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The Rise & Fall of Anakin Skywalker

From The Phantom Menace to Return Of The Jedi

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I posted a while ago looking for advice about my first commission. This is a work in progress of what will eventually be a world map for my patron.
 
A partial image of a commission I'm working on. This will eventually be a full-continent map sized for printing on A4 paper. I just wanted to get a basic coastline down and work on my mountains. Next comes water detail, then finer details like vegetation, deserts, and settlements.
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My practice after a few more days. Slow and steady wins the race.
 
Another practice sketch to get used to the Wacom. I softed up the pen pressure and made it slightly less sensitive. It's already making my lines less jittery. I also had a chance to play around with line weights and think I've got some cool ideas for improvement.
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I would say go bolder on the thicker lines to really make them pop out from the rest.
Also - study a bunch of maps, and straight out try to copy them. Do that over and over and over and you'll eventually develop more of your own style. The key here is to practice and be patient. One wall not straight enough? Draw another one. That one not straight either? Do one more, etc.
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In some iterations (like Dracula), vampires are able to fly by transforming into mist. In folklore, Alps are spirits who sit on a sleeping victim's chest and smother them while pinning them to the bed (I believe it's an explanation for sleep paralysis). Alps are sometimes likened to vampires. For more info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp_(folklore)

I like the imagery of an Alp always crouching like a gargoyle, but obviously they need to move if they're going to get onto a victim's chest.

So what if Alps traveled by transforming into some other physical state, like a vampire turning into mist? What would be an appropriately heavy, smothering, but mobile transformation?
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Early practice with my Wacom tablet. I'd like to make my style less sketchy, and I'm brainstorming ways to make my lines straighter. Any advice from tablet users out there?
 
I got a Wacom tablet last week so I'm learning. This is tonight's sketch, of a lonely forest cabin. Gotta start somewhere!
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In GIMP, select brush or pencil. Click on image and hold shift key on your keyboard. As you move your pointer around GIMP will show you where the straight line will be drawn when you click again. If you also hold the control key the lines will be constrained to multiples of 15 degrees.

Works with the mouse, at least. I'll try with the tablet in a few minutes, my coffee mug is in the way... and I'm not moving it.
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I know Chase rules in Savage Worlds are considered a little lackluster. The latest episode of Roll Up & Die talks about Chase scenes and gave me an idea:

Part of the excitement of movie chase scenes are the in-the-moment decisions: Tony Jaa gliding between two panes of glass, Jason Bourne slipping between cars on a freeway, etc. In the same way you can draw cards to randomly generate an adventure... has anyone homebrewed a Chase mechanic where terrain and obstacles are randomly generated via card draw? It seems like that would keep the pace going strong and add a level of unpredictability for players and GM alike.
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Thanks +Eli Kurtz! That was a really good podcast episode I had missed unless you had flagged it. It made me think about chases, and I think I'm beginning to see why I find SWD chase rules to be so confusing and lacklustre at the same time.

In most films, chases are all about terrain. Barriers, choke points and traffic should be the focus of a chase, not something that just happens on a draw of clubs. Also, the advantage mechanic really is too vague. I need to think more upon this.
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One of my players created a character last night inspired by earthbending. She's just got one power right now, Blast, which we're describing as a wave of rock bursting out of the ground in front of her. I'm trying to think of an appropriate trapping. How does this sound?

"On a raise, the ground around the caster is mangled by the crushing wave of rock. So long as the caster doesn't move, melee attackers do not gain a Gang Up bonus due to the difficult terrain."
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On item 2, remember my earlier point that Effect and Trapping are not the same. When you take the Fire Trapping you get all of the Fire Effects and can choose which one to use or not use every time you activate that power. Thus if your player takes an Earth Trapping the Effects would be a list of Options they can invoke when activating the power. Effects are not "always on".
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A partial image of a commission I'm working on. This will eventually be a full-continent map sized for printing on A4 paper. I just wanted to get a basic coastline down and work on my mountains. Next comes water detail, then finer details like vegetation, deserts, and settlements.
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Another practice sketch to get used to the Wacom. I softed up the pen pressure and made it slightly less sensitive. It's already making my lines less jittery. I also had a chance to play around with line weights and think I've got some cool ideas for improvement.
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Good Put some Permacolture and The three free energy there to!!
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In some iterations (like Dracula), vampires are able to fly by transforming into mist. In folklore, Alps are spirits who sit on a sleeping victim's chest and smother them while pinning them to the bed (I believe it's an explanation for sleep paralysis). For more info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp_(folklore)

Alps are sometimes likened to vampires. I like the imagery of an Alp always crouching like a gargoyle, but obviously they need to move if they're going to get onto a victim's chest.

So what if Alps traveled by transforming into some other physical state, like a vampire turning into mist? What would be an appropriately heavy, smothering, but mobile transformation?
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I got a Wacom tablet last week so I'm learning. This is tonight's sketch, of a lonely forest cabin. Gotta start somewhere!
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Well well! Looky who showed up on my facebook feed today: 
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"Is you check still in layout?"

Oh I may die.
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