Calligraphy – Mastery, the Tiefling Rogue

So my friend asked me to do one more character name for the journals he procured for his group. This on was for Mastery, the evil Tiefling Rogue. I enjoy taking what I know about the character and giving the calligraphy some personal touches to make it more unique to the character, hence the dripping blood look on this script.

Additionally my wife keeps telling me I should start charging for this but I don’t know. Would anyone actually buy character placards written in calligraphy?

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Mastery, the Tiefling Rogue
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Welcome to the Jungle

So for the foreseeable future a lot of my maps and calligraphy will be jungle themed. The reason for this is twofold.

First, starting in January I will be running the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition Tomb of Annihilation Campaign. For those of you who don’t know it’s basically The Lost Word + Indiana Jones + Zombies. In preparation that I will be making maps and random encounter cards and whatnot.

Second, I want to get back into miniature wargaming. I used to play Warhammer Fantasy as a teenager but now I don’t have the time to invest in such a large, time consuming game. Enter “Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago”. Frostgrave:GA is a fantasy skirmish game (only 10 models per side) set in a jungle archipelago that has recently risen from the ocean.

As you might have guessed I am in love with the idea jungle settings so having both hobbies intersect thematically like that is awesome. So stay tuned for jungle themed calligraphy and cartography.

Cartography – Tomb of Annihilation Map Progress

So in January I will be running my Dungeons and Dragons group though the recently released Tomb of Annihilation. It comes with a beautiful poster sized map. However one side is the players side and the other side is the DM side. Additionally it is made out of poster material so it is a bit glossy and not the best to write on.

To fix those problems I will be recreating the map from the poster on linen paper with ink and I will do all the text in calligraphy.

I will be posting updates as I work on it, but here are the first photos of the main parts outlined in pencil.

 

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The beginning of the ToA Player Map

Calligraphy – Character Titles

So watching Game of Thrones made me realize that giving your rpg characters titles is such a great idea. I think it would really help players get into character more, sort of like WWE wrestlers. I mean which is more evocative: Gregor Clegane or “The Mountain”? Dwayne Johnson or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? Daenerys Targaryen or Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne, Rightful Queen…you get the picture. Do you as  player give your character titles? What about as a DM, do you give them to NPCs?

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No need to go overboard with the titles though…

Calligraphy – Custom Journals

So a friend of mine is an amazing Dungeon Master. He’s so amazing that he went out and bought beautiful journals for all his players, which he then asked me to inscribe with their characters’ names. His motives though weren’t completely altruistic. You see, he has one player who takes notes diligently and none of the other players do…which causes problems when the note-taker misses a session (as is all too common as parents with kids). Now his players have no excuses!

How do you get your players to take notes?

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I’m back

Hi everyone (or at least what few readers I might have)! I’m back on this blog after quite a long hiatus. Life has been pretty hectic but I’m ready to dip my toes back into the blogging waters. Since I last posted in July I’ve:

  • Had a new kid;
  • Played Dungeons and Dragons with my old kid;
  • Started a new job;
  • Resumed my Master’s; and
  • Practiced a bit of my calligraphy. (You can see it here on Instagram.)

I can’t promise regular posts, but I can promise that I will start posting again. One of my major projects will be recreating the map from Tomb of Annihilation because I am going to start running that adventure in January, so expect posts related to that. In the meantime here is a wood burned D&D ampersand that I’m going to be using for inspiration points in that game.

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Inspiration token

 

Cheers,

George

Cartography – Ghost Disease

Inspired by the Wizards of the Coasts D&D Stream of Annihilation over the weekend I wanted to create a jungle inspired adventure card.

I am also currently studying for an exam for my MSc in Epidemiology so I have diseases on the brain. Combine the two and you get a coastal city beset by a mysterious illness that the players have to solve. Will they rise to the challenge and become amateur epidemiologists or will they succumb to insanity and hysteria?

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Ghost Disease

CONTEST! Gather Your Party!

Gather your party, I’m holding a contest!

So I’ve decided to jump on the “hold a contest for self-promotion” bandwagon and hold a contest of my own. I will make a set of character place cards for the winner’s party (including the dungeon master!) written in my calligraphy and send it to the winner, anywhere in the world!

All you have to do is follow/share my Twitter/Google+/Instagram accounts! You will get one entry in the draw for following an account, and another for sharing the post. Make sure to tag your party to get them to enter, because if any of them win, you all win!

Follow me on Twitter (@MajusculeG) and share this tweet!
Follow me on Google+ (George G) and share this post!
Follow me on Instagram (@majusculeg) and like this post!

The contest will be open until Sunday the 4th of June 1200 EDT and I will announce the winner that evening.

Here is an example of what I will make for the winner and their party!

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Calligraphy – Killua Nailo

The final member of my brother’s Dungeons and Dragon’s party. Now that I am done these I really should ask him what each character actually is. Also, don’t forget that tomorrow I’ll be posting details about a contest I’ll be running to win your very own player character cards! (I apologize about the terrible picture quality, I had already mailed my brother the placecards before I realized this picture didn’t turn out too great).

Killua Nailo is perfectly average. She is of average height, average weight, average build. She has brown hair and brown eyes and you wouldn’t look at her twice if you saw her walking down the street, which is exactly what she wants. Some say she was born unassuming, others say she she made a sacrifice to a dark god to make herself forgettable. However, everyone can agree that she is a deadly assassin who you dare not cross.

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Killua Nailo