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Matthew Adams
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Greedy PCs  - 
 
Name: Oswald Hitheryon
Personality: Arrogant, Chirpy
Appearance: White wild hair

Strength: 12
Dexterity: 9
Will: 13

HP: 3

Advancement
-Swashbuckler (d8)

Weapons
-Gleaming Halberd (d8)
-Morning Star (d8)

Equipment
-Ether
-Shovel
-Spyglass
-Tinderbox
-Torch
-Waterskin
-3 Rations
-50' rope
-5 sp

Osald is an old rogue who loves to be the center of attention. Spends ages each morning on his hair to make it look like he doesn't care about his hair.
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Introduce Yourself (if you want)  - 
 
Hello

I'm not really a game designer, but I have a couple freebie games at the moment which can be found on one of my much neglected blogs http://rumblecityrumble.blogspot.com.au please feel free to download and play/critique etc, there isn't much new in them though.

I also draw stuff.
I drew the pictures and cover for +David McGrogan​'s really excellent Yoon-Suin setting book.

I am also working on a game/setting tentatively called Green is the Colour (Arthurian England jammed into a generation spaceship alongside power-suited bunnies, spider-people, evil elves and dwarves, and a interdimensional fungus-cop chasing Merlin).

Also working on a horrible Sodor setting for +Chris McDowall​'s Into the Odd

And also a few other things, and all in a very disorganized fashion.

Edit: and yeah, i have a tumblr http://thehauntedgasworks.tumblr.com
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Not too much a fan of the "jumping gm" technique, but I found out that I Loooove games with maps, especially when the map is an active element of gameplay.

I'm eager to hear more about it, whenever it's done! :)
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As per a previous conversation, I would like to put something up here that gives people looking to hire illustrators or designers a guide to rates

My very rough thoughts: an average per hour guide, and an average per size/color guide, a link to an easy to use template contract...

The guide is not to determine what people charge individually, just something to help remove some...nervousness...others feel about the whole process.

So, a very rough example of what we might put up (please note I have no idea what to charge, and I don't think charging per hour works for me):

A guide for potential clients

This is to provide a quick guide for potential clients looking to hire illustrators or designers. It is a rough guide only, as some artists will charge more, and others less.

There is also a link to a template contract:

It is reasonable to expect to be charged:

$20 per hour plus an extra $5 per hour for color.

Or

$60 for A6 |
$120 for A5 } + $20 for colour.
$240 for A4. |


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I believe it was mentioned previously, but I do keep my rates posted openly. They do adjust periodically, but you can always go there to see how much I charge.http://www.jeshields.com/p/rate-estimator.html
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Also a general call out for people to do a logo for Demogorgon. You won't  get paid. Your logo will not be the only logo used. It will get changed on a daily or weekly or monthly or yearly basis (depending on how many people put one in). But it will get used. Project Sponsors might slap it on the front of the magazine. There are no restrictions. It can be literal, it can be a stain, it can be a photo of your mum or dad or sibling...probably your mum...
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I'll probably do one
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Call for Project Sponsors

Ok, lets see if we can do this. Putting out a general call for Project Sponsors (some did in the previous post, feel free to do it here again).

I also slightly tightened up the whatever it is called regarding the magazine.

Demogorgon Magazine

Goal: to produce 3(?) issues annually, showcasing the art, design, and writing skills of the DIY rpg scene.

Each issue to be run and organised by one or two Project Sponsors. Preferably one of the Project Sponsors is a designer/interested in design. They are generally decided upon by volunteering. If too many volunteer than they may be voted upon.

It is preferable that Project Sponsors are different for each issue.
They are called Sponsors because they will be sponsoring the magazine with their time and effort to collate it. They do not get paid, but it is fair to expect that they make back the cost of paper, printing, posting, etc and they may price the magazine accordingly.

The magazine can take any format that issue’s Sponsors decide on: A zine, a blog, POD book, a film, a set of postcards, whatever.

Participants have 2 months to produce the best work they can, it’s recommended they spend 6 hours max on the work.

Anyone can contribute. They will not be omitted. It doesn't matter their level of skill or talent, as long as they try to make it the best example of their work*

Participants will not get paid. This will not make them famous. But what they may get is a wonderful item that contains some of their work as well as the work of others, which they can show family, friends, even potential employers.
Each issue should have an overall theme to which the participants can work to. They may decide on what they wish to submit. It can be RPG related, but it can also avoid that if so desired. The idea is to showcase the work of the participants. A type of folio if you like. Participant’s works will be attributed to their creator, and links to online portfolios etc provided. 

*This is dependant on the participants working to the theme, and not attacking people of a different race, gender, sexuality, or creed. The Sponsors will have final say but may present such works to the community to decide if they are acceptable. In other words, please be adults, and respect those people whose work may appear alongside yours. But don’t bitch about a penis or two (or three…).
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Ok +Matt Hildebrand you're it so far, unless you want to join foces with +Josephe Vandel for next year? Or I could wait a few more days to get over the weekend slump on G+ to see if there are more volunteers?
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Aiming too high? Most likely. My ideas for the book/magazine/whatever...

Demogorgon Magazine

Goal: to produce 3(?) issues annually, showcasing the art, design, and writing skills of the DIY rpg scene.

Each issue to be run and organised by one or two project sponsors. Preferably one of the project sponsors is a designer/interested in design. They are generally decided upon by volunteering. If too many volunteer than they may be voted upon.

It is preferable that project sponsors are different for each issue.

The magazine can take any format that issue’s sponsers decide on: A zine, a blog, POD book, a film, a set of postcards, whatever.

Participants have 2 months to produce the best work they can, it’s recommended they spend 6 hours max on the work.

edit: Anyone can contribute. They will not be ommitted. It doesn't matter their level of skill or talent, as long as they try to make it the best example of their work

Each issue should have an overall theme. It can be RPG related, but it can also avoid that if so desired. The idea is to showcase the work of the participants. A type of folio if you like. Participant’s works will be attributed to their creator, and links to online portfolios etc provided.

The magazine is not for profit, but costs to sponsors for materials etc should be factored in. If desired, an issue may be used to raise money for a charity of the sponsor’s choosing.
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+As If yeah, should know hopefully by the end of the week or even before.
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I'm worried I am not doing enough to support this community despite having started it. I am not someone who should be...in charge(?)...of anything. Depression means my enthusiasm varies quite a lot from day to day, and this is something that runs on enthusiasm. I guess I am not sure where to go with it really. I am trying to think of ways to make it truly useful for people.

Some people are posting their patron stuff on here, which is good. I'm not supporting any patrons at the moment, but I am looking into that. So...patron away, give us other slackers ideas or advice.

I am still interested in putting out a book or something similar with examples of art or design by those members who wish to participate. I'm not sure that will be helpful for people, but having a physical book where you can show people "I did this'" is nice, even if it isn't useful.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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Yeah +Matthew Adams change the name to whatever you like. You could call it the Grand Poobah. I didn't have a name and "project sponsor" was the first thing I came up with. I insist organizer is spelled with a "z" though.  'MURICA!

A lottery is good if there are too many potential organizers I think. It could also be neat if (once things have been rolling successfully for a while) to have "special guests" set the theme and feel. I'm sure someone knows someone who knows someone and maybe Monte Cook or Marilyn Manson could be convinced to point a pack of artists in a general direction (this is probably to much, but I figure, go big with the ideas!).

I personally gravitate to zine 'cause I gravitate to black and white myself. I (personally) tend to be disappointed with how color turns out in many cases when it ends up on paper. Seems like it's a whole other process where things could go sideways. I also find black and white more open to potential interpretation in my mind. Color locks things down for me. Like I said, that's just me, and it's probably silly, and I'm glad to be overruled.

Regarding the 6 hour limit. A famous comic book artist gave a speech at my workplace that I'm not allowed to talk about in detail, but he said that for almost all of his pieces he would only spend 6 hours on them. He said it gave him a great deadline and helped ensure he had a "done" point. I really liked that personally 'cause I know that for me, if I have a long period of time to do work, I typically put it off 'till I'm right up against my deadline and then blitz it. I'm very bad at doing a little bit of work every day over a long period of time. I binge. I also find that sometimes if you touch something too much it goes sour.

For me, if you say "You have a month to get this done" then it needs to feel like it took a month to make. If you say "spend no more than 6 hours on the piece, but do the best you can, and you have a month to find that 6 hour block", I think it can help focus the work and relieve some of the pressure of "is it good enough" that I feel when I work on something.

The 6 hours couldn't be enforced, regardless. I mostly thought it'd be a neat gentleman's agreement.
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Hustling

Ok, we know that if you want to get work in this field you gotta hustle (or so I have been told, and see no reason to disbelieve it).

Hustling ain't easy though, not for everybody. I sometimes think that could be because hustling might be the wrong word. It conjures up in our minds a quick thinking, smart talking, street savvy self-promoter. Some of us are terminally shy, insecure, slow thinking, naive people.

So how do people hustle? I suspect it isn't done in all the same way.
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When I first started working I made a list of people I wanted to work for- I was continually making lists and writing e-mails to people.  Then I would send them e-mails with an updated portfolio every 4-6 months.  After a couple tries I got some bites and got employed by a few people irregularly (I was working 2 day jobs at the same time at this time).  

After you start doing some work for people you start seeing really big improvements because the game is "upped".  Those improvements and the acquaintances sprang me into new crowds of people, and eventually I found G+.

In my opinion it's of the utmost importance to have a separate webpage to send people to- the closer to www(dot)matthewadams(dot)com that you can get the better, IMO.  I get like no views on my site, but I have to keep it around in case I need to show someone my portfolio.  Nothing says professional like a website specifically for your art.
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So this is somewhat of a haphazard experiment where those that have experience can share some of that experience with those that don't, or something like that. Trying to figure this out as I go (mad).

Things i will be thinking about and asking about:

Do people think the questionnaire is useful?

Should we do something as a community like put out a little book on lulu(?) showcasing an example of work from each of us (or those that want to), maybe selling it to raise money for a particular charity?

Is all this a bit silly?

Does anyone else want to be a moderator or whatever they're called?
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I wonder if writers and publishers are countering our art togetherness quest in fear of a livable wage.
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a snail djinni or something, feel free to rip into it.
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It's really fantastic. even the paper. Like, I can't think of a criticism.
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A quicky placeholder logo
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Two pics to pick apart. These are from a while go, trying to come up with some creepy fairytale-ish monsters. These ones bugged me no end. Called fingermen, or fingerlings, I was never sure if it was the pictures or just the monsters which didn't work.
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Thank you people, you have given me some stuff to think about.
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Education
  • QCA Griffith Uni
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Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
I like games and art.
Introduction
Currently work as an in home disability carer. Have previously worked as an illustrator for the Courier Mail (Brissy newspaper).
Bragging rights
http://thehauntedgasworks.tumblr.com/ and http://rumblecityrumble.blogspot.com.au/
Work
Occupation
Carer
Skills
Illustration, procrastination
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Currently
Ipswich, Qld
Previously
Springwood, NSW - Geelong, Vic
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