So I got the front cover done. Haven't done the back or spine yet. I'm going with the traditional look for the most part. I feel absolutely no need to innovate on cover layouts. I like the traditional look, it lets you know exactly what system you're targeting. There should be no confusion about what system this is for...
I keep planning on working more on the deeper levels. Then I keep realizing I've got deadlines on this thing if I'm going to get it ready for GenCon. Fortunately for me, my players refuse to head in any of the directions that lead to one of the 4 ways to the deeper levels. It'll only last so long though, so I'm making a concerted push to get this thing published and out of the way.
If anyone is wondering "is it a lot of work to get a book published," the answer is an unqualified "yes." Starting with a project less than 90 pages might have been a good idea for a first effort... live and learn!
Here's the cover, click for a larger view: