Sunday, October 29, 2023

Printable Spell Scrolls, V 1.2

The saga continues...

If you haven't been following along, this all started with an experiment using Midjourney's AI image engine to generate illustrations for prop documents.  The first attempt at using it to create physical spell scrolls for tabletop games was pretty good, the second was a bit better, and now we're at the third iteration.

I've decided full page color images printed on ivory, off white, or faux parchment is the way to go.  Having the spell diagram take up the entire sheet just looks better.  I've been printing the game statistics for each spell on the back of the scroll around one third of the way down.  Since the spell illustrations are purely aesthetic that allows you to use any image for any spell, considerably reducing workload. 

If you only have access to a monochrome printer things get a little more complicated when it comes to generating images.  Midjourney defaults to color, so you have to add multiple instructions like "black on white, monochrome, ink on paper" to the prompt to get a reliable black and white image.  

Here are two full sized images to give you an idea of what's possible.  The first is intended for an arcane spell, while the second is nature oriented.  Right click and open the link in a new tab to get the high resolution image.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.



1 comment:

Raven said...

As a medievalist calligrapher who actually studies ancient manuscripts for inspiration, I’m a little sick with envy at how beautifully this AI-artwork turned out. It needn’t be actually decipherable to give a good impression on props, since the “works” are in your game mechanics, and these are multi-purpose scrolls.