So, Tom DeSanto, most known for his producer credits in the Transformers movies has struck a deal with the estate of Gary Gygax and is now the "guardian of the library." I'm not sure what that exactly means but what is cool is the idea of the Gygaxian Universe being made available to a larger audience. Tabletop role-playing has been a niche kind of hobby for a long time, pretty much since its early days and really even today. But now you've got all these people who played since they were kids and some of these people have real, long-reaching sway in the world of entertainment. I agree with the article that Gygax is one of those names like Roddenberry or Lucas. Gygax is responsible for influencing and inspiring a ton of designers, artists, writers, gamers, and creative types. I regard him as my main creative influence. Here's the article in its entirety. Regardless of what happens, these are interesting times.
Over the weekend I spent a good deal of time looking for resources on figure sculpting. This all got derailed when I started watching Lego videos and looking at minifigs. I am attributing all of this to research as I need some ideas on how to simplify sculpts for 25-30mm FAL characters. Anyway. I have put together a bunch of Lego stuff below. Watching and looking at this kind of stuff inspires me. Maybe it will work on others as well...
First up is Brick Dictators videos of brick awesomeness. I have posted one below. These are really fantastic and worth the time.
Alright. Now, I've known about BrikWars for years. I have played several times and found it to be a really fun minis game, especially with several players in the fray. I'm sure there are other Lego tabletop wargames out there but BrikWars is by far the best I have come across. However, for a lot of folks, Lego is fairly expensive. You could use some second rate knockoff brand of bricks but for the purest out there, only Lego will suffice. Or is that really the case?
I posted about Kre-O bricks several months back. Originally I had gone to the local Dollar General to pick up some cleaning supplies when low and behold I discovered KRE-O Dungeons and Dragons bricks. These suckers are every bit as good as Lego in my opinion. The boxes are jammed with bircks and minifigs and totally worth the purchase. On top of that the minifigs come with an assortment of armor and awesome weapons. Just look...
And they make GI Joes as well...
Finally, some castles...
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Chapter 4 in the continuing saga of the Red Wizard is now up and available over on our Patreon page! Every month we drop a few chapters for backers as we explore Far Away Land. Join us... if you Dare!
Part 3 of the story of the Red Wizard and the Linkon is up on Patreon. This story explores the story of the Red Wizard Lagremel and how the Linkon came to be in Far Away Land. We are close to our $20 goal at which time we will begin to record audio versions of each chapter. Also, I will posting a new Let's Draw video to Patreon this week. Hope you will join us!
So, I recently joined a Spelljammer (I love Spelljammer and its total weirdness) group on FB and I was scrolling through the posts and I find this post featuring the band Stary Olsa, who apparently remake contemporary music with medieval instruments. In the videos they even dress the part. I’ve never heard of Stary Olsa as my musical tastes remain basically unchanged for the last 25 years (I know that sounds closed-minded, because it is). After listening to a couple songs I kept imagining I was in a tavern and this group was playing and how adventure was just outside the door. Then I thought about how we use music in our gaming group to set ambience and background. Not only can music create a more visual scene, it can add an element of drama, humor, or sadness (which is rare in our group) to what is taking place around the PCs. It also adds that extra layer to the gaming memory – which I really love.
Recently we had an adventure where we went into a bar and we had to fight a drunken dwarf werebear (I think it was a werebear). Meanwhile, the bar’s music is Richard Cheese. The music was perfect for the scene because the bar is rowdy and full of drunks and our PCs are in the middle, in this freaking thunderdome-like arena fighting a werebear naked dwarf. Add in the Cheese version of Gin and Juice and you have a hilarious scene unfold. I enjoyed it thoroughly and here’s why…
I told my GM the other day that I remember our gaming sessions as visual scenes of the PCs doing stuff, not as dice rolls (unless it was a great/really bad dice roll) or rules or really even as the players making decisions. I remember things cinematically and I'm guessing most people do. Our d20 GM is really good at creating a visual scene and mapping out the ambiance of the place where shit’s going down. The reason I really like music in a game is because it adds that extra cinematic element to the scene. No longer do I simply have the visual/dialogue element of the scene but I also have a soundtrack to accompany the whole thing. I’m sure too much music or the wrong kind of music or too loud of music could ruin game play, but that is a pretty easy fix.
If you haven’t heard of Stary Olsa or Richard Cheese, check out the videos below, they are totally worth it.
Also, if you use music/effects in your games, I’d like to hear about it.
For the next month or so I am devoting the majority of my work to completing the Far Away Land Creatures Vol. 2. It's been too long without an FAL release and I figured it was time. There are several books in the works but I am not rushing things. The only deadlines are the ones I create and I hate to pump out a product that is less than it could be. The hope was that Adventures in the Materiosphere would be finished this fall. It is finished but I don't like. My biggest problem with it is the space ships - they are just space ships like all space rpgs have. A lot of the book is unique to FAL and I want the way space travel works and the way starships interact to be part of that uniqueness. Right now it's not and the book won't be released until I like it. It needs more portals.
All that being said, Creatures Vol. 2 will be out this fall. Here's what it has to offer.
This will probably be released though a Kickstarter as those projects let us get some good advertising.
The macabre story of the headmen continues... If you would like to read more stories like this, check out our brand new Far Away Land Patreon project here.
The Far Away Land Stories Patreon has begun! Every month we will release two or three stories dealing with characters and events in Far Away Land. Each story is four to eight pages with two or three full-color illustrations accompanying the text. Backer levels are cheap cheap cheap (starting at a buck and going up to 3). Check out the sample story below to get an idea of what we are offering.
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