Last week I gave you a broad (actually, vague!) overview of what I was doing with the rules for Verge. This week I thought I would share one of the sources of inspiration for the setting. Gustave Dore (1832 – 1883) was a French artist, engraver and illustrator who illustrated a lot of books, including the works of Byron, a Bible and an illustrated guide to London. His illustrations are dark and gritty and the illustrations from the London guide are full of interesting moments and intriguing characters. It is these pictures, in particular, that have helped inspire me. The original game (in my mind, though it was less obvious in the text) was far more Revolutionary Paris than 19th Century London, but Dore’s work changed that completely. Below are a few of Dore’s illustrations that have inspired me over the last few years.