Greetings, habitués of the Wandering Shop. As Mick Jagger likes to sing, "Please allow me to #introduce myself…"
I'm the #author / #illustrator of a tabletop role-playing game (#TTRPG) who enjoys posting the odd pencil #sketch, #ink outline, or full-#color #illustration that eventually became #art for the game —plus a few that never made it in.
Émigré from another instance.
The Lutin (#Goblin) people from the fantastical world of Haven are her technological pioneers. Their ruler has an open bounty on exotic, exploitable tech, and they'll fearlessly mix magical and alien gear into their inventions with unbridled enthusiasm —sometimes to their own detriment.
This is a pencil #sketch of one of their tanks, plated in their own "shadow foam" alloy, armed with gunpowder weapons, and powered by a caged alien parasite.
Have another #throwback: a pencil #sketch, #ink outline, & #color drawing of a Lutin (#Goblin) from the world of Haven. There is no typical Lutin. They come in a wild variety of shapes, & adults range in size from two heads shorter to one head taller than a typical Human. Lutins have the widest differences between individuals of any other species on Haven; among direct family members there can be relatives with varying numbers of limbs, digits, & eyes.
Escape Pod did it again. Episode 724, "The Season of the Storm" (Author: Jonathan Edelstein; Narrator: Maxine Moore), served up some classic, old-school Sci-Fi #space #adventure for our current age. They gave me 1960s space-race history, future space-faring Zambians, scientific wonder, #mystery, #action, and smart people using #science to think their way out of problems.
#Throwback time: Heres a pencil #sketch for the stylish but deadly villain, "Cruel" Sarah McLeish. Her body is packed with a cybernetic sensor suite that doesn't just record, but can project all manner of disorienting visual and aural illusions. She's also no slouch with a bladed weapon. These days, she's more of a fixer and planner of high-risk, high-reward criminal enterprises, but if the numbers look right to her, she'll once again enter the field.
Enjoy the #ink outline of a magical Korobokuru (#Dwarf) weapon called a Flying Fist. It's a mallet, club, hammer, or axe weighted for throwing, with a ball or spindle capping the end of its shaft. On command, the cap comes off, trailing a long chain that allows the weapon to be swung in different martial arts maneuvers.
Here's another #throwback: an initial #sketch for some elements of "dwarf-wear" that would be used by the Korobokuru people on the magic world of Haven. Even early on, I seem to have decided on giving them strong geometric lines, pointy parts, and semi-precious stone embellishments.
Escape Pod 721: “Hustle”, written by Derrick Biden and narrated by Mur Lafferty, is why I always come back for more. Despite its darkly #dystopian setting, the story’s ferocious pace, #action, and the heroine’s mix of pragmatism and never-say-die attitude turn it into a really fun ride. And of course, it’s full of #RPG #inspiration.
FYI, the villain is quite villainous, so heed their content warning.
Here's a pencil #sketch of the character Belle Conti. She used to be part of an all-woman blues/rock/zydeco/punk band called "Dump Your Boyfriend" that managed to bomb at both blues clubs and womyn’s music fairs, but had a loyal following among New Orleans locals. These days, she's a fearsome mage who travels throughout the southern US hunting down legendary monsters.
Time for another #throwback, Joe the human farmer, companion to: https://wandering.shop/@tenthousandworlds/103268948863333819.
Author / Illustrator of Ten Thousand Worlds, a free CC licensed role-playing game.
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