Brian Hurtt

The Inner Circle

My pal and co-creator of The Sixth Gun, Brian Hurtt, may kill me for posting this.

Brian is one of those guys that, no matter how awesome he is, he always thinks he can do better. And–yeah–he’s grown a lot as an artist in the 17 years since he did this work, but it’s still pretty great stuff! When I uncovered the artwork in some old files, I just knew I had to share.

This was technically my first collaboration with Brian… not in comics… but in board games.

Years ago, small group of people, including myself, decided to put together a horror-themed board game called The Inner Circle. I believe we called ourselves “Thieves Guild Games.” The game itself was a lot like Arkham Horror, I guess, with each player taking the role of a character (vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and other supernatural types) and moving around the game board (which looked like a city), collecting cards, and  trying to reach the Inner Circle to accomplish some individual goal. We had the rules figured out, the characters created, and we just needed artwork. Brian was among the small group of artists we contacted to bring the game to life.

He was tasked with creating artwork for game cards with names like “Ankh” and “Shaman” and “Directive From Below” and “Blood-Sucking Lawyer.” Below are just a few of the pieces he did. I have some of the artwork that others contributed, too, but I don’t know how to reach any of the artists. Brian’s the only one who stuck with me after all this time.

Sometimes I think that if the game had been in development now, during the age of Kickstarter, it might have actually reached publication. Alas, it’s now just another one of those things that might have been, having fallen victim to lack of funding, inter-personal drama, and other idea killers.

Still, a fun walk down memory lane. Hope you enjoy.

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Posted by cullenbunn on January 04, 2012  /   Posted in Slave to Nostalgia
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