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Monstrous paints.

One day, I will finish a painting. TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY!

This is, of course, the slightly more progressed version of this WiP, done while at Continuum 15. It’s mostly me trying to learn to use Clip Studio on my iPad, and… ki-ii-inda getting into a groove for it? I am actually pretty happy how the overpaint is turning out, I just… wish it didn’t take me like five hundred hours to get to that point which… ugh. Go figure.

Also, I need to fix those drips. Yeah. Those ones. Also, lol what even are light sources?

Jeeze. This is why I never finish anything. Cannot. Unsee…

2019-06-14T15:34:38+10:0014th June, 2019|Tags: continuum, continuum 15, my art, tabletop rpgs|

Tl;dr about TTRPGs.

Reading up on Monster of the Week before our game and…

My big Issue with PbtA games is they tend to be both, like… too prescriptive and too vague, all at the same time? Like stats and abilities are all super-simplified, which is fine, but then… moves are super prescriptive at the same time? Like, try and play for e.g. Monsterhearts as an investigative game—which, spoiler alert, we did—and see what I mean. Because of the way Moves are structured in that game, there’s basically no way to convey in-character information independently of player deduction, unless you resort to, like, some kind of precognition/supernatural intervention mechanic, which often ends up feels really GM-ex-machina-y.

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2019-06-13T10:26:24+10:006th June, 2019|Tags: gaming, rpgs, tabletop rpgs|

The Monstrous.

Tentacle dad, tentacle dad
Oil-powered, goop-covered tentacle dad
Hunting stuff
Most cringe-worthy puns
Tentacle dad.

So some of you may recall we have a Tradition of always playing a TTRPG game at cons. This Continuum, Alex is running us Monster of the Week. Obviously, I had to immediately grab The Monstrous’s playbook… and totally cannibalized Davey1 because yeah lol originality what’s that? For this version, Davey is a fifty-something ex-Gulf War vet whose “Gulf War Syndrome” involved being possessed/corrupted by some kind of oil-and-lightning-based void horror. Now, he can discorporate into oily smoke to pass through solid objects, as well as use weird mind control powers to make sure his fellow team members are staying hydrated, remembering to pack their jumpers, and other assorted Team Dad duties.

Relatedly: I still totally need to replace my scanner! (The linework for the original is purple and the paper is white, believe it or not, which really says… something about the iPhone’s camera.)

  1. Technically Davey, as Lee, already showed up in the DnD game I ran last year, as the demon “Lord Chaudhry,” and ended the game possessing one of the player characters because lol. []
2019-06-04T10:35:16+10:004th June, 2019|Tags: continuum, continuum 15, my art, tabletop rpgs|

Young man with yellow eyes, long curly brown hair, and sheep horns.

Elliot.

More adventures in sketch doodling.

This is Elliot, a metis Glasswalker NPC from the W:tA game I’ll be running on (hopefully) Tuesday. He is so angry and so surly because I didn’t bother cleaning up his sketch1 before messing around with coloring it, so his face is kinda wonky. Oops.

  1. Always flip your images, kids! []
2019-01-29T13:02:04+11:0027th January, 2019|Tags: my art, rpgs, tabletop rpgs, werewolf the apocalypse|

Roll Therapy DC 20.

So I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m not… always enthusiastic about the trend in indie tabletop RPGs towards making deeply intimate games that focus on psychological trauma and interpersonal drama (see MonsterheartsBluebeard’s Bride, and Ten Candles, for example). Not to deny that these games can be fun, but they’re also sort of the TTRPG equivalent of Oscar bait; focusing on the cheap evocation of emotion rather than anything necessarily substantial.

Oh, and also? They’re an absolute nightmare when it comes to people using them as an inappropriate form of therapy. So, yanno. There’s that.

2018-07-03T09:23:50+10:0027th December, 2018|Tags: gaming, rpgs, tabletop rpgs|

The worst RPG.

I’m sure no one had high hopes for anything called Fantasy Adventure to Adult Lechery, but oh my god does it get so much worse than you could imagine. [Massive content warning for just about everything, but specifically misogyny, sexual assault, racism, and homophobia. The dudes writing the review are also, uh, doing so In The Style of The Time, i.e. the early 00s, meaning there’s a lot of casual ableism thrown in on their end, too…]

Thought One: I’m sure that there’s a market out there for indie adult-themed RPGs that, like, aren’t racist, misogynist, cissexist, heteronormative messes. Surely these must exist, right? Like, there’s nothing inherently wrong with having an RPG that focuses on sex and the mechanics thereof; even weird sadomasochistic noncon body-horror nightmare-fuel transformation fetish sex.1 So why is it that whenever I hear about one of these games—and, yes, I’ve heard of more than one—it’s because they’re not just awful, but always awful in exactly the same way?

Haha. Yeah, that was a rhetorical question. We all know why.

Thought Two: It was coincidence that I happened to stumble across this review—months ago, by the time this posts—at the same time incel terrorism happened to be in the news, but I couldn’t help but think about the latter while I was reading the former. It’s not just the raging misogyny, either, but something about the whole… I dunno. Pungent mix of misapplied pseudo-academic bullshit and walking Dunning–Kruger cluelessness.

Thought Three: On the plus side, this review lead me to the game KULT, which, while it will not be Everybody’s Bag Baby, is definitely mine. So… there’s that, at least.

  1. Like, there is a non-negligible market for this stuff in the erotica space, that’s both written by and for women. So it’s not like it’s some exclusively male thing. But what does seem to be “exclusively male” is the whole “trying to pass off your sexual fetishes as ‘historically/biologically accurate” thing. []
2018-05-07T14:27:58+10:001st November, 2018|Tags: gaming, rpgs, tabletop rpgs|