The one thing that has always bothered me about the encyclopedia re-cover prop tomes I have made is that although they look like tomes of eldritch evil, they look like brand new tomes of eldritch evil. And who wants a brand new tome of eldritch evil? Everyone knows that the really old books of eldritch evil are the only ones worth having, right?
So, beginning with The Black Duke project, I started antiquing my tomes with "grime". I haven't actually done too many encyclopedia re-covers since then, but here is one that I did shortly after. It is not terribly innovative. In fact it is pretty much a copy of The Black Book of Evil, minus the straps and with weathering added. Sometimes when I'm not feeling particularly creative, but want to make something, I'll do a rip off of one of my previous designs as sort of a pallet cleanser. Quick and easy. Nothing new to figure out.
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