After the recent announcement of Destiny Grimoire Anthology 1 a Guardian has taken to the Destiny subreddit to post their own project that was created around a similar idea.
Reddit user JoBot8000 has told the community that for a while they too were working on putting together a Destiny Grimoire anthology or sorts. Theirs was more a collection of the Grimoire with concept art, both used and unused, from Destiny 1 as well. Their project would have been over 400 pages in total when finished but they sadly stopped at 219 because it was becoming so time consuming, and would’ve taken double the time to finish.
JoBot8000 even put a link to a Google Drive where the PDF of their unfinished project is being held, which you can find here. you can see how they used the in-game Grimoire cards and concept art and put it together in a really nicely presented way that’s a joy to read through and admire. As someone who played a lot of Destiny 1 and wanted a better way than the Companion App to read these cards and the lore, this is a little bit of a dream for me.
I think the most important part of this whole project is that JoBot8000 created this project because of their love for Destiny and the universe surrounding it. These Grimoire cards were highly sought after because they explored the lore of the game in such detail, but more than that they gave us a better insight into what we were playing, giving us the satisfaction that casual players who don’t enjoy the games can’t understand.
In fact JoBot8000 created this Grimoire in an effort to improve their skills in graphic design. While they never finished the project everyone who is looking at the post, that’s dedicated players, is telling JoBot8000 that this is fantastic. Some Guardians are even going as far to say that this looks better than the book Bungie has just put up for sale, though I think that’s hard to tell right now with the book only available for pre-order, and one page visible in the images.
It’s also important to point out that without the Destiny community JoBot8000 would never have been inspired to go ahead and create this. They took inspiration from another post which highlighted DestinyLoreBooks.com. This website has made all of the lore books from the Destiny universe available for download in both PDF and eBook format, not an easy task. The obvious inspiration was to take these books and make them visually compelling, or at least make the lore a little more interesting to absorb alongside the images used to create the game.
I think this is really cool, particularly because it’s been revealed so close to the announcement of a paid-for product from Bungie. I’m not saying that Bungie shouldn’t produce a beautiful book that explores the lore just like this one does, but I am saying that this shines a light on the fact that if the community wants something they can do it themselves.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.