’ve yet to have a chance to play it and see how well it suits my style of gaming.
My second pick for this has to be the print on demand edition of Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors. The visual style of that cover really encapsulates the madcap comedy horror the game is going for, after all where else would you get a small group of heavily armed individuals being assaulted by demonic garden gnomes?