To summarize, the reason for wanting to change the name is the following:
- The term "B/X" is only meaningful to a very small niche of dedicated old-school players who spend their days chatting about the minutiae of different vintages of D&D online.
- I include myself in this niche, naturally, and have a great love of this scene and its inhabitants. However...
- To anyone outside of that niche (including people who play old-school games but aren't involved in the online OSR scene!), the term "B/X" is meaningless and obscure. Only the cover art really conveys what the books are.
Finally, after many months of back and forth, considering a huge number of weird and wonderful names, the final decision that I've come to is simple:
I feel this name has a really nice balance of continuity with the old name and wider appeal to people who are interested in old-school gaming but maybe haven't dipped their toes (and thus don't know what "B/X" means). And it has a nice ring to it, in its own right.
Now some picture (some with colours)!
The New Brand Logo
Firstly, here's the logo I've been playing with:
You can also see the use of a brand subtitle there, conveying a bit more info as to what this mysterious book in the hands of a hypothetical gamer is about.
I'm viewing this logo as semi-final. Final in the sense that I'm happy with it and haven't wanted to tweak it any further over the last few days. Semi- in the sense that it's not actually been printed on anything, so theoretically could still be tweaked.
Cover Mock-UpsWhile working on the logo, I played around with how it will look on the covers of the books. Here it is in place on four of the five revised books:
Note that I've not included a mock-up of the revised Core Rules cover as Andrew Walter is working on a new piece of art for that! I'll reveal that when it's ready.