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Viktor’s Tavern of Pugilism & Mates Speed Art!

Located deep in the warehouse district of Enixam, Viktor’s Tavern of Pugilism caters to the burgeoning brawling entertainment trade. Unlike most venues this rowdy house of violent excess hosts all races, and often, as in this case, the main event is not one to miss and brewing with tension: a half-elf against. a drow!

Viktor’s Tavern of Puglism also serves beer from all across Aventyr, paired with an aggressively varied appetizer menu. Viktor’s—the best fights, the best beers, the best food in all of Enixam!

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One of our favorite artists, Mates Laurentiu, did up a steam mephit for A24: Return to the Crypt of the Sunlord (available now for subscribers but coming to PDF soon)!
Moreover, he recorded the whole process and put it into an amazing speed art video—check it out!

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Featured Artists: Mates Laurentiu

Mates Laurentiu was born in a small Romanian town not far from the Carpathian mountains. Self trained and dedicated to the life of an artist at a very young age, Mates has worked on a wide array of products from personal portraits for individuals to cover art appearing on many popular roleplaying game books. Most recently he was recruited by AAW Games & as the lead artist on both the epic Rise of the Drow tome and the fantastical tale of Snow White.

Mates shows his work here moving from sketch to basic colors and finally layered colors with details and shading.
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It’s great fun to be on the receiving end of these amazing works of art as they roll into my email each day.
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I think my favorite part of writing and working on a roleplaying game book is seeing the art and especially the artist’s interpretation of our art requests. Sometimes we have to request changes but when it comes to Mates he’s usually spot on with his creative intuition and we’re able to use his final draft straight out of the gates.

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The work Mates did on the Pure Steam campaign setting (for ICOSA Entertainment) was also very high quality and reminded me how versatile he is, moving from medieval landscapes and architecture into futuristic or advanced technology with ease. In 2015 we plan on expanding the Aventyr Campaign Setting and releasing many new adventures—Mates will be the lead artist and cover artist on many of these products so keep your eyes peeled! If you would like to see your favorite RPG character fleshed out YOU can recruit Mates via his website to draw your PC (his rates vary depending upon if you want B&W, color, and/or background).

Keep your eye on Mates, I predict that he’ll be moving over to Paizo or another large publisher within the next few years and I wish him the absolute best!

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