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Guest post: Turning a Bat’leth Into a Demon

Turning a Bat’leth Into a Demon, by Chandra Reyer

A demon. A demon coming out of a portal was the assignment I got for a D3 Adventures supplement. I was being given a lot of freedom on this assignment, which is just amazing for an artist to get. I had so many ideas that went beyond the usual bat-winged, red skinned devilish demon most commonly depicted.

The title sounds like a magic trick, but for me as an illustrator and comic book artist, it’s just Wednesday. I’m not talking about drawing a bat’leth, that uniquely shaped weapon of the Klingons from Star Trek, and then turning that drawing into a demon. This was a real, metal bat’leth that had been used in stage fighting.

I had given the bat’leth to an actress friend of mine, who agreed that she would be a reference model for me in the future if I needed her. She didn’t specify for demonic purposes, but that’s what I needed. When I asked if she’d mind being a demon, she said yes immediately. Okay, maybe the affirmative was more enthusiastic and less PG than just “Yes”, but you get the idea.  Actors are great for models because they really get into the character. They do more than just pose in place. My demon had plans, ideas and an odd facial structure. My friend gave my demon intent, and some make-up which made her look less demonic, but like motion capture marking trackers would help me when it came time to make the face look less human.  What proceeded next was an hour of photography, improvisation, cardboard armor and what probably looked really insane to someone from the outside. That’s the best thing about being a fantasy artist, maybe an actor, too. The totally weird, un-glamorous things required to pull off something fantastic.

As an artist it’s important to never be a slave to any reference used. Yet, it’s equally important to use reference, because something an artist wouldn’t have thought of out of their head will come out of it. This painting became so much more than I had originally envisioned thanks to my friend.

All it had cost me was a Klingon weapon of destruction.

 

Qapla’!

 

Art covers coming soon from Chandra Reyer at Greystone Studios to D3 Adventures also include:

 

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5E Compatible Products for Your Gaming Table

GMs are always on the look out for products to supplement their game.  Here at D3 Adventures we have several products available for 5E compatible games.

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Freelance Tangent! and Adventure! writers wanted

Become a D3 Adventurer –

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Author Freelance module John Watson

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Are you ready to attain your goals and break into the gaming industry?

Do you have a module, adventure, or scenario, ready to go to editing?

D3 Adventures is looking to publish well written adventures to highlight the holiday rush.  Please visit our Contractors Wanted page and fill out the form.  One of our line developers will contact you if your presentation is what they are looking for.

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The Ettin Games RPG Expo 2016

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Saturday, July 30 at 10 AM – 11:30 PM in CDT

If you are in the greater Houston area and would like to demo some D3 products, please stop by!

Ettin Games and Hobbies
241 FM 1960 Bypass Rd E, Humble, Texas 77338

Come celebrate role-playing games with a focus on local designers and games less traveled! Since FREE RPG Day fell on the same day as Comicpalooza this year, we feel that folks may have missed out. We therefore are going to host our own RPG Day which will focus on local designers, who will be in attendance, and games that get less regular attention than D&D 5th Edition and Pathfinder. In other words, we want to open you up to some new possibilities, let you have a good time, and win some great prizes in the process!

Learn more here: www.ettingames.com/the-ettin-games-rpg-expo-2016.html

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Comicpalooza – Play Pathfinder Tangent! Temple of the Titan Lord with Luke Cooley

Comicpalooza – Play Pathfinder Tangent! Temple of the Titan Lord with Luke Cooley

Want to play one of our Tangent! supplements before you buy it?  Will you be in Houston this weekend?  Stop by Ballroom B (rounds) Table 8 while at Comicpalooza! on Friday and check it out.  This Tangent! by Erik Brackett is a perfect introduction to this product line.  Tangent! non-system module

In the desolate wastes of the desert, a temple to a long forgotten titan has again become active. Now, the wealthy and noble are disappearing and all signs point to the temple. Can the heroes overcome the ancient god of vengeance? Will they help the oppressed or serve the powerful?

Also, be sure to check at our booth for other bonus materials.  We are on the 3rd floor of the convention hall, inside Tabletop Gaming (booth IGA4).  Be sure to say you saw this post.

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Comicpalooza bound – D3 Adventures!

Where: Comicpalooza
When: June 17th-19th
Find us: 3rd Floor of the convention hall, inside Tabletop Gaming (booth IGA4 on the map below)

Our GM’s will be running games throughout the convention and our booth staff will be willing to demo products at the booth itself.

Booth Staff: Joseph Davis and Anne Yarnell
Gamemasters: Tom Olson, Luke Cooley and Andy Solberg

You can find our GM’s schedules here: https://register.growtix.com/gms/comicpalooza_2016

Andy Solberg will only be running a single game which is a preview demo of his RPG called Science!. The event is adults only and by invite only. Invitations can be acquired at the D3 booth.

Copies of the original print run of Kamarathin: Kingdom of Tursh will be available (Jason will be more than happy to autograph copies should someone wish it).

You can download the Comicpalooza app from the Apple App store and Google Play. We are listed in the app as are our game schedules.

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Salt Lake Gaming Con (booth 2500)

If you are visiting Salt Lake Gaming Con this weekend, be sure to stop by and see our booth (we have bonus material).  Also, Curtis Baum, line developer and author for D3 Adventures will be running several roleplaying games.  You can see a schedule as well as many “pick-up” games happening frequently.

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Interested in art?  Regan Shupe, one of our freelance artists, will be there with his portfolio.

 

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Shopping! Full launch of our D3 Adventures shopping cart

D3 Adventures is “super” proud to announce the full launch of our own shopping cart.  Now everyone can stay at d3adventures.com and shop.  The cart is very easy to use.  See above where it says “shop”?  If you hover over that, a drop-down will appear of our product lines.  Look here to help identify what I mean.

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Want to see everything? Just click the word “shop” and you will be taken to a display of all the products, spaced out over several pages.    Want products that are “super-powered by M&M“?  Hover over “shop by system” and choose the system you want.

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We are actively soliciting feedback!  Please reply and let us know what we are doing well, and what you think we can improve.

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Extras! Quantum Collapse! Issue #0 is now available

For mutants and mastermindsWe took our best selling “Extras!” and applied it to our new supplements for M&M, “Quantum Collapse!” and here is the result.  Meet Hurricane, a former football player turned meteorologist.

In a universe with infinite possibilities, there are some interesting phenomena. What if a super-hero existed within several different realities?  How would he advance in power if the energy from his parallel identities was spread amongst the survivors? How would he be different in a world where the American Revolution never happened? What about if the Allies lost World War II?

Hurricane is presented at power levels 6, 8, 10, 12, and 16. Additionally, see how his world would be different with four alternate world histories. Hurricane is ready to be a friend or a foe in your Mutants and Masterminds game, featuring the Quantum Collapse campaign setting.

Buy it now directly from D3 Adventures or from Drive Thru RPG