Archive for April 21st, 2016

2016… Lighten Up…

Or, someone needs to tell DEATH to “take five” (with the understanding that it’s a break, not to take five more people)…

It has been reported that Prince has died. While my affinity for his music is primarily limited to his work from the 80s, the man could play.

I think it’s time to get a little crazy… Let’s get nuts…

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SPT: 2nd Ed PHB 21 April 2016

If you played AD&D in the late 80s and through much of the 90s, you probably started at the above image at the start and end of every session… It was the cover of the PHB, after all, by Jeff Easley.

But, let’s try to look past the memories and the association, and focus on the image.

Who is the central figure? Who is the one trailing? Are they allies, or opponents? Consider who is the POV [the one being threatened by the sword]… what is that relationship to the other two? [Why the threatening? Why the horse chase? Who is trying to get away – the POV, or the man/men on horseback?]

While the above image is (obviously) easily used for a fantasy, consider how it could be made to fit into a SF mold.

What happened to set up this moment, and what happens as the rider(s) thunder past?

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SPT: The Gaming Art Update

Growing up, I was a gamer. I use the past tense simply because I currently have neither the available time nor the flexibility of schedule to consider resuming activities. The last time I actively played anything more than a few round of Magic: The Gathering was before the turn of the century (ouch!)… However, with three boys, I imagine there will be opportunities to re-enter the arena… To that end, among some of the images I will be sprinkling in among the weekly Story Prompts will be some classic images from my gaming days. Quite often, the best ones evoked a story all their own.

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