Friday, November 24, 2017

Denizen of the Upside Down

This wriggly inhabitant of the Upside Down comes to us from Brazen and Bold Productions.  "Stranger Things" has featured some excellent creature design work.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Faux Tome

Ivana Vuksanovic returns to our pages with this nicely done stash box disguised as a traditional gothic tome, complete with chain.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Heavy Armor

Steven K. Smith Props is responsible for this detailed recreation of the Theron Guard armor from the "Gears of War" video game franchise.  Scroll down his Facebook page to check out a video of him suiting up. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Peddler's Backpack

Here's something you don't see every day- a prop backpack.  Tomàs Barceló Castelà crafted this beautiful piece along with the numerous prop items that adorn it. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Great Grimoire of Cthulhu

MilleCuirs returns to our pages with another wonderful bit of tomecraft, the Great Grimoire of Cthulhu.  The tooling is phenomenally well done.

As an aside, my sloppy typing revealed Google now knows the correct spelling of Cthulhu.  Truly, the stars are right!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Legend of the "Black Knight"

Head over to GNDN to check out their write up on creating a backstory for the Black Knight.  No, not the mounted heavy cavalry, clanking armor kind.  This Black Knight is an alien spacecraft that has been orbiting the Earth for thousands of years, or so a certain sub-sect of conspiracy theorists would have you believe.
For “fun,” I’ve been poking at the Google Newspaper Archive and Wikipedia, and trying to dig up some more articles / background info. Inspired by Ken Hite’s “The Dracula Dossier,” I briefly thought I might phony up a whole, physical mock dossier, but that would be a lot of work, so I’m just going to post my copy-pasted bullet points.
The idea is that you can use this ‘raw material’ to flesh out some RPG thing you’re writing background for. Periodic alien visitation, ancient alien satellite left in orbit, prehistoric human space-faring evidence, etc. Maybe change the names / dates / locations if you need to. I’ve got most of the Black Knight Satellite ‘events’ on my list, and I’ve added some more arguably ‘relevant’ material.

What follows is a great example of Yog-Sothery, brewing up an entire mythology based on a few hard facts and a whole lot of creative conjecture. It's an incredibly effective narrative technique that I'm surprised isn't used more often. Most of the modern Alternate Reality Games do it using faux websites to build up the game world. It's far more effective when you can take our world and make it part of the game, so to speak, by putting a believable spin on actual events.

The Spawn of Propnomicon

I have a post about a nifty bit of Yog-Sothery in the pipeline.  Unfortunately, a small project I was peripherally involved with is taking up a large amount of my time- my grandson, who arrived early this morning.   And so the accursed bloodline carries on!  Heh.

Update:  Thank you all for the very kind words.  My wonderful daughter in law is doing fine, and my son is ecstatic.  I'm looking forward to changing diapers once again.  More importantly, I'll be able to share more stories of changing my son's diapers back when he was a tiny little monkey boy and not the 6' 8" security manager he is now.