[Art-RPG] Drawing a Cartoon Me

A short while ago someone commented on one of my videos (sorry I can’t remember who, I have an abysmal memory for names) suggesting that perhaps I should focus more on the audio elements of my RPG reviews etc given the amount of referencing written notes that I do in my videos; thinking about this the person had a point, I do tend to write down fairly comprehensive notes and then reference them frequently during a video to make sure that I don’t miss anything or leave anything out (all too easy to do with my lack of memory power). I considered moving across to an entirely audio format such as a podcast or something similar, it would be much easier for me to create and edit the files, not to mention taking far less time to upload than the normally lamentable times on Youtube; however, I don’t want to abandon the visual element entirely since i’ve very much enjoyed making Youtube videos and hosting them, plus getting involved with the whole Youtube RPG Brigade.

I also considered just doing an audio feed and then adding a static image over the top, as i’ve done with some of my Sunday RP Rambles and the recent RPG interviews that I did at Dragonmeet 2014, but, although this works fine for interviews it’s not particularly interesting to look at; one possible answer came when I was watching a Youtube video about conspiracy theories, effectively the creator of the video had made a slideshow of still images that were keyed to show up at certain points of the video. Having recently started experimenting with using the program Inkscape to create vector drawings (after it was recommended by Alex Gillot) I decided to have a go at creating a cartoon version of myself that could potentially be used to quickly create a series of images to go with the audio feed.

This is what I ended up with (not bad for a first attempt I don’t think):

I’m thinking of making a sample video using the cartoon version of me in the near future to see what it looks like, i’m hoping this might be a chance to combine my love of making RPG videos with my recently re-discovered (and long dormant) enjoyment of drawing (plus giving me more practice at using Inkscape); would love to hear your opinions and thoughts, send them to reddicediaries@gmail.com 🙂

[Video-RPG] Talking GM Workshops with Gary Harper from the RP Haven (Dragonmeet 2014)

Gary Harper of the RP Haven was also good enough to spare us some of his time to talk about the work that they have been doing with their GM workshops.

RP Haven website : Http://www.rphaven.co.uk

The MP3 of this interview can be downloaded here: 

[Video-RPG] RPG Interview with Gary Harper from RP Haven (Dragonmeet 2014)

At Dragonmeet 2014 we also had the opportunity to talk to Gary Harper from RP Haven about the work they are doing within the community to promote roleplay.

RP Haven website: Http://www.rphaven.co.uk

The MP3 version of this interview can be downloaded here:

[Video-RPG] RPG Interview with Leo Marshall from Indyhippo (Dragonmeet 2014)

An interview with Leo Marshall from Indyhippo at Dragonmeet 2014 where we talk about indy games, the future of story lead games and the UK RP Design Collective.

UK RP Design Collective website: Http://ukrpdc.wordpress.com/

MP3 version of this interview available here: 

[Con-RPG] Dragonmeet 2014

On the 06/12/14 some friends and myself went to Dragonmeet 2014 held in the Ibis Hotel London, having only been to a single face-to-face convention beforehand (back in the dim and misty past when there was a Gen Con UK) I wasn’t really sure what to expect and was a bit nervous if the truth be told, the decision to attend the convention had all been a bit last minute but I was hoping to attend some of the panels and maybe even interview some of the game designers (in addition to promoting the Red Dice Diaries of course).
I had a press pass for the event courtesy of friends from Dark Cleo Productions who myself and my wife would be accompanying down to the convention; it was only a one day affair and I thought that it would be a good introduction to conventions for when I plan to attend the larger UK Games Expo in 2015. It turns out my worries were pretty much unfounded, most people at the convention were very happy to chat about and demonstrate their products and I was able to secure audio interviews with a number of people (I only took a dictaphone to avoid having to carry heavy video recording equipment across London) only one of which unfortunately wasn’t usable due to the background noise.
Highlights of the weekend for me include:

  • Talking to Graham Bottley from Arion Games.
  • Picking up a couple of indy games (Intrepid and Sci-Fi Beta Kappa) from the UK RP Design Collective and talking to Leo.
  • Having a couple of interesting chats with Gary Harper from RP Haven.
  • Getting to talk to some of the people from Modiphius and Pelgrane.
  • Playing a number of games include Stakbots, Sopio, Lords of War and a very entertaining little AFF scenario where the GM recognised me from TheRogueDM’s Broken Jade campaign videos.

I’ll put a few pictures from the weekend below:
All ready to head off to Dragonmeet 2014
Catching the London Underground
Never could resist the opportunity to take snaps of scenery
Just time for a spot of breakfast before hitting the Con
Just grabbing a drink of coffee before the event
Arriving at the venue
Our first seminar of the day – Pelgrane Press
Looking at the excellent new version of Campaign Cartographer, sadly the interview I recorded with the guy demonstrating it didn’t come out.
My purchases from the weekend
Interviewing Graham Bottley from Arion Games
Playing a cool little AFF scenario ran by Stuart Lloyd
The strategic card/wargame ‘Lords of War’ celebrated it’s second birthday and we were lucky enough to get shown how to play it by one of the co-creators
End of a great first day
Ready for the second day social at the Ibis
Playing Stakbots in the Ibis pub, great card game with loads of tactical thinking involved.
Heading back home
Just time for a game of Sopio on the train
We all had a great time at Dragonmeet, was great to meet and talk to so many people with such great enthusiasm for the hobby, we certainly hope to be attending next year’s convention 🙂

[Video-RPG] RPG Interview – Graham Bottley from Arion Games (Dragonmeet 2014)

At the recent Dragonmeet Convention we were lucky enough to be able to grab a few minute’s of Graham Bottley’s time to talk about previous projects from Arion Game including (of course) the re-release of Advance Fighting Fantasy, and also what the future holds for Arion.
Arion games website: http://www.arion-games.com
The MP3 version of the interview is available here: 

[Con-RPG] Heading to Dragonmeet on 06/12/14

Myself, my wife and a friend of ours from Dark Cleo Productions are heading off to Dragonmeet at the end of the week, we were lucky enough to get tickets at the last minute thanks to our friends at Dark Cleo and i’m very much looking forward to going.

I have to admit to being a little apprehensive though, the last convention I went to was when a version of Gen Con was still being held here in the United Kingdom about a million years ago and i’ve not really had the time or the funds necessary to visit a lot of conventions since (although I do go to the small Beer & Pretzels convention held in our local town most years); having really enjoyed my experience at the online convention BrigadeCon 2014 (although I understand conventions online and in person are likely to be very different) i’m really looking forward to going to the convention. If anyone sees me there, feel free to come up and say hello, chat about RPGs, i’ll be taking my dictaphone with me and a video camera so hopefully i’ll be able to get some good footage and maybe even some interviews 🙂

Details for Dragonmeet can be found here: http://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/