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Gabe / on Fri, Feb 27 2009 at 10:08 am

three things

We’ve got a couple conventions coming up here pretty soon. Tycho and I will be at Emerald city as well as Sakuracon, both of which are in April. I’m working on an exclusive poster that I’m hoping the Sakuracon crowd will appreciate.

I’m not a huge anime fan but making this poster was a fun challenge. When I was a kid I used to watch it all the time, but back then it was called Japanimation. My local video rental place had Bubblegum Crisis, Appleseed and Vampire Hunter D so I just kept watching those over and over again. I certainly went through an anime phase with my art becasue of those films but it didn’t last long. This poster was a fun opportunity to go back to that style.

I’ve been looking into a bunch of different options for creating maps and dungeons to be used with my D&D game. I tried some 3D papercraft terrain from Worldworks. I was super impressed with the quality of the designs but the time it took me to construct even one dugeon was just ridiculous. I spent an entire weekend cutting and gluing together one cave. The result was awesome and my players loved it but I just don’t have the time to keep that up. Dungeon tiles are great but keepin them organized and sorting through them is a pain. Also as I mentioned before they don’t work with the pre-written adventures like Thunderspire Mountain. Recently I’ve been using the Cartographers Guild forum. These guys take the time to design really great looking maps that you can print out yourself. These are cool and functional but I’ve still been searching for 3D ideas.

This morning I discovered the Dwarven Forge. The pictures of the terrain are pretty amazing and I don’t doubt that they are worth the high price. My only problem is that I don’t uderstand how they are supposed to work with D&D. They are gorgeous but they don’t have a grid built into them. Can anyone explain to me how you handle grid based movement using this kind of set up?

Finally I want to thank SOE and all the EQ and EQ2 players for their supoert of Child’s Play. By purchasing a virtual Child’s Play item using SOE’s in game Station Cash players managed to raise $20,000 for Child’s Play. Gamasutra has some more info.

-Gabe out

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