Gathering Steve Argyle's Magic

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #197
War of Honor Matsu Fumiyo, card # 43/127
This is the first of eight cards illustrated by Steve Argyle in the  Legend of the Five Rings multi-player, alternate-play-style factory set, War of Honor, released in June 2011.  The set was comprised of four sealed clan decks as well as unique game play elements specific to this game.  The cards are all “bugged” differently depending on their legality at the time.  Some cards were legal in Celestial Arc, the current tournament format at the time this product was released, but others were not.  Some are of course legal in older formats where those cards already exist.  Some are unique to this release and do not exist in any traditional L5R set making them illegal for tournament play in all formats except War of Honor.
All cards from this release are of fixed rarity and are non-foil only.
This card is a reprint.  For more information see my post about the original printing.
Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #197

War of Honor Matsu Fumiyo, card # 43/127

This is the first of eight cards illustrated by Steve Argyle in the Legend of the Five Rings multi-player, alternate-play-style factory set, War of Honor, released in June 2011.  The set was comprised of four sealed clan decks as well as unique game play elements specific to this game.  The cards are all “bugged” differently depending on their legality at the time.  Some cards were legal in Celestial Arc, the current tournament format at the time this product was released, but others were not.  Some are of course legal in older formats where those cards already exist.  Some are unique to this release and do not exist in any traditional L5R set making them illegal for tournament play in all formats except War of Honor.

All cards from this release are of fixed rarity and are non-foil only.

This card is a reprint.  For more information see my post about the original printing.

Steve Argyle - Chandra Ablaze and Chandra’s Phoenix as animated in the preview trailer for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

Steve Argyle - Chandra Ablaze and Chandra’s Phoenix as animated in the preview trailer for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

Steve Argyle - “…Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes” by Wizard - cover art
This album was released on March 25, 2011.
This artwork was commissioned from Steve at a time when he actually had room in his schedule for such things.

Steve Argyle - “…Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes” by Wizard - cover art

This album was released on March 25, 2011.

This artwork was commissioned from Steve at a time when he actually had room in his schedule for such things.

Steve Argyle - Legends of Norrath release - #16

Travelers - Lady Vox (Queen of Permafrost Keep) , card # 8R97

This illustration is from the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) online collectable card game, based on the game EverQuest, Legends of Norrath.  This card is a promo from the seventh expansion set for the game, Travelers, which released on October 13, 2009.  There are no physical copies of cards from this game.

Steve sent me some high resolution images of most of his Legends of Norrath artwork, as many of it has not previously been made available on the internet.  As per Steve’s request, this image is reduced from the full resolution file I was given.

Steve Argyle - Legends of Norrath release - #13

Storm Break - Shield of the Magi , card # 7U41

This illustration is from the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) online collectable card game, based on the game EverQuest, Legends of Norrath.  This card is a promo from the sixth expansion set for the game, Storm Break, which released on July 9, 2009.  There are no physical copies of cards from this game.

Steve sent me some high resolution images of most of his Legends of Norrath artwork, as many of it has not previously been made available on the internet.  As per Steve’s request, this image is reduced from the full resolution file I was given.

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #196

Paneki’s Disgrace promo

This is a promo legal in the Celestial Arc.  The first availability of this promo is a difficult research topic.  First of all the copyright line on the card states November 1, 2010 and has a set notation “TPW.”  The initials “TPW” translate to “The Plague War.”  This is the name of an L5R expansion released March 31, 2010, which this card is not included in.  It is also the name of one of the events of the 2010 Kotei tournaments, which would be appropriate when combined with the copyright date.

The earliest known existence of the card was discussed in a message board post from June 2, 2010, just after the release of the The Plague War set.  Someone claimed that this card, as well as a huge amount of other as-yet-unreleased promos, were discovered in a mispacked Lion Clan theme deck from “the new set.”

Speculation at the time was that the promo was intended for reveal at GenCon 2010, but I have not found any supporting information of that… nor of it being distributed at Kotei events however.

On March 24, 2011 the card was reported as included in the “Cards for Koku” redemption program.  I have chosen this as the availability date and numbered it as such in Steve’s portfolio as it was the point where the card had confirmed, common availability.

Steve included the artwork in his Legend of the Five Rings archive on August 25, 2010.

Steve notes that the mask is that of Bayushi Shoju, who was horribly disfigured and never seen without one… although the character lore indicates he wore many, never the same one twice.

This personality card is unaligned, but Paneki was a Scorpion Clan personality before this undead state, hence the dead scorpions in the background, which is a meaningful detail for players of that clan.

The major element of this artwork is Paneki’s plagued, deteriorating skin. I wish I could find a higher resolution version of the art to get a better look at it.

Steve Argyle - Illustration for “Racial Ability Bonuses” from Dragon Magazine - Issue #397 - Published March 1, 2011
Originally from Players Handbook 2 from March 2009, entitled “Worms That Eat Dungeoneers.”

Steve Argyle - Illustration for “Racial Ability Bonuses” from Dragon Magazine - Issue #397 - Published March 1, 2011

Originally from Players Handbook 2 from March 2009, entitled “Worms That Eat Dungeoneers.”

wristmilk:

black-hole-gaming:

Posting these for my Bud Justin :) as per your request, I found the few cards I have in the game that are done by Steve Argyle.  Feel free to re-post!

Now I just need people who play this game to get me pictures of the cards for Khati Sha and Aggressive Advance and I’ll be done with LoN!

wristmilk:

black-hole-gaming:

Posting these for my Bud Justin :) as per your request, I found the few cards I have in the game that are done by Steve Argyle.  Feel free to re-post!

Now I just need people who play this game to get me pictures of the cards for Khati Sha and Aggressive Advance and I’ll be done with LoN!

ascendedminionproject:

Happy Easter!

ascendedminionproject:

Happy Easter!

counting ‘em up…

I have an intense spreadsheet filled with dates, notes, links, names, etc… of everything I know about Steve’s work.  It is the most comprehensive detailing of Steve’s art career in existence.  I just spent the last two hours filling it with flags that indicate the first known appearance of every piece of his art I have confirmed publication for (which is not all of the work I have documented.)  I just wanted to know what kind of number I was looking at for total work.  As far as I know every piece of art he did for Magic, L5R, D&D, Warlord, and Star Wars are accounted for as well as most of Legends of Norrath work.  There’s also incidental pieces all over the place like work he did for his father’s medical software, his brother Mark’s game publications, Matha Wells’ novel cover arts, album covers, one-offs for magazines, and the list just goes on… and on…

I have spent so much time trying to sort out this jumble over the last few years I can’t even estimate the hours… and I still have to get all of that info up onto this blog.  (I’m up to June 2011 in his career posted so far… with only a few things I had to skip due to lack of information.)

The number I got was 422… and that rough number is low thanks to questions like… what is Imperivm anyhow?  and how do I find out if and when it was published?