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Peter Kisner
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Tired of dreary long sea voyages?
How bout a mock trial to liven things up.

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I get the impression this is some kind of brilliantly wrought satire of certain affectations of it's time. Even the title. Great work
 
How I'll be walking for the rest of the day.
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I pretty much never draw anymore. But these look to be neat and potentially useful set of examples for those cantankerous to draw hands.

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@Awesome_Triger 톰 무어 감독의 secret of kells 라는 영화에요! 작화는 이분게 정말 최고라고 생각하고있어요.. 뒤에 model sheet라고 붙이면 손 외에도 자료많이 나와요☆. 카레 먹고싶어. 15h15 hours ago. 카레 먹고싶어 @Awesome_Triger. @chj657 헉ㄱ 켈스의 비밀인가묘?!!! 재밌게 봤ㄴ던 작품이에요!
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FAIR ART RATES

Someone recently asked how to figure out fair art rates. I responded, but decided to offer it publicly to raise awareness.

(Note: We are talking fair, professional freelance rate... not "What can I get away with paying an artist.)

The standard default freelance rate is $30 an hour, plus license fees as well as transaction fees (if any).

It takes me, on average, 60.73 minutes to illustrate a black and white character with no background. If you want any amount of exclusivity to the illustration, that's where licensing fees come in (which, for me, are a percentage of the rate for labor). Also, obviously, more bells and whistles (larger image, more characters, backgrounds, etc) will up the price as well.

Since many people don't know, I want to break down that $30 an hour.

A professional freelancer will spend AT LEAST 25% of their week on administrative (non-paying) duties.

This brings that $30 to $22.50.
They need sick days and holidays.
Assume 2 weeks of holidays and 7 sick days a year.
Now, we're down to $20.68

On top of that, freelancers pay 15.3% self-employment tax.
Now, we're at $17.52 an hour. (EDIT: Taxes come first, but the math ends up fairly the same.)

I hope this helps clarify fair art rates.
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Damn PCs!
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So . . . order of actions . . .

Nearly every game I've been involved with has invariably used what seems to have become the standard method of action:

1. Everyone rolls initiative.
2. Best initiative character takes all their actions (unless holding).
3. Second best initiative takes all their actions.
4. Etc.

I've been in games where initiative was done per side rather than per character, but keep forgetting that some games change things up even more.

I think there's often a tendency to play by what we've (I've) become used to rather than paying attention to what's literally written in the book. Even unconsciously revising it to fit current styles of play.

This happened to me recently when, rereading a section of Wyrms & Warrens I'd cribbed directly from Swords & Wizardry, I realized that combat step 2 (after surprise but before initiative is rolled) is to declare what spells are being cast.

This got me wondering:

Does anyone still use this sort of declare first initiative?
And if so how do you find it changes play?
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While DW is not considered OSR, a lot of people who play it feel that it plays like they remember playing DnD in the eighties. The designers even gave it the tagline, "Old school feel, modern rules." It is definitely true of my experience of Dungeon World.

Of course you are right about the more vocal players who demand and therefore get more attention. It is the GM's job to make sure everybody gets a chance, which is definitely an aquired skill. But once the GM has mastered it, it works really well. The results is often much more dramatic and cinematic than the typical 3.5 technical battle crunch.

And personally, I love more player input in the narrative. Far from breaking the suspense of disbelief, my experience is that it makes players more invested in the game, as long as the rules of narrative authority and narrative truth are respected.
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Wyrms & Warrens

A new version is now posted (v0.45).
A bunch of major changes in this one. Among the more notable alterations:
A. Clerics now called Imbued (may be purely semantic), but wanted the category to include other "holy" or otherwise empowered types who aren't specifically clergy.
B. Spellcasting much different for Imbued and Mages. They have a chance of failure or other negative consequences.
C. Lavish illustrations taken from public domain art. The degree to which this complicated the layout just about killed me. Just goes to show the limits of LibreOffice for any kind of sizable layout challenge. Also bloated the file up to tremendous size. Still, I think the effect was relatively nice.

Probably should try to learn Scribus or something.
Wyrms & Warrens is the primary fantasy heartbreaker I've been working on for awhile now, based largely on the Swords & Wizardry SRD with significant modifications. I've broken it into a Player's Handbook (PHB) and a Warren Keeper's Guide (WKG). Altough the WKG is still in its infancy, ...
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N.B. - Slightly updated version just uploaded. Fixes table of contents and some other errors. Hats off to the folks who helped troubleshoot.
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Pursuant to avoiding inconvenience to those with a particular interest in mind, I almost never do Public postings.  Instead most posts will be go to one of several Collections:

  • RPG Discussion - Posts of anything even marginally role-playing game related.  Probably gets the most of my attention. (See GM Merit Badges)
  • Passes  For Humor - Random stuff I found amusing.
  • Pictures By Me - Photos I took or art I did myself.
  • Art Stuff - Other folks art.
  • Music & Videos - Just ones I've enjoyed.
  • Beer Impressions - I keep a list to refresh my own poor memory about what new things I've tried and liked.  Shared here since some other folks seem to take an interest.
  • Family & Friends - Stuff probably of less interest to the general public. My kids are great, etc.
  • Policy, Activism, Strong Opinions, Etc. - Politics, religion and the like. If you want to lose the last shred of respect for me read on!**
  • General Interest - Other random stuff that doesn't fit the other categories.
If you are adding me to your circles and I can't remember you (I'm sometimes bad at this) and you haven't posted anything RPG related before, then I won't circle you back.


** - Note:  I typically attempt to practice Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition.  I also tend to feel that maybe people in general have a responsibility to look out for each other's well being in some ways that good governance might help facilitate.

My highest aspiration is love of God, neighbor and enemy as outlined in Matthew 22:36-40 and its corollary in Matthew 5:43-46, with the ongoing hope to suck a bit less at doing so than I've been doing heretofore.
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