Musings of a Bard

26 year old male
Fan of many topics not limited to tabletop RPGs, worldbuilding, board/video gaming, hockey, history, the pursuit of knowledge, web design and ducklings.

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"Just a heads up, some of our guys are… a little bit different."  

(Source: kane, via scandi-lous)

fearandlothering:

WHOEVER CREATED THIS RESOURCE IS MY LITERAL HERO GET OVER HERE AND LET ME HUG YOU

(Source: johnwaylandsmith, via spurofinspiration)

the-wolf-and-moon:

I Felt Very Small

the-wolf-and-moon:

I Felt Very Small

(via witnessedwitt)

roahnari:

fuckyeahcomicsbaby:

an ancient and terrible curse.

Oglaf makes my fucking life better.

(via witnessedwitt)

sometimesifangirltoohard:

raleiqhbecket:

awwww-cute:

My cat is always so anxious for his daily car rides !

hIS J AcKET

his eYES

sometimesifangirltoohard:

raleiqhbecket:

awwww-cute:

My cat is always so anxious for his daily car rides !

hIS J AcKET

his eYES

(via bashfulfruit)

master-of-sorcere:

onlylolgifs:

kitten wiggles ears while eating

i don’t even care if i reblog this twice a day every single day for the rest of my life

master-of-sorcere:

onlylolgifs:

kitten wiggles ears while eating

i don’t even care if i reblog this twice a day every single day for the rest of my life

(via witnessedwitt)

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - FOLDSMore on folds today. I will eventually cover all types of folds but today is about simple folds on everyday clothes (t-shirt, jeans). The key is to know what to expect and then applying what you know to simplify what you see in front of you (when life drawing). A lot of the folds dynamics on shirts and jeans come from the “memory” of the fabric itself. Denim is thick and is likely to keep some form of wrinkles or folds around certain areas (knees). A lot of zig-zag patterns around the knee is very likely. When pushed down on the feet, the denim fabric will bunch up and combine with the zig-zag pattern. Shirts and t-shirts will react to the twist and pull of the arms and torso. Identify where the pull (or tension) is coming from and work from it. I tend to draw the seams because they clearly express the volumes underneath.Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - FOLDS

More on folds today. I will eventually cover all types of folds but today is about simple folds on everyday clothes (t-shirt, jeans). The key is to know what to expect and then applying what you know to simplify what you see in front of you (when life drawing). A lot of the folds dynamics on shirts and jeans come from the “memory” of the fabric itself. Denim is thick and is likely to keep some form of wrinkles or folds around certain areas (knees). A lot of zig-zag patterns around the knee is very likely. When pushed down on the feet, the denim fabric will bunch up and combine with the zig-zag pattern. Shirts and t-shirts will react to the twist and pull of the arms and torso. Identify where the pull (or tension) is coming from and work from it. I tend to draw the seams because they clearly express the volumes underneath.

Norm

(via shenanagin)

(Source: nookling, via kirbeh)

badinspiration:

In Light of the End

Ah, my first finished piece since graduation (I’m kind of ashamed this is the only thing I’ve completed since graduating…errrk….) This is a commission for Nightwoof.

Feels really nice to post something that is ‘up-to-date.’ It’s been so long. Four years, in fact. I think it shows. :)

(via witnessedwitt)

Tuesday Talks: Tropes and Believable Characters

rashiko:

Familiar to every DM from every campaign everywhere is the concept of an NPC. We have written them, played them, seen them win, lose, and die. The NPC is the population of the world and there are vast numbers of them in a massive number of different roles from heroes to villains. When it comes to…

Even the most believable characters fall into one trope or another.  Why?  Although human interaction, motivations, and actions are complex, certain aspects may be boiled down.  There is a method to the madness of what a character turns out to be.  Tropes are the building blocks and macro picture of a deeper, intricate character.  They are purposely vague such as “Old Master” or “Action Mom” to cover the wide variety of characters out there.  How many Old Master characters can you think of?  Obi-Wan, Mr. Miyagi, Dumbledore, Gandolf, Ezio, etc. come to mind easily.  Each character, however, is quite different from one another, wouldn’t you agree?  Yet they share the same trope.  So what makes them diverse?

 A trope alone does not make a believable character.  Just as you need the pythagorean theorem to triangulate GPS, the theorem alone does not give you GPS.  The trope, therefore, acts as a simple way to explain an aspect of their personality in which people can relate and understand.  Think of it as a “class” that makes up their personality.  Running with that logic, is every single Rogue you come across the exact same?  Is every fighter or soldier?  As an example, Tyrion Lannister is a very different overall character than Samwell Tarly or Littlefinger, yet they share the same trope (Badass Bookworm).  The problem some have in terms of tropes, is that they see the trope making the character, not the character making the trope.  They attempt to dismiss any character that falls into one (which is silly, because every character has at least one identifiable character trait).  As a writer and DM, it’s important to not let this be the case.  Don’t end character creation at tropes.  You must expand on them.

 Tropes are a DM’s tool if one wishes to use them.  They can be a simple way to set the foundation of a character on which to later build the extra complexities as they arise throughout game play.  By adding motivations, quirks, likes/dislikes, and other personality traits, a believable character begins to form.  On top of that include personal relations and connections to things within the world (holding a degree at a university, having an ex-boyfriend in the next kingdom, having their favourite watering hole, a strong dislike for a certain culture, being the cousin of a shop keep in the capital city, etc).  Establishing their place within the setting and giving them thoughts and desires of their own makes the character believable.  Tropes may be found within, but not every character is the exact same.

 Tropes may be a useful tool for a DM looking to build certain characters, yet it is not the tropes themselves which make them believable. 

geekygodmother:

My sister found that a duck had made her nest under the big pine tree in her backyard. So what does she do? She builds a ramp into her pool so the duck and her little ducklings can easily get in and out. They have basically taken over her backyard.
I love my family.

geekygodmother:

My sister found that a duck had made her nest under the big pine tree in her backyard. So what does she do? She builds a ramp into her pool so the duck and her little ducklings can easily get in and out. They have basically taken over her backyard.

I love my family.

(via fuckyeahducks)


Proud to be on the Swiss cover of NHL 15…. Thanks #easports #NHL15 (x)