Tintin & Lovecraft (source)
There’s a bunch of Lovecraft stuff on the internet that’s not worth your time. This is not one of those.
Tintin would be able to handle this shit like a pro, unlike 99.9% of Lovecraft’s ‘protagonists’. I would pay to read these.
Sometimes I just log into tumblr and hit like for every post on my dash
Anonymous asked: This isn't really a Dragon Age or writing question, but I would like to know your opinion on something. A guy told me today that I'm not a "true gamer" because I only play RPGs. And the thought honestly never crossed my mind before? I thought just loving games meant I was a gamer? I want to go into Game Art & Design though so his comment really hit me. I want to know what do you think, since you're technically a part of the industry?
I’d say his comment says more about him than it does about you.
There’s a sad need among some guys who, having likely been bullied and looked down upon as a “gamer” and “nerd” while growing up, turn to exerting dominance in their chosen field of expertise rather rather than gaining some understanding of others who have gone through the same thing.
They probably don’t even recognize it as such, preferring to think of themselves as advanced hipsters too good for the “unwashed masses”…you see that all the time in gaming circles, where elitism of one kind or another is pretty par for the course. It’s a way for guys to compare dick sizes in an arena that’s more favorable to them than real life.
When it comes to the industry, the men and women actually making the games, we’re a pretty varied bunch. We get idealized as people who do it solely for the love of gaming in all forms, working out of our basements and eschewing all material considerations in pursuit of gaming perfection—and God forbid that ever turns out to not be the case. Likely many of us wouldn’t fit his definition of “true gamer” either, and that’s a good thing. Games get made for more people than the elitist few, despite what they’d like you (or anyone) to believe.
So screw what he thinks. While you’re at it, screw what I think, too. Do what you love, stay the course, and aim to get into the industry if that’s what you think will make you happy. You’re responsible for your own happiness, after all, and not his or mine or anyone else’s.
And the next time someone suggests you’re not a “true gamer”? Tell him, “Does that mean being a ‘true asshole’, too? If so, then I’m very happy not being one.”
Okay, so here’s my attempt at Dragon Age: Origins origin inspired jewelry:
- Aeducan: Strong angles carved by the most skilled artisans. Bold, but slight to not interfere in battle.
- Brosca: Represents life before the Grey Wardens—a life dominated by the Carta.
- Tabris: A simple ring of silver for one’s wedding, perhaps passed down along with Adaia’s dagger, the Fang of Fen’Harel. The three stones set in the ring represent the Creators, the evil Forgotten Ones, and Fen’Harel himself between them; however, the knowledge of the stones’ significance was lost with the Dales.
- Mahariel: Vines of the forest, flexible but strong, forever reaching for the homeland they never knew.
- Surana: Rings of lyrium-infused silver are given to each mage upon successful completion of the Harrowing. A simple setting, so not to attract attention.
- Amell: The power of an eagle, and perhaps a half-remembered freedom of time before the Circle, of a childhood in a noble house of a northern land.
- Cousland: A long line of powerful nobles, whom legends say gained their position following the wrath of a great Witch. With a wreath of laurels on a field of deep blue, they represent victory against adversity.
Ok. So. Where can I get these?
I “made” them all at Gemvara.com. They’re horribly expensive*, but designing stuff is so much fun, and since by the time I got into playing on the site individual characters were already done for DA:O and DA2, I went with the origins instead. :)
Other people have made amazing designs for Disney characters, Sailor Moon, both Dragon Age and Mass Effect, and probably a ton of other properties. (I think Final Fantasy games would make great sets, but I haven’t seen any yet and don’t know if I could do those ones justice.)
(*You can make them less expensive by changing from white gold to silver, for instance, or by substituting similar-colored gems, but since these were just dream designs I went all out on them and got the exact colors I wanted, regardless of cost.)