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Jumping Genres!

July 4, 2014

My last post was written mostly with humorous intent, but also was intended to get some thoughts churning. Protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, I wouldn’t derail an existing and relatively serious,steady game so wildly as to put something like the Deck of Many Genres into play. That would be a rather gross abuse of the social contract between GM and players, really.

I would, however, shift genres in a game as long as that made sense within the context of the game… and I would also run a game where the very premise revolves around shifting genres/layers of reality/alternate dimensions where the players move from one genre to the next and possibly back again. It might work best with a certain pre-determined number of predesigned genre/setting/layers where the players will run genre-shifted iterations of the same character/soul/self. I think that could be really, really fun.

Originally I was going to go back to the last post and edit it to that effect, but then after my friend Terry made a comment on his repost that was very much in line with my thinking, I decided this might be better suited if I post it by itself. I’ll share a few specific examples of times I’ve experimented with the genre-shifting concept already in games and found it a satisfying pursuit, point out a few narrative media where this technique or a variant has been used to good effect. I’ve never run a campaign where shifting realities and genres was a major part of the premise, though I have done individual adventures in a couple different systems that explored the concept either seriously or otherwise.
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And Why Not?

August 8, 2012

Yesterday I posted my Heromachine depictions of The Fiend. Then I went home and made some of two other GK1943 characters, so I suppose I ought to share them also. The Themiscyran Amazon named Galatea and the shadow-born quasi-angelic woman named Twilight.
Well, here they are! (more…)

Another Look at The Fiend

August 7, 2012

Some while back I stumbled over Hero Machine, but I didn’t really take the time to do more than glance at it very briefly until last night, when I decided to try and put it through its paces and see if it was up to creating images of a rather challenging character: my own Brigitte Adelinde von Teufel, better known as The Fiend.

For those of you that might be new readers, Fraulein von Teufel is a gestalt being, created by thoroughly merging the mortal woman whose name this creature still bears with a demoness (specifically a Fury, a bringer of punishment and retribution), as a result of a botched summoning where the Nazi Occultist (Sigismund von Asch, the human Brigitte’s mentor) tried to sacrifice her to summon the Fury in question through her mortal shell. Neither the woman nor the demon exists anymore, in their place is a hybrid partaking of the abilities, knowledge and identity of both at once. She hasn’t aged a day since that event in 1938. As a character, one could think of her as being somewhere between Elsa Schneider, Illyana Rasputin and John Constantine. But enough jibber-jabber. Here are the results of my fevered experimentation. As always, click the images if you want to get a look at larger versions of these images.

Modern era Fiend

Here’s Brigitte in the modern days. She doesn’t look half bad for a centenarian!

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What Is It With Me and Black Spiral Dancers?

April 21, 2011

This is a long and rambling post. You have been warned.

I’ve been roleplaying for a long time: since 1987-8. My gaming career started out with Tunnels & Trolls (thank you, Ken St.Andre!) and my own home brewed games, pretty much at the same time. Within a year I was playing and/or DMing AD&D 1st edition (I pretty much skipped right past basic D&D), Gamma World and Traveler in addition to T&T. From there I jumped to the Palladium (I played almost everything that they made back between 1989-1995) and WFRP rulesets, played quite a bit of Paranoia, Ad&D 2e and more. From the time that I first adopted WFRP through about 2001, that was my primary game system, though it usually had a co-favorite.

Around 1993, I encountered Vampire: the Masquerade (and especially Vampire: The Dark Ages), which soon displaced Rifts as my second game of choice. It wasn’t long before I took a look at Werewolf: The Apocalypse but I was initially quite unimpressed because at the time I found the Garou to be wholly unsympathetic, psychotic ecoterrorists without the depth or ambiguity of the Kindred, yet whom the authors seemed to want the players to consider heroic.

My friend Peter was pretty keen on Werewolf though,  so I bought him The Book of the Wyrm as a present. One day he and I were sitting and discussing that book, and I found the Black Spiral Dancers to be a completely fascinating group. (more…)

Three Troubled People

April 6, 2011

Troubled Headline 2

Below we have a concept sketch from my upcoming project “Troubled”. More to come later. Who loves ya, baby?

Three Troubled People and also see this piece on deviantART

Troubled

March 29, 2011
Troubled headline1 by Uhlrik
Troubled headline, a photo by Uhlrik on Flickr.

This is for something that may or may not be coming down the pipe, out the chute and into your faces. Watch this space. Well, if you want to. If you liked the fiction bits I’ve posted lately. I won’t force you to. But I might just be sad if you don’t.

An Odd Sensation

January 10, 2011

Today, I took the day off work. Things to do, you know. One of the several things that needed doing today was having my car serviced. So I dropped my car off at the service facility in Culver City and walked a few blocks away to a streetside cafe to get myself some lunch and make some use of the time. As I sat there on a warm January afternoon at an outdoor table in western Los Angeles, eating avgolemono soup and falafel while reading the screenplay that I was preparing to storyboard, for a long moment I felt almost like I was looking at myself from the outside.

I am not a “showbiz” guy. That’s not where I make my living. I’m an artist (among other things) that happens to know some people that are themselves in show business. At that moment, however, I realized that I was having perhaps one of the most stereotypically “showbiz” lifestyle moments ever, reading a script at an outdoor eatery. It struck me as funny and more than a little bit surreal. Then I got back to work.

 

Song As Old As Rhyme

January 3, 2011

The other day, I finally installed my new blu-ray player and my wife and I watched the blu-ray release of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s a marvelous and highly sentimental film, but this morning my mind settled on a rather chilling correlation.

The movie is set in late 18th-century France, sometime between 1750 and 1789.

What’s chilling about this timeline? The revolution comes in 1789 and the Terror a couple years after that. Even if the film takes place in 1751 (the earliest possible point for it), then the Revolution will theoretically come within the protagonists’ lifetimes. “Happily ever after”… and then the shadow of Madame le Guillotine falls across the scene. Brrr.

Changeable Suits Of Apparel: Linda Lee

December 11, 2010

Given that I am a gamer geek that rather enjoys creating artwork, I have decided to post some artwork to my blog again. In this instance, a series of four pieces relating to a miss Linda Lee, about whom this post was written a while back.

LindaLee-state 5
Linda Lee State 5 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART

LindaLee-state4s
Linda Lee State 4 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART, also on Flickr

LindaLee-state3s
Linda Lee State 3 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART and also on Flickr

LindaLee-state2
Linda Lee State 2 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART and also on Flickr

Yes, I’m posting 4 of the 5 here. #1 is pretty much just her in shorts and a tank top anyways, since it’s the base on which the other four were built. It’s on my DeviantArt if you really need to see it. I created these because I wanted to draw her digitally, but also wanted to try out a few different looks for her. So there you have it.

A Daily Deviation? For Me? Awesome!

November 28, 2010

Wow, that’s what I get for vanishing from DA again for a while… I totally missed some major stuff. First, one of my sculptures was awarded a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt! The piece is below:
Headless 3
Headless 3 by ~uhlrik on deviantART

Secondly, I got requests for me to approve this piece being added to two different galleries on DA. Needless to say, they’ve been approved now. I wish that this sort of thing generated an e-mail notice or something on DA, since I got them during a period of DA-inactivity. But anyhow, a huge thank you to LabyrinthCreations for first featuring my work and to both of the gallerists that asked to display it afterwards! And which were they? Well, see below:

:icon4rtnow:4rtnow, a group focused on showcasing professionals here on dA. They were founded by anda0105, and they display some exceedingly cool work. Give ’em some love.

:icondd-catalogue:dd-catalogue, the home of Daily Deviations. You don’t need me to tell you that they show some of the best of the best that DA has to offer. I’m honored and humbled to have a piece invited for display there.

I first posted that piece in 2006 (and sculpted it prior to that), and it is incredibly gratifying to have it noticed and appreciated at all, but especially some years after the fact, and despite the fact that I’ve been pretty quiet on DA for a while now. It’s incredibly encouraging, and hopefully it will inspire me to further and better efforts!

Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m a dork. But yes, I have every reason to be happy about this.

Note: the flash-based embed code from DA didn’t seem to be working properly with wordpress, so I’ve used the image embed for the same image from flickr instead – That one’s here.