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Races of Eberron Cover Art Petition 
24th-Jan-2005 02:46 pm
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A Petition has been posted to fix the cover art for the Races of Eberron book.

http://www.petitiononline.com/roeca/petition.html
Comments 
25th-Jan-2005 12:42 am (UTC)
you know that these online petitions rarely and i do mean rarely work. If you really want to make an impact use the traditional mail system
25th-Jan-2005 12:58 am (UTC)
you're right
Nobody expects it to actually work, but frankly we're more likely to get somone to sign a petition then send a seperate email to custserv.

This way they get one email later on after we have a large number of signatures.

At least this way there is one unified voice. Anywho, feel free to sign or not.
25th-Jan-2005 01:04 am (UTC)
?? I'm sorry, but what exactly is wrong with the cover art (having not seen it...) I think I'll mosey on over and find out..
25th-Jan-2005 02:06 am (UTC)
You can get the jist of it from the Eberron News site i work for.

http://breland-ledger.blogspot.com/

Basically they have changed Races of Eberron from being an Eberron Book to being a Generic Races book.
25th-Jan-2005 02:18 am (UTC)
oh. That's....that's horrible! Wait... I'm sorry if I'm missing the importance of that, but... yeah. who cares?
25th-Jan-2005 02:52 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that it doesnt seem particilarly important to you. But the trade dress of a book does happen to be important to fans of the setting and collectors.

The binding of the book determines where on the shelf it goes. Additionally it determines how many copies distributors pre-order.

The art of the book labels it forever as either an Eberron Book or a Generic book.

Races of Faerun had the Forgotten Realms Trade Dress. Races of Stone and Destiny have their own seprate look. Races of Eberron should look like an Eberron book as upposed to a Generic setting book.

The petition was posted and advertised about 5 hours ago, and in that time 60 people have signed. Obviously they care. If you dont, well thats up to you.

26th-Jan-2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
I guess this is true. I just didn't see the umm..."dire situation", for current lack of a better term, that this would cause, which is usually the cause for a petition. And as it goes, at least in my area, binding, and trade dress has no bearing on shelving area in any of the book stores here, game centered stores or not.
As for arrangement in yr own home...
all in all, I was just saying it seemed like a trite reason to get worked up.
26th-Jan-2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not exactly getting worked up. But after talking to other headliners in the Eberron Fan community who wanted to make one, and couldnt, i took 15 min of my time to put one together.

Obviously it means a lot to some people. So far 225 people have signed it. Granted its not as much as the thousands the Ashlee Simpson petition has gotten, but then again, how serious is an online petition? Its not.

In the end all it really boils down too is that Marketting is looking for ways to increase their bottom line, but in the process are alienating their current consumer base (as small as that may be). Those people deserve a voice, even if its a single petition.

Nobody is getting worked up, and really, those folks who are going on on the forums screeming boycott really are getting ahead of themselves and only depriving themselves of a good book.

For all its worth its just about letting a company most of us are loyal too know that we're displeased with a choice they have made and that we would like them to change it.
25th-Jan-2005 01:44 am (UTC)
It makes sense, I guess. If Races of Faerun gets to look like a FR book, why not Races of Eberron?
25th-Jan-2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
I was glancing at the forums and read through a handful of posts and one of them stood out to me.

"If they release that as the final cover, I won't be happy. They should keep it in the same format as the Eberron books, not as the Races books. I really dont see how that cover can help boost sales."

On that same note, I don't see how it will hinder sells either. I am sure that most Ebberron players will buy the supplement regardless of the cover art.

You have some valid points in regards to shelving issues, but it seems like the majority of hobby shops and rpg stores are so small that it will be impossible to 'lose' this title on the shelves. Now at Waldenbooks or Borders that may be a different story...
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