Monday, October 9, 2017

A Traded Space of Sound and Black Stars

Hello, faithful reader! In an attempt to get back to posting real content for you games, I have decided to do a 'trading-spaces' on a friend's blog. The author of this post is named Chris Larr, and I am please to be able to do this with a talented word-wizard like him. Below are 3 items from my Infinite City, along with 3 original illustrations. I hope you enjoy the items as much as I have.

Check out Chris' Blog: HERE

Teslan Radio:    Once guarded and revered as sacred by the secretive and eccentric (yet inventive) Teslan Monks, who believed it was a conduit to their patrol deity, this relic was lost during the infamous Cataclysm of the Long Dark.  Though missing, it was rumored to still exist within the confines of the Infinite City.

The Radio appears as a small, flimsy, handheld transistor radio made of scratched and aged white plastic with 2 tarnished chrome knobs.

The Radio allows the user to flawlessly tune into the thoughts and emotions of those within range.  The user need only dial and the combined powers of telepathy and empathy are granted  (although, if multiple individuals are within range, there is no indicator of whose thoughts/emotions are actually being monitored [which may prove problematic if used in a large crowd of people]).  No item or spell can block the Teslan Radio.

The broadcast range is approximately 111 feet in all directions.

The thoughts and emotions are broadcast though the small, tinny built-in speaker (of which the volume can be adjusted).

Pendant of the Black Star:    The origin of this unique artifact has been long lost, believed to only exist in legend.  The pendant appears as a perfectly formed 5-pointed star that is completely jet black in color (in fact, it absorbs any ambient light, creating no reflection).  

The Black Star confirms extremely potent advantages to its user.  It combines the properties of a +3 Ring of Protection and a Ring of Regeneration.  

The pendant also increases ALL attributes by +1 (even exceeding 18).  

Furthermore, the Black Star provides the following unique bonuses based on class:
  • Fighter (Paladin, Ranger, etc):  +2 on ALL 'to hit' and 'damage' rolls in combat.
  • Magic User (Illusionist):  1 bonus spell memorized per level.
  • Thief (Assassin, Monk):  All percentile abilities receive a +20% bonus.
  • Cleric:  +2 level shift when turning/controlling undead.
  • If multi-class, the more prominent class receives the bonus.

However, with this phenomenal power comes a horrid curse:  Once the Black Star is worn, the user will only have 30-300 days of life remaining (30d10).  While the player can die earlier through combat or accident, nothing can prevent this eventual fate from occurring (at best, a 'Wish' spell will prolonged the inevitable character demise by 10d10 days).

The user's life will burn brightly, yet briefly.

Stereo Speakers of Sonic Shattering:  Appearing as a pair of gargantuan stereo speakers (dimensions 20x6x6 and weighing 1000 lbs each), the Speakers have unparalleled destructive capabilities.  When properly installed, sounds played through the Speakers produce enough destructive force to shatter stone and rend metal.  

With an effective conical range of 600 feet, at its limit, damage dealt from the Speakers is 10d10 per round (save vs Breath Weapon for half damage).  For every 100 feet closer to the speaker, the damage is increased by 5 dice (550 ft = 15d10 damage, 500 ft = 20d10 damage, etc).

Standing behind the speakers and outside of the sonic cone will prevent damage from being inflicted.  However, each time the speakers are first installed to a power source, there is a 5% chance + 5% for every point of INT under 18, that feedback will occur, causing DOUBLE damage to everything and everyone within a 600 foot radius.

Ancient legends recall the daring exploits of King Who who used the Speakers during the Battle of Smithhammer to utterly annihilate a massive invading force, thus saving his Kingdom from being conquered.  Properly comprehending the awesomely destructive power of the Speakers, the young, yet wise, King promptly uninstalled them and hid them away.  To this day, the Speakers have not been found.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

No where nearly as heroic as Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker

Another pic of a mini-boss for my DnD adventure, he's based on a friend of mine in meat-space. The seed of the idea came from him as well as a dash of Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker.

A music video about Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker - YouTube Link (CLICK IT!!!)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

It's been less than a month since my last post, I am getting better.

Here we go folks, two new illustrations for my upcoming DnD adventure thingy. Woooo. I decided to go a bit weird with the first one. The first two are mini-bosses/powerful "bad-guys" for the adventure. The second illustration is based on a good friend of mine in meat-space, he was pretty stoked with how it turned out and that he's going to be a 'mini-boss'. Wooo, getting close to the finish!

Broken Ophanim - Based on a description of an angel type from the book of Ezekiel (Ancient Aliens loves this book).
I was honored that my friend made this his main Facebook pic.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I live and continue to write and draw

Hello folks, it's been a while hasn't it? I've been stressing, drawing, and writing for/on/over this DnD adventure project I am working on, and I have gotten all the intensive drawing work out of the way, though there is still more line/sketch and map work to do. Below are all the monsters for the project called: Black Stone Starship.

As a side note, I would like to get back to working on my Infinite City. It's strange that someone could miss a fictitious place, but I do. In writing, drawing, and then showing it off, it made the city somehow real for me in a way. I've been dreaming about the place too, and I am starting to think it wants out again. Like all organic things, the City has grown and changed in my head and I have a better grasp on what the city really is, and why the Storyteller Wars were fought. I have a map too. Expect more, soon, lest the City comes flying out of my head like Athena from Zeus; though unlike the god king, I doubt I could survive a gaping exit-wound in my head. The City hungers...

My buddy helped me come up with this one.

More teenaged-psycho-bully and less Jeff Goldbloom.

This guy belong to Christopher Mennell.

Remember this monster? I am reusing the idea for this project.

I started out by drawing an old guy, then kept on adding stuff that creeped me out.

Pretty much just Cthulhu + Harpy.

The idea for this came from a pic I saw in National Geographic of a newly discovered spider.

This... This is a pair of legs with whips for an upper body.

The face/mask is based off of an old Mickey Mouse mask I saw online.

The face is based off of a pic of Charlize Theron in a magazine on my coffee table.

This is actually based off of a picture of me I took to get the pose right.
A Shtriga is an Albanian blood drinking witch.

The name comes from Trypophobia, a fear of numerous holes on a surface.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I promise, I'm not avoid you guys.

So, I am still working on that adventure. I am putting a lot of work into it because this is my first go at being a real writer/illustrator, which means the blog has suffered. I miss making up random weird stuff, and I am looking to be getting back into it when I get the chance. After this adventure I will be writing a sci-fi themed adventure using the Blood of Pangaea system. Below is some of the art I have been working on, and here is the link to what the sci-fi adventure will be based on: LINK

Weirdo evil mascot. Art By: Me

A picture I made with my step-brother. Art By: Me n' Broh

Creepy logger guy. Art By Me (I think his proportions might be slightly off)

Creepy Blobby Face. Art By: Me

Someone asked for a monster, so I made them one. Art By: Me

I made this one just for me, I wanted to play with a photograph of my hand. Art By: Me

Evil Plant Monster!!!!! Art By: Me

Static Face Guy. Art By: Me
Bird is the word. Art By: Me

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Still not dead

C-3PO + Dr. Seuss + Lovecraft = This Guy. Art by: Me

Academy Award + Grammy + Lovecraft = This. Art by: Me

I'm a Blackstar, way up, oh honey, I got game. Art by: Me

I am still working on my writing for the DnD/OSR adventure, though the release date has been pushed back to September. I am now doing the art, maps, and half the writing with the other half being done by this cool dude I know in meatspace. These pics are alternate versions that won't be used in the product, so I won't be spoiling too much by posting them here. Thank you for continuing to check out my stuff.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weirdo music

Color version with better shading. Art by: Me

First version of the pic. Art by: Me

This pic is for a room I am working on for the adventure I am writing. The general idea behind this room is the huge statue/musical-instrument generates non-sound based phenomena like Synesthesia. Strings might produce visual stimulus, while the horns might be physical, or particular “notes” produce a specific sensation not linked to sound. There would be a specific monster(s) who is more or less a blob (or maybe a conglomeration of tiny lifeforms) that has a human body part grafted to it. These body parts allow the monster(s) to play a particular part of the instrument: hands and arms for striking or plucking, a human face with lips for blowing into wind-instruments, perhaps feet to step on a base drum pedal. This instrument actually effects the brain on a semi-physical level, meaning that the stuff experienced by the PC’s is not an illusion but rather an environmental effect. The instrument’s players could create monsters to attack the PC’s, dealing subdual damage, once the PC’s are incapacitated the monsters could drag the PC’s off somewhere. In essence the instrument is both a weapon and a puzzle for the PC’s to figure out how to disable. The monsters are another effect generated by the instrument, and will continue to “respawn” to play the instrument until the PC’s figure out how to disable it. 

I have been thinking about adding in a scaled down King in Yellow type monster as well, to add a bit more danger to this. It would work kinda like an undead bard who plays music to drive folks insane. What do you think? Here’s a link to the pic I drew for the King in Yellow type guy: LINK

So, if any of you kind folks have any ideas on make this encounter more cool/weird/horrifying, I would totally dig the input.