#MayRPGQ2018 What are game themes you enjoy?

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I tend to enjoy darker themes in my games, primal themes, moral themes, ethical dilemmas and the sort of layered plots that have ‘Aha!’ moments where the players finally piece everything together. I like to bring some horror elements into other games, emotional and relationship entanglements, investment and betrayal…

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#RPG #TTRPG #My30dayWorld – Are the Lands Cartographed? Where are the Boundaries?

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This is the last entry in this monthly challenge, so I’m not paywalling it. We’ve mapped out the basics of the world and have some idea of the rules. Eventually, I’ll get around to turning them into an actual book! As regards this question though… I think short of roughly mapping the world and – perhaps – ‘hex crawling’ a section of the world as a starting area, I’d like to leave things rather vague. Talk of distant nations and lands without anyone being truly, entirely, sure of what is out there. A less defined world leaves far more room for Games Masters to add their own material and leaves room free for supplements and definition as good ideas occur.

Some things will be defined of course, and those have already been covered, while the ‘bottom page text’ – as with Machinations of the Space Princess, will contain plenty of rumours and story seeds.

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#WeirdHookMonth – Gluttony

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Karakala is known for garlic, cleanliness, health and sausages. There’s just one blot on their record, the Olemerick festival. Contestants must eat as much sausage as possible. The losers disappear in the mysterious black ooze beneath the town, the winners showered with wealth.

Suggested Systems

D&D, Retroclones, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

#My30dayWorld #RPG – What Prominent Fantastical Bodies of Water are there?

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For the most part particular seas and oceans are not fantastical per se, but rather locations within them are. Given some of my inspiration is going to be taken from pre-christian European mythology, wells, ponds and lakes are more likely to be individually magical and to be the dwelling places of fantastical creatures. Locations in seas or things that live within them may be fantastical, but as to magical bodies of water themselves? Not so much…

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#RPG – #My30dayWorld – Who is the most Renowned Hero in Your World?

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I’m not really very fond of having powerful, self-insert characters in heroic worlds or games. They tend to ‘Mary-Sue’ it up and to ride roughshod over the actions and impact of the players. Carrying things over from your home campaigns can descend into ‘in jokes’ rather easily, or become obscure and opaque to anyone who doesn’t personally know you…

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#RPG – SSS&S – What is the name of your world? Why is it called this?

590f2ed87a10363f0b3d66fe477a244d.pngI want to evoke the ancient, the old and the bloodier, more raw, pre-Christian mythology that I want within the setting of the game. In other fantasy games I have written I have played around with languages, mixing and matching from different roots and etymologies to find interesting sounding and plausible names and terms. In Cloak of Steel, for example, I use the name ‘Tierplana’ to describe the flat, rectangular world upon which that game is set. For the terminology of other things in that world I translated the term across languages with different roots and mixed and matched to create interesting words…

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#RPG #Art Darkzel Art Scholarship 2016-17 Open for Donations

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Darkzel (Zachary) was an artist who worked for me over a number of years, providing art for Hentacle, Cthentacle, Blood! and a number of other projects as well as working with me on a comic project and discussing work on other, potential multimedia projects in the future.

Zel provided me with art and in return I got to see a young, talented and very promising artist grow in confidence, flexibility and skill. I got to help pay his way through his education and I got to become his friend in the process, as well as paying for some wonderful art along the way.

Zel was tragically killed while working as an English teacher in Korea, cutting short a life and a very promising career.

I’ve always enjoyed being able to help young artists by offering them work, and after what happened with Zel I decided that the best thing to do in order to honour his memory and our friendship was to set up a scholarship fund for other promising young artists.

Young fantasy, comic, anime and science fiction artists face an uphill struggle. The artistic establishment is often not equipped to understand and encourage them and art is often seen as a wasted education by parents and others. Art supplies are expensive and support can also be hard to find.

My intention is to help provide for these students, or other artists in need of help, and to create a self-perpetuating scholarship fund that builds over time.

Each year I invite donations to the fund. These donations go on top of the existing money raised over the past year from ongoing sales of Zel’s art, and of sales of donated art to support the fundraising effort as well as art from those who win the scholarship each year. Over time this will create a collection of art by talented young artists and kind donors, providing them with exposure and money, and contributing to the fund for artists in the following years.

You can help by donating money here, donating art, and by spreading the word to budding young artists in school, college or university, or artists who are in need for other reasons – unemployment, disability, mental health etc.

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