Fantasy Flight Games is a leading hobby game company based out of Roseville, Minnesota that has published games including Legend of the Five Rings, Arkham Horror, Android and KeyForge. They also have licenses for franchises including The Lord of Rings, Star Wars, and A Game of Thrones. The company received some recent attention when reddit user Asmor shared an illustration by the freelance illustrator Aurore Folny that she did for a card in the Arkham Horror Living Card Game mythos pack "Heart of the Elders." The year old illustration was for the card called "Olive McBride" and the Folny's caption for it included the fact that "when an employee works at FFG for 5 years, they get their likeness painted into a piece of art for on of their game." What other FFG employees can be found in the artwork of their various games? Here's a list of five that I have found!
Molly Glover as Olive McBride in Arkham Horror LCG
Molly Glover is a Game Producer and Developer at Fantasy Flight Games and was the co-designer of the board game Battle for Rokugan. She has also worked on board games such as Star Wars: Rebellion–Rise of the Empire, Fallout, Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne–The Wars to Come, and the Grave Consequences expansion for Elder Sign. She commented on the reddit post sharing the illustration for the Arkham Horror card "Olive McBride" saying:"Ha ha, that's me! My favorite part of this piece is that I have 6 total tattoos on my wrists and forearms, but it wasn't super common for women to have tattoos in the 20s, so I asked them to make it look like I'd carved the symbols into my arms as part of the dread ritual. Fun fact: McBride is my maiden name and Olive was my character's name when I performed at the MN Renaissance Festival."
The art is by Aurore Folny.
Kevin Wilson as Whizzard in Android: Netrunner
Kevin Wilson is a game designer and game component developer who received a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked on games including A Game of Thrones (First Edition), Descent: Journeys in the Dark, Arkham Horror, Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game. The card's page on Android Universe fan wiki includes the fact that "The name "Whizzard" is taken from Kevin Wilson's late 80s/early 90s online handle, under which he published several text-adventures and founded an ongoing text-adventure competition."
The art is by Matt Zeilinger.
Caleb Grace as Thaloin in Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Caleb Grace is the current lead developer of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Along with the core set, the card game has seven deluxe expansions, eight saga expansions, and nine standalone scenarios. Comment by reddit user ilazul reads:
"For the LOTR LCG Thalion is Caleb's.He worked on the card for a long time and was super excited when it finally came out. I used to playtest for the game and it was really cool seeing the card come to fruition."
The art is by Aleksander Karcz.
Brad Andres as Quixo the "Adventurer" in KeyForge
Brad Andres is Lead Developer of KeyForge and has been involved in the development of games such as Call of Cthulhu and Warhammer Invasion. The illustration for the card is actually his current Twitter profile picture (as of writing this).
The art is by David Auden Nash.
Damon Stone as Mason Bellamy in Android: Netrunner
Damon Stone was the lead designer for Android: Netrunner and has worked on games such as Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game and A Game of Thrones: LCG. One comment on the card's page on the Netrunner Data Base website shares that: "Damon Stone said in a podcast interview that this was the card through which he inserted himself into the game, since Damon and Bellamy both mean "friend" and masons work with stone."
The art is by Matt Zeilinger.
Immortalized in the Games They Love
How cool is it to be put into the game you worked on? Other companies can be seen giving perks to employees who continue to work for years. Apparently at Blizzard, employees recieve a sword for five years, a shield for ten years, and a ring for fifteen years. Weapons sound cool, but I for one would love for my likeness to be put into a game I love playing (as long as I look cool). Keep your eyes out for more FFG employees showing up in their future games and expansions.