#RPG – Zelart Scholarship winner for 2014!

Here is the winner of the 2014 Darkzel Scholarship.

His name is Josh Martin and more of his work can be found on his DeviantArt page.

You can buy this piece on RPGNOW and the money from it – and everything else in the ZelArt category, will go to supporting the scholarship next year. Thank you to the backers on IndieGoGo for helping boost the fund this year!

Buy it HERE.

#Gor – Update and Sketches

Since it has been so long since the last update, have some sketches of art.

We are a bit behind due to my illness and a couple of other factors, but I’m working hard to try and make sure the slippage doesn’t go too far.

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#RPG Badgerpod Nerdcast: ‘Edgy’ Game Design

I don’t actually see myself as ‘edgy’ (that’s a joke, made by trolls and goons, at my expense), but it should be a fun chat. Send ‘em questions and things if you want. I’ll do my best to answer as honestly and coherently as I can for 2am.

 

#Gor – The Elaine O’Hara Murder

B5XSn1iCYAEk_d_Tragically, in what is going to be a sensationalist story for the press, Elaine O’Hara, a vulnerable woman with mental health issues was killed in Ireland in 2012. With the trial under way details are now emerging and amongst those details it has become clear that she was involved in the Gorean lifestyle and such salacious detail is bound to grab media attention and draw a sneering eye to the BDSM community in general and Gorean lifestylers and roleplayers in particular.

I have it on good authority that this woman was known to be vulnerable and the actual BDSM community had been acting responsibly in relation to her. Unfortunately that appears to be part of the reason she ended up in trouble, looking beyond the community to be fulfilled and falling afoul of someone unhinged.

This is, of course, nothing to do with the Gorean or BDSM communities, there are psychos everywhere and they’re no more likely to turn up in relation to kink than anything else. Indeed some studies suggest that kinksters are more stable psychologically than those who are not.

Needless to say, I take the side of the Gorean and kink communities in the face of another shitstorm.

Mental health issues are also hugely important to me and it’s clear that this poor woman wasn’t getting all the help she needed. I would take this opportunity to appeal to everyone to support mental health provision and the extension of nationalised healthcare, in every country, to provide more mental healthcare.

My thoughts are with Ms O’Hara’s family at this difficult time and I hope people will not fixate too much on salacious detail or use this trial to attack kinksters.

 

#RPG Artist Scholarship – 5 Days Left!

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This could be you.

The Darkzel Scholarship ends in five days.

I’d like to raise a little more money.

I’d like to see young artists entering their work for consideration.

I’d Like to Donate#
Go HERE and do so, or you can donate via the paypal link on this page, to the right.

Alternatively, if you have no money, you can donate art as stoc art,which will be sold to raise funds each year to go into the pot for the scholarship.

Otherwise you can PLEASE help by passing on word about the scholarship.

Donations will be accepted for the next five days, art can be donated at any time.

I’d like to Enter

If you’re an art student at high school, college or university with an interest in science fiction, fantasy, horror or other genre fiction you can enter by sending a high quality (300 dpi) image of the work you’re submitting to grim@postmort.demon.co.uk

Entries are open until the end of February. You stand to get somewhere over $500 and your work will potentially see a lot of use in RPG products and be seen by a lot of people who might want to employ you in the future.

#RPG Fistful of Modern: 1 – RELEASED

BUY IT HERE

From the author of the ‘100’ series of Adventure Seeds books, a new, shorter form source of inspiration for Games Masters. They might be adventures, non-player-characters, monsters, places… all ready to be dropped into your campaign, regardless of system.

In this booklet:

Drive, He Said: A pair of ‘fast and furious’, car-oriented gangsters to drop into your modern or crime games.

Flirty Fishing: Sex sells and can even be used to sell religion. Cults know this and will use this most obvious human failing to their advantage.

Fat on Bread: The cops are just another gang to the people on the street, but who is really running the show amongst the bent cops?

Meth Hunters: The days of driving really fast in an old muscle car to escape the law are gone. So are the days of moonshine. These days its meth and guns – and rednecks know guns better’n Cooter knows engines.

Hero Cop: Hero, vigilante, gun-wielding psychopath, all three? The hero cop can be an ally or an enemy – or both.

#RPG Fistful of Horror 2 RELEASED!

Buy it HERE

From the author of the ‘100’ series of Adventure Seeds books, a new, shorter form source of inspiration for Games Masters. They might be adventures, non-player-characters, monsters, places… all ready to be dropped into your campaign, regardless of system.

In this booklet:

Head and Heart: There are more kinds of ‘vampire’ than the sparkly kind and some are truly bizarre and disgusting.

Small Town America: Ghost towns may be haunted, but it’s not always by ghosts. Isolation can make people crazy and town pride can get out of control.

Burn Baby Burn: Its not always the vampires that are the predators or humans the prey. Challenging the status quo is dangerous for any man – alive or not.

Stitched Up: Taxidermy, especially the strange and creative side, is a dying art. Here’s why.

Wandering Souls: What lengths would you go to for companionship if you were the only one of your kind in existence?