ktrey parker @ 2019-05-17 15:04:30
Happy Friday again everyone! I hit a nice milestone today, I'm finally at fifty (50!) Forest Hexes, so I'm halfway to 100 for this terrain! https://blog.d4caltrops.com/2019/05/finally-fifty-five-more-forest-hexes.html Hope they prove useful for any weekend gamings! I might celebrate by looking into some options to get a version of these into the physical world somehow (that'll get me to finally finalize some of the layout stuff)!
David Perry @ 2019-05-17 17:51:07
I used one of your originals in my Dolmenwood game a couple sessions ago. They found a ruined watchtower of non-hostile skeletons still performing their duty for the Duke. Since I'd also rolled another encountered there that ended up being Sprites, I had them living the their eyesockets.
David Perry @ 2019-05-17 17:53:19
A rolled event also meant it started thunderstorming, so they were driven inside and spent a weird night having pranks played on them. One of the more evocative encounters of the campaign really!
ktrey parker @ 2019-05-17 18:07:01
Oh wow that sounds like a blast, I love the juxtaposition of "spooky undead" with "mischievous fey!" It really warms my heart hearing about how these end up working at the table, and I'm excited that you managed to fit one into Dolmenwood too. Some of these Forest Hexes are definitely "the right flavor" for that setting! Thanks again David!
Anne Hunter @ 2019-05-17 18:35:37
Can I say how much I find your art selection to be on-point? I know I've praised the other elements of your writing before, but that "Genius Loci" art in particular is just so perfect. Do you have any favorite artists / books for plundering?
ktrey parker @ 2019-05-17 18:53:06
@Anne, yeah I loved that one so I knew I had to save it for something special. I used to follow the twitter bot for this tumblr: https://mechanicalcurator.tumblr.com/ and every time I saw something with an art style I liked, I'd check out the book's images from the British Libraries flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/ it's a ton of scanned old books from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Century. But sadly the tumblr seems to have stopped updating (maybe with the new flickr changes their bot died :( ), but the flickr collection is still there at least. Most of the images get a little tweaking/lazy photo editing. I just go with whatever strikes my fancy, and if an image sparks any inspiration/gives me an immediate "workable idea." The more line-drawing stuff is easier to accommodate generally than the more painting/photo-realistic stuff (anything woodcut is great though). I try to stay away from a lot of the greats (Ford, Beardsley, Clarke, Rackham, etc) because I see a lot of those get used a lot (because they are soooo good) :).
Anne Hunter @ 2019-05-18 05:52:46
Thanks for sharing your advice!
Alex Schroeder @ 2019-05-18 14:52:57
Good points on the art selection, yeah!
Eric Nieudan @ 2019-05-18 16:28:23
I've used your original 20-of-each document again last week, prepping for a hexcrawl that was sadly cut short when the players decided to hop onto a portal to a pirate spelljamming ship. By the time they get back, I'll have more material to play with! =D
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