We can now confirm that Dan Smith, also known by his artistic signature, "Smif" will be joining the Relics art team.
Dan Smith has been producing art for the game industry for over twenty years and is one of the most striking and exciting artists in the field. What's more, Dan was a huge part of the unique look of the game In Nomine, from Steve Jackson Games. Ever since we announced Relics, people have of course brought up In Nomine. Surprisingly, angel and demon games are quite rare in roleplaying canon, and In Nomine and its French antecedents stand alone in their exciting take on the subject matter and their unique sense of humour and whimsy. We cannot ever claim Relics would replace or succeed in In Nomine's legacy, but we do hope to capture some of its amazing quality and stature. In Nomine was a huge influence on Relics, and much of what we loved about that game is reflected in ours.
In fact, it's true to say that without In Nomine, there would be no Relics. I've been interested in angels all my life, but In Nomine was a big part of what kicked my passion into high gear. Especially the art by Dan. The picture above (of an angel that of a band the game calls the Elohim) caught my eye so much I had it on my wall. And I copied the fashion. I had a white linen suit I called my angel outfit.
So to have Dan Smith come onto Relics feels like a fever dream. It feels like recognition that we are a worthy successor to In Nomine, and have a connection to it, a continuation of its legacy. We are so proud and excited Dan is joining us and can't wait to show you some of his art for us as we approach the Kickstarter.