References for CotD’s game world
We’ve read them all. All the Books, Fan-sites and Wikipedia articles about Pier, the 16th century, weapons and so on. But none of those were able to give us a good picture of what the world of Medieval Frisia actually looked like. Fortunately, we found ‘de Tresoor van Jacob Jansz Poortvliet‘, a tremendous book drawn by famous Dutch illustrator Rien Poortvliet. Poortvliet became famous in the Netherlands because the drawings he made for his stories on The World of David the Gnome, a series of childrens’ books from the 80’s.
De Tresoor depects everyday life from Medieval holland in minute details. Everything from clothing to furniture to means of travel and even architecture is described by form and function using a style that is characteristic to Poortvliet. We have used the drawings as the basis for the form or our own game world, adding our own visual style to the mix. We can wholeheartedly recommend purchasing de Tresoor to anyone who is interested in the Dutch way of life during the 15th and 16th century.