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Game Books Featuring Full Color, Inside and Out
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Notwithstanding whether or not a given rpg (or supplement) is actually fun to play, it would be nice to have a list of books featuring full color eye candy, not only on the cover but also inside. I suppose books that include a significant number of colored plates would count as well.

I'll start with just the ones I know and admire.
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26. RPG Item: Spycraft Roleplaying Game [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1546]
Chad Bowser
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The 2nd edition book added full color images. I think that's a shame. The artwork now looks much more "cartoony" than the black & white images in the first edition line. Maybe that's the over-the-top look the designers were looking for, but it didn't do anything for me.
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27. RPG Item: Feng Shui [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:175]
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The original edition from Daedalus Games was absolutely brilliant-- slightly oversized, great glossy paper and full color interior illustrations. I lost my copy of that which I highly regrets as it was one of those brilliant works that is simply fun to flip through. Atlas later republished the game, but with completely black and white interiors. Clearly some of the artwork didn't translate well over to having the color washed out and they replaced it with illustrations of a lower quality-- really disappointing.
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28. RPG Item: Weapons of the Gods [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5984]
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Lovely interiors, kind of crazy graphic design, and lots of color throughout-- including some of the text markings which can make for a crazy read. Probably my favorite game that'll I'll never play simply because the system is really insane and opaque. I've read a lot of game systems over the years and I think this may be the one least friendly to getting a sense of how the game play, let alone how to make a character. Still a really beautiful product and worth it as a resource of wushu style games.
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29. RPG Item: Anima: Beyond Fantasy RPG [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:4170]
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For something like two years before they put this out in the States, we saw various art previews, including links to artist sites. I bought into the hype...which then somewhat tapered out as Fantasy Flight only infrequently mentioned they were going forward with it. Then we got some of the board game supplements which borrowed all of the art and looked great and I was excited again. When they finally launched it, they hardly mentioned it on their web site-- it just showed up at Gen Con. I ordered it through my FLGS and took it home-- loads of great pictures, images, full color art...and little or no coherency to the design elements between things in the art-- like a weird mash up where they just took every interesting picture they could find. Still, really pretty, really nice to look at and wonderfully produced.

Then I read the rules. Ugh. Awful. Huge disappointment.

But it is pretty...
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30. RPG Item: The Star Wars Roleplaying Game - Revised Edition [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:48]
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The final WEG D6 version was full colour. Although I think it's actually the worst looking of all the D6 rulebooks.
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31. RPG Item: Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Revised Core Rulebook [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:605]
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The WOTC D20 foray into the Star Wars Universe is pretty good looking and a resonable system t' boot.
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32. RPG Item: Qin: The Warring States [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:669]
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Another book featuring full color interiors printed on heavy glossy paper. Between its blood red covers, the lush landscapes of iconic wuxia cinema come to life. Gorgeous.

I only wish Cubicle7 would lend this kind of "material" support to their 'Victoriana' line, which is equally deserving of such high production values.
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33. RPG Item: Cadwallon Players Handbook [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5782]
Josh Jenkins
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Henderson
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Full color all the way through and probably the most beautiful RPG book I've ever beheld. (The Hogshead release of Nobilis is up there, too, but it's black and white).

Cadwallon is the RPG that explores the world of Rackham's Confrontation miniatures game, and while neither its text nor its mechanics translate over from the French smoothly, the art alone makes it worthy of being a coffee table book.

I have an extra copy of this hard to find beauty for sale/trade if anybody wants to see for themselves

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34. RPG Item: Freemarket (Beta) [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Lots of color. Odd size. Cartoony graphics.
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35. RPG Item: Glorantha: The Second Age [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:4243]
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An rpg line like this deserves a handsome, if not full color, treatment.
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36. RPG Item: Oathbound: Domains of the Forge [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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Some of the artwork isn't quite to my taste. Too many highly stylized depictions of humanoids for my personal preference, but it is full color.
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37. RPG Item: Friends & Familiars [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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The artwork is very nice throughout, and in full color.
 
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38. RPG Item: Book of Vile Darkness [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1863]
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Even though I found the content pretty tame (actually sort of lame), the artwork is full color. And, most of it is very nice fantasy art in the classic Elmore vein.
 
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39. RPG: Serenity Role Playing Game [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:292]
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Full colour with shots from the film
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40. RPG Item: Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:71]
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Small, but mighty. To be fair, most--if not all--of the color artwork within the SWEX rulebook is taken from previously published SW titles. Nevertheless, there is something nice about an inexpensive digest-sized rulebook that packs glossy full color artwork.
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41. RPG Item: Necessary Evil Explorer's Edition [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:494]
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Ditto above, except unfortunately this digest-sized book will run you $20, not $9.

But kudos to Pinnacle for offering a new edition with *new* color artwork.
 
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42. RPG Item: Fantasy Companion Explorer's Edition [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1362]
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Latest digest-sized offering from Pinnacle Entertainment's Savage Worlds rpg line, featuring full color.
 
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43. RPG Item: The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game, Volume 1: Your Story [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:22]
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Can't say I'm a fan of the fiction, but I clearly see the appeal of the game's core rulebook.
 
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44. RPG Item: The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game, Volume 2: Our World [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:79]
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...And volume 2 as well.
 
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45. RPG Item: Blood & Honor [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:786]
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The PDF and the limited edition are both full color.

I got the PDF... $5... and it looks great on my B&W Sony PRS-600, as well as on my laptop screen.

Need to do a screen cap to show the color, tho'...
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46. RPG Item: La Llamada de Cthulhu (EdiciĆ³n primigenia) [Average Rating:9.51 Overall Rank:118]
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The Spanish 6th edition for Call of Cthulhu is a full-colour book where every page is a masterpiece of design and full of pictures.

A collector's item
 
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