#RPG #Art Darkzel Scholarship 2014

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The IndieGoGo section of this scholarship fundraiser can be found HERE.

Introduction

Last year I discovered that my good friend, Zachary Harris – better known to you as Darkzel – had been killed. He was in Korea, teaching English, when he was struck by a bus while crossing the road and was killed. A tragic, pointless waste of the life of a talented artist who – I believe – would have had a grand future ahead of him.

I have struggled to think of a useful and respectful way in which to honour Zel’s memory and to continue his legacy. In many ways our relationship was defined by the fact that the work I gave him helped pay him through his schooling and that we became friends as I watched him grow as an artist and a person.

Life is tough for students as a whole and art students, perhaps, in particular. All that work, often without the support of friends and family, chasing a dream that may, ultimately, never work out and never pay. Fantasy artists are being crunched quite a bit as well, work is scarce and pay hasn’t really increased – at least in analog gaming – for some ten years or so.

If in some, small way, I can help other art students to get through their schooling, even if it’s just to make sure they’re kept in ramen noodles, that strikes me as a good way to remember Zel and to continue to help others in the same situation.

The Scholarship
Every year, every December, I will announce the opening of the Darkzel Scholarship for applications. This will consist of the previous year’s takings in terms of stock art sales from Zel’s work and sales of the previous winner’s art. This will help keep the project relevant, continue to add material and continue to increase the scholarship fund and material year by year to keep it relevant.

This year’s scholarship amount will be somewhere over $150 US, which isn’t enough so I hope to raise more. Please scroll down to the bottom to see details on that. I may also crowdfund to add to the amount.

The Details

  • You will submit a piece of art at least A6 in size and at least 300 dpi, by email to grim@postmort.demon.co.uk
  • You grant permission, should you win, for this piece of art to be sold as stock art on RPGNOW.com. Money raised from these sales will go to next year’s scholarship.
  • You will include the name you wish to be credited by. The terms of use of the stockart license requires the users to credit you.
  • You will include a link to your online portfolio, deviantart page or similar.
  • You must be able to accept payment via Paypal.

FAQ
Q: Does it have to be adult art?
A: 
It doesn’t have to be adult art. Zel worked on adult projects like Hentacle and Cthentacle but he also produced stock art that wasn’t suggestive (as well as some that was). Zel also did science fiction, fantasy and horror work for me and elsewhere he did comics, adult and not, furry and not, LGBT and not. Zel did a huge amount of different stuff and you can do what you want too. Do what you love. Equally, don’t feel you have to hold back on what you draw. I prefer stuff with a bit of edge and sexiness, so that may give you an advantage.

Q: Does it have to be B&W or colour?
A: 
It doesn’t matter. Do what you prefer. Colour is more work and more impressive – often – but it is also less useful in many cases as stock art. There’s pluses and minuses to both. It’s up to you.

Q: Does it have to be anime style?
A:
Zel started out with a much more typical anime style and I think a lot of people have gotten their start this way in the last 10-20 years in the way my generation got a lot out of copying the style of superhero and sci-fi comics. His style developed over time and he’d really begun to find his own artistic voice towards the end, away from those roots. So no, you do not have to stick to a comic/anime or any other particular style. The only thing it really has to be is genre based. That is science-fiction, fantasy, horror, pulp, superhero etc.

Q: Can I make more than one submission?
A:
You can submit as many pieces of art as you want to. They will be considered as a single entry however.

Q: When will I be paid?
A:
Submissions will be accepted through December to Jamuary each year and I will try to make a decision and pay by the end of February.

Q: Do I have to be a student?
A: 
Yes. The Darkzel Scholarship is meant to help up and coming artists of the future. To give them a paying gig, help them get through school/college, soften some of the monetary pain day to day and to give them genuine exposure and the chance to have their art appear in real products and pay-it forward to others in following years. You can be an adult student though, the problems are no less when you’re juggling family, ‘real’ work and learning. People who are not students can ask for consideration on the basis of hardship, unemployment, needing money for art supplies/fear etc but the primary focus is students.

Q: Can I donate my submission for sale without winning?
A: 
Absolutely! If you want your submission to go up for sale anyway, even if you don’t win, please say so. The more art we have, the more we can earn for the next year’s scholarship. When you make your entry, please say so!

Q: How will you be judging the winner?
A: 
What I’m looking for is an ineffable quality. It is hard to define. I’m just looking for something that excites and engages, that stands out as a usable and great piece of illustration.

Q: I can’t enter, how can I help?
A:
Spread the word, tell students that you know that this is available. Talk about it on forums, tweet, facebook, G+, youtube, whatever you can do to pass it on. You can also Paypal me donations to add to the fund should you so wish. If you want to donate art anyway, to the ZelArt fund, you can do that too. Just contact me and show me the piece you want to offer and money raised from sales of that art will be added to the pot for upcoming years.

Q: Can I submit art I’ve already done or does it have to be new?
A:
I would prefer you make a piece for this, but I appreciate December can be busy what with Christmas etc. So long as the submitted piece was created and completed within the year of the competition (2014 this year) that would be OK.

Q: What happens with the image rights?
A: Anyone who wins or allows their art to be sold to aid the scholarship allows that art to be used in projects by anyone who buys the stock. Otherwise you retain all rights. You can sell prints, make T-shirts, use it in your galleries and portfolios, sell it to somebody else. Whatever you want.

Q: Zel was very supportive of his LGBT friends and community. How does that figure into this?
A: If you want to do LGBT themed art to submit, you’re more than welcome. It won’t impact at all on your chances and would be fitting.

Pulp Nova RELEASED!

A compilation of my existing pulp stories in one volume, with the added bonus of an extra story ‘One Man McCann’ – a war story of British pluck and heroism against the evils of Nazi wonder weapons, all on the eve of D-Day!

Other stories include:

Cichol’s Children: Genealogy can take one to strange places indeed as is about to be discovered. A ‘mythos’ tale in homage to HP Lovecraft.
Stain: As with hard boiled eggs, hard boiled detectives can go off as well. Stane is a washed up detective who no longer cares, the perfect patsy for a case that nobody wants.
Shanks: An English gentleman walks the dusty trails of the old west, but do not mistake a gentleman for a sissy and don’t think grit is enough to deal with an Englishman when his dander’s up.
The Black Rat: The 1970s, a time a plaid, three day weeks, power outages and only three television channels. Dark times that call for a dark vigilante who sets his sights on police corruption and violence.
The Dastard: Howard’s Conan started out as a thief, The Dastard starts as one and remains as one. A viciously selfish antihero, cast out of paradise and making do in the barbaric world far from his home. One big score might buy him the luxury he seeks.
Wild: The jungles of Africa, the Amazon and Australia still hold mysteries to be discovered, amongst them a strange woman, white as snow, deadly as a panther and a holder of ancient African secrets.
Rink Rash: After the world comes to an end, a sport remains. Rollerbrawl.
Mimsy Burogrove: Expand your consciousness and solve mysteries with the world’s only psychedelic detective.
Doc Osmium: Two-fisted man of science, Doc Osmium teaches physics with pugilism.
Tessa Coyle: In a future world, a fever dream from the 1940s, the Science Police act as a board of ethical oversight – with extreme prejudice.
Ace Slamm: The world of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, but through a distorted lens. After interplanetary war Ace tries to find a way to drink himself to death in peace, but the old war keeps coming back to haunt him.You can get the ebook at:

Drivethrufiction

Smashwords

Lulu

You can also snag a PoD hardcopy HERE.

 

The Darkzel Scholarship Scheme

Zel

*I’M EXTENDING THE TIME FOR ENTRIES UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY, ANNOUNCING BY THE END OF FEBRUARY*

Introduction
Earlier this year I discovered that my good friend, Zachary Harris – better known to you as Darkzel – had been killed. He was in Korea, teaching English, when he was struck by a bus crossing the road and killed. A tragic, pointless waste of the life of a talented artist who – I believe – would have had a grand future ahead of him.

I have struggled to think of a useful and respectful way in which to honour Zel’s memory and to continue his legacy. In many ways our relationship was defined by the fact that the work I gave him helped pay him through his schooling and that we became friends as I watched him grow.

Life is tough for students as a whole and art students, perhaps, in particular. All that work, often without the support of friends and family, chasing a dream that may, ultimately, never work out and never pay. Fantasy artists are being crunched quite a bit as well, work is scarce and pay hasn’t really increased – at least in analog gaming – for some years.

If in some, small way, I can help other art students to get through their schooling, even if it’s just to make sure they’re kept in ramen noodles, that strikes me as a good way to remember Zel and to continue to help.

The Scholarship
Every year, every December, I will announce the opening of the Darkzel Scholarship for applications. This will consist of the previous year’s takings in terms of stock art sales from Zel’s work and sales of previous winner’s art. This will help keep the project relevant, continue to add material and continue to increase the scholarship fund and material year by year to keep it relevant.

This year’s scholarship amount will be somewhere over $250 US.

The Details

  • You will submit a piece of art at least A6 in size and at least 300 dpi, by email to grim@postmort.demon.co.uk
  • You grant permission, should you win, for this piece of art to be sold as stock art on RPGNOW.com. Money raised from these sales will go to next year’s scholarship.
  • You will include the name you wish to be credited by. The terms of use of the stockart license requires the users to credit you.
  • You will include a link to your online portfolio, deviantart page or similar.
  • You must be able to accept payment via Paypal.

FAQ
Q: Does it have to be adult art?
A: 
It doesn’t have to be adult art. Zel worked on adult projects like Hentacle and Cthentacle but he also produced stock art that wasn’t suggestive (as well as some that was). Zel also did science fiction, fantasy and horror work for me and elsewhere he did comics, adult and not, furry and not, LGBT and not. Zel did a huge amount of different stuff and you can do what you want too. Do what you love. Equally, don’t feel you have to hold back on what you draw.

Q: Does it have to be B&W or colour?
A: 
It doesn’t matter. Do what you prefer. Colour is more work and more impressive – often – but it is also less useful in many cases as stock art. There’s pluses and minuses to both. It’s up to you.

Q: Does it have to be anime style?
A:
Zel started out with a much more typical anime style and I think a lot of people have gotten their start this way in the last 10-20 years in the way my generation got a lot out of copying the style of superhero and sci-fi comics. His style developed over time and he’d really begun to find his own artistic voice towards the end, away from those roots. So no, you do not have to stick to a comic/anime or any other particular style. The only thing it really has to be is genre based. That is science-fiction, fantasy, horror, pulp, superhero etc.

Q: Can I make more than one submission?
A:
You can submit as many pieces of art as you want to. They will be considered as a single entry however.

Q: When will I be paid?
A:
Submissions will be accepted through to the end of December each year and I will try to make a decision and pay by the end of January.

Q: Do I have to be a student?
A: 
Yes. The Darkzel Scholarship is meant to help up and coming artists of the future. To give them a paying gig, help them get through school/college, soften some of the monetary pain day to day and to give them genuine exposure and the chance to have their art appear in real products and pay-it forward to others in following years. You can be an adult student though, the problems are no less when you’re juggling family, ‘real’ work and learning.

Q: Can I donate my submission for sale without winning?
A: 
Absolutely! If you want your submission to go up for sale anyway, even if you don’t win, please say so. The more art we have, the more we can earn for the next year’s scholarship. When you make your entry, please say so!

Q: How will you be judging the winner?
A: 
What I’m looking for is an ineffable quality. It is hard to define. I’m just looking for something that excites and engages, that stands out as a usable and great piece of illustration.

Q: I can’t enter, how can I help?
A:
Spread the word, tell students that you know that this is available. Talk about it on forums, tweet, facebook, G+, youtube, whatever you can do to pass it on.

Q: Can I submit art I’ve already done or does it have to be new?
A:
I would prefer you make a piece for this, but I appreciate December can be busy what with Christmas etc. So long as the submitted piece was created and completed within the year of the competition that would be OK.

Q: What happens with the image rights?
A: Anyone who wins or allows their art to be sold to aid the scholarship allows that art to be used in projects by anyone who buys the stock. Otherwise you retain all rights. You can sell prints, make T-shirts, use it in your galleries and portfolios, sell it to somebody else. Whatever you want.

Q: Zel was very supportive of his LGBT friends and community. How does that figure into this?
A: If you want to do LGBT themed art to submit, you’re more than welcome. It won’t impact at all on your chances and would be fitting.

2013 Scholarship fund: $250+

Machinations of the Space Princess, RELEASED!

Machinations of the Space Princess is a Science-Fantasy role-playing game. That means it’s very much about style over substance, mixing science-fiction, magic and
psionics in a game world that owes much more to Metal Hurlant and Star Wars than it does to 2001 or Bova’s Grand Tour. This is a game of strangeness and fun, of space
pirates and beautiful alien princesses, of living planets and robot hordes, of blasters at noon.

This is…

Sexy, sleazy, swords and sci-fi!

A full game combining old and new school thinking, packed with GM and player advice and with simple tools for creating your own monsters, adversaries, weapons, armour, ships and alien races.

NOT REALLY FOR ADULTS PER SE, BUT CONTAINS RUDE WORDS LIKE ‘BUM’, ‘POO’ AND ‘WILLY’.

This is the PDF only, the hardcopy will not be available until after the IndieGoGo sponsors have been sent their copies.

GET IT HERE

Machinations of the Space Princess: Break it for me

Alex_Horley_i_Nira__LoboI need some volunteers.

I am in the UK and have ‘stuff’ to be getting on with, which means I don’t have much opportunity to run games online over G+ and their ilk.

I’ve run two or three playtests of Machinations of the Space Princess but I simply can’t run games in the US time zone where it would be most useful and there’d be the most opportunity to get games up and running.

I need two or three Games Masters willing to ‘stress test’ the Machinations of the Space Princess systems under ‘combat conditions’ (that is, with players). I need to know what rules need clarification or aren’t obvious enough. I need to know where more examples are needed. I need to know what GM advice, random tables and help would be most useful. I need to know what kind of weapons, ships and so forth players actually try to make when they have the opportunity and whether weapons need more balance than just the cost.

Volunteers can apply via the usual methods, though I’m mostly looking for people who use Google Hangouts as a gaming platform. I’ll provide support and assistance via email and social media for you to help get adventures etc together.

You may fire, when ready.

An Updated Grim Bibliography

Stack of BooksWriter/Designer
’45: Double Feature
’45: Psychobilly Retropocalypse
@ctiv8
@ctiv8 Second Edition
100 Conspiracies
100 Conspirators
100 Dark Places
100 Fantasy Adventure Seeds
100 Fantasy Kingdoms
100 Horror Adventure Seeds
100 Planets
100 Science Fiction Adventure Seeds
17 Monk Feats
A Place Beyond Hell
Ace of Hearts
Ace Slamm: Space Bastard (short story)
Actual Assassin
Actual Monk
Actual Paladin
Agents of SWING
Agents of SWING: Agent’s Casefile
Agents of SWING: Control’s Casefile
Agents of SWING: Gosh, Spies!
Agents of SWING: Snake Eyes
Agents of SWING: The Art of P.A.I.N.
Agents of SWING: Untouchable
Army of Civilisation
Army of the Barbarians
Army of the Dwarves
Army of the Elves
Army of the Goblinoids
Autopsy 1
Autopsy 2
Autopsy 3
Autopsy 4
Black Mass
Blood Tales: Clearing
Blood Tales: More than you can Chew
Blood Tales: The End
Blood Tales: Windycon
Blood!
BloodQuest
Bloodsucker: The Angst
Bloodsucker: The Angst (Xpress Edition)
Call of Cthentacle: Spankham Asylum
Cannibal Sector One
Cichol’s Children (Short story)
Cloak of Steel
Colony: Moon
Cross City Race (Dragon)
Cthentacle
Cthentacle: At the Mountings of Madness
Cthentacle: The Dunbitch Horror
Cthulhu Britannica: Folklore
Daikaiju Die!
Diversity Dungeons
Doc Osmium: Synchronius Maximus (Short story)
Encyclopaedia Arcane: Nymphology
ePublisher d20/OGL Guide
Faces in the Smoke: Volume 2
Faith in the Future (Comic)
Fatal Highway
Feast of Crows
Filthy Shades Cliché
Final Straw: Highschool Revenge
Fistful of Fantasy 1
Fistful of Fantasy 2
Fistful of Fantasy 3
Fistful of Fantasy 4
Fistful of Horror 1
Fistful of Horror 2
Fistful of Horror 3
Fistful of Modern 1
Fistful of Modern 2
FLiCKPIG
Foul Humours
Freakshow: Agent of Chaos
Freakshow: Auditor of Order
Freakshow: Avenging Angel
Freakshow: Banshee
Freakshow: Bloodworm
Freakshow: Bloody Wheels
Freakshow: Body Part
Gives you Wings
Hentacle
Hentacle: 4Play
Hentacle: Sloppy Seconds
Hentacle: Three’s an Orgy
ImagiNation
Inside Gamergate
Invaderz
Invaderz: Pocket Edition
IRREPRESSIBLE!
Judge Dredd: Full Eagle Day
Kagai
Lady Bexington’s Home for Wayward Zombies
Live System
Living Constructs
Macho Women with Guns d20
Mimsy Burogrove: Psychedelic Detective (Short story)
Neverwhere RPG 1st Edition
Neverwhere RPG 2nd Edition
Neverwhere RPG 3rd Edition
Obsidian Eclipse Book 1: The Well of Dead Flesh
Obsidian Eclipse Book 2: Root & Branch
Obsidian Twilight
Old, Fat Punks
Origins of the Specious
Powder Monkeys
PROJECT: Wytch
PROJECT: Psyker
PROJECT: Empath
PROJECT: Medusa
PROJECT: Grunt
PROJECT: Golem
PROJECT: Borg
Pulp Nova
Races of Obsidian Twilight
Races of Pirates of the Bronze Sky: Kaylethon
Races of Pirates of the Bronze Sky: Tocarra
Rink Rash (Short story)
Sexbots
Sex, Dice & Gamer Chicks
STEAMED
Tales of Gor
Tessa Coyle: Science Police (Short story)
The Black Rat: Something special (Short story)
The Alchymyst
The Brock
The Cathedral of Misogyny
The Chancer
The Chronomancer
The Dastard (Short story)
The Description System
The Little Grey Book
The Quintessential Temptress
The Slayer’s Guide to Female Gamers
The Slayer’s Guide to Rules Lawyers
The Tower of Art
Traveller OGL: Alienist
Tunnels & Trolls: Specialists
UNORTHODOX Ranged Combatants
Urban Faerie
Urban Faerie: Pocket Edition
Ursa Carrien
Victoriana: War of the Worlds (Unpublished)
Wild: The Dark Canopy (Short story)
Word Wizards
World of Gor
Xpress Core System

Contributor
City of Stormreach
Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein – Tales of Promethea (Short story)
Dead Man’s Tome: Final Contact
Dead Man’s Time: No Safe Word
Faces in the Smoke Vol 2.
Full Metal Orgasm 1: Little Death (Short story)
Full Metal Orgasm 2: Who does it Hurt? (Short story)
Full Metal Orgasm 3: High Heaven (Short story)
Hunter Sheets: Issue 2
Judge Dredd: Mega City-One Archives Volume 3 (Reference)
Lovecraft After Dark
Monster Manual V
Obsidian Apocalypse: World of Abaddon
Red Phone Box (Story cycle)
Sex in London: Falling Down (Short story)
Ultimate Feats
Ultimate Prestige Classes Vol.1
Under Cover of Darkness: In His Clutches (Short story)
Victoriana: Faces in the Smoke Volume 1
Victoriana: Faces in the Smoke Volume 2
Victoriana: Faulkners Millinery & Miscellanea

Publisher
6Pack: Battle’s End
6Pack: Black Rock Bandits
6Pack: Black Rock Bandits
6Pack: Desecration
6Pack: Incursion
6Pack: Kiss of the Frog God
6Pack: Sickness in Springdale
6Pack: The Sting
6Pack: THULU!
Actual Spacemonkey
Agents of SWING: Minifigs
Bloodsucker: The Batshit
Bloodsucker: The Batshit (Xpress Edition)
Bloodsucker: The Juice
Bloodsucker: The Juice (Xpress Edition)
Call of Chavthulhu (Xpress Edition)
Camelot Cosmos: Coins Washed in Blood
Camelot Cosmos: Dark Night & Days of Wonder
Camelot Cosmos: GM’s Book
Camelot Cosmos: Hawk’s Hollow
Camelot Cosmos: Player’s Book
Camelot Cosmos: The Tide of Years
Chav: Call of Chavthulu
Chav: The Knifing
Chav: The Knifing (Xpress Edition)
Clipart Critters (Over 250 items)
Cliquebook: Gothistocrats
Courtesans: Sex & Society
Courtesans: The Weird and the Wonderful
Doxy
Final Straw: The Art of Final Straw
Freakshow: Agent of Chaos
Freakshow: Angels of Pain
Freakshow: Auditor of Order
Freakshow: Barbskin Demon
Freakshow: Candarian Demon
Freakshow: Giant Insects
Freakshow: Psychopaths
Freakshow: The Blob
Freakshow: The Seldom Seen
Freakshow: Vampire Brains
Freakshow: Vampires
Freakshow: Zombies
Gangworld: Dark Dominatrixes
Gangworld: Darkstars
Gangworld: Effin’ Fairies
Gangworld: The Sons
Hentacle: The Art of Hentacle
PROJECT
RavenArt: Steampunk
STEAMED: Tactical Cards
The Game of Worlds
The Silver Cult
TobyArt: 30+ items
Tough Justice
Tough Justice: Grim and Gritty
Viper in the Nest
Wizkid: The Cheapening
ZelArt: 40+ items

Machinations: Second, fully playable, rough draft up

GP

I’ve put the files for a second, rough draft version of Machinations of the Space Princess up. These are just word files, not even conveniently split by page for you to print out.

Tough.

Please feel free to tear it apart, spot and mention any egregious errors and to take it for a test drive or three.

You can see the update HERE.