Back in 2005, I was asked by QuickLink Interactive to create a number of illustrations and cover artwork for the upcoming D20 version of one of my all-time favorite games, 2300 AD from Game Designers’ Workshop, aka Traveller 2300.
2300 AD was one of my favorite sci-fi settings in that it reflected a universe and tech-level that was not too far removed from current technology. Definitely futuristic, but without antigravity or “ray guns”. The early version of 2300 AD had a military focus that gave it a vibe like James Cameron’s Aliens, one of my all-time favorite movies.
I had a fantastic experience collaborating with the writer for 2320 AD, Colin Dunn, on the various designs and advancements in technology, transport, weaponry that occurred over the 20 years of elapsed time in the game world.
My experiences with QuickLink Interactive however, were not so great. The publisher experienced financial problems, stopped communicating and I was never paid for my contributions even though the book went to print in 2007.
Below are some of the pieces that I created for them. While my line art was decent, my digital painting skills were pretty rudimentary back then.