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    Crazy. I had a few friends try to get through the Mage corebook, and a good friend of mine swears by the system... but I dunno, I guess I'm too used to playing with powergamers to want to play that system. They'd seek-and-exploit loopholes while I was sleeping, or something.

    Powergamers don't sleep. They plot.
    I can't argue against knee-jerk preconceptions, I'm sorry D: I'll just give you some factoids:

    - Mage is a game about having Ultimate Cosmic Power(tm)
    - Mages are very clearly on the top of the supernatural food chain, and are meant to be. One Mage splatbook outright states that the Seers of the Throne, a group comprising about 20% of all Mages, could end the world if they put their minds to it.
    - Wisdom is the huge limiter on Mages and the challenge isn't solving problems, it's solving problem in a way that isn't stupid. The game's theme is Hubris - you know, applying your Ultimate Cosmic Power to something you're not supposed to apply it towards.
    - My Mage house rules could fit on a palm card and don't significantly change the nature of the game.

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    When I became an artist, I swore to only use my powers for evil.
    So you're going to help decorating sacrificial altars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanqol View Post
    - Mage is a game about having Ultimate Cosmic Power(tm)
    - Mages are very clearly on the top of the supernatural food chain, and are meant to be. One Mage splatbook outright states that the Seers of the Throne, a group comprising about 20% of all Mages, could end the world if they put their minds to it.
    - Wisdom is the huge limiter on Mages and the challenge isn't solving problems, it's solving problem in a way that isn't stupid. The game's theme is Hubris - you know, applying your Ultimate Cosmic Power to something you're not supposed to apply it towards.
    - My Mage house rules could fit on a palm card and don't significantly change the nature of the game.
    I dunno. I guess Ultimate Cosmic Power doesn't really appeal to me.

    But Vulcan is still my favorite.
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    I think the distinction needs to be made, here.
    Potentially, it's fine that Ultimate Cosmic Power doesn't interest you. Because that's not what the game is about.

    The game is about having Ultimate Cosmic Power. It's about the consequences, about those lines you will and won't cross. It's about the disfunctional politics of the guys who supposedly aren't opposed to you and those who very much are. It's about the sorry state of the world and knowing why it's really like that and having the potential to legitimately and significantly change that. If the people who like it this way don't, you know, get you first.

    Also about the pseudo-sentient tear in reality getting all up in your world with it's horrible, crazy manifestations and then fixing them in equally weird ways. (We recently closed an Abyssal manifestation by staging a heartwarming Thanksgiving Special in a rundown crack-house and it made perfect sense).

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    The good folks over on SA helpfully upgraded my Sal picture. One of them even took it as his avatar:

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    Some-where...

    ...some-where I found a dragon, sleeping 'neath a tree. The ground was dappled with leafy shade, and pears hung from its canopy.

    And I said to myself...

    "If I found a slender dragon, on the roots a'napping, I'd give him a basket of lolly pops, each one still in its wrapping."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Story Time View Post
    Some-where...

    ...some-where I found a dragon, sleeping 'neath a tree. The ground was dappled with leafy shade, and pears hung from its canopy.

    And I said to myself...

    "If I found a slender dragon, on the roots a'napping, I'd give him a basket of lolly pops, each one still in its wrapping."


    Well that's way better than the abomination I was going to draw tonight.

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    ...it's...it's nice. Subtle. Good head and nose proportions.

    ...deliciously black.

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    Day 526: Drinking Debauchery

    Jayden is very close to manoeuvring every single NPC in her game into a giant bloodbath, where all her problems solve each other. She's still working on the part where she's alive at the end of it.

    Have a thing. Sorry for the blur, only did it in H.

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    Day 527: Lantern Archon

    I couldn't think up a cool interpretation that wasn't a copy of the other cool interpretations I've seen. This worked out mediocre.

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    ...pretty. The canopy of the archon really draws at the attention. Also, Thanqol appears to be improving with glyphs. My immediate wish for improvement would be a few more splashes of white in the middle...for uniformity.


    I've wanted to play an archon, including lantern types, but haven't been able to yet.

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    I couldn't think up a cool interpretation that wasn't a copy of the other cool interpretations I've seen. This worked out mediocre.

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    Ooh! I like that one.
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    I couldn't think up a cool interpretation that wasn't a copy of the other cool interpretations I've seen. This worked out mediocre.
    Oh well... There are only so many ways you can draw a floating orb of light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Story Time View Post
    ...pretty. The canopy of the archon really draws at the attention. Also, Thanqol appears to be improving with glyphs. My immediate wish for improvement would be a few more splashes of white in the middle...for uniformity.


    I've wanted to play an archon, including lantern types, but haven't been able to yet.
    Good point, thanks. I won't mention how after-thought-y the glyphs were.

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    Ooh! I like that one.
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    Thank you. I dedicate today's picture to you!

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    Though it pains me to see any airship go up in flames, it's a good sketch nonetheless.
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    Kyeudo, I've tried a few times and I can't figure out how to do the pose you want for the Faceless Prince in any way which doesn't look stupid. You're going to have to provide me with a reference photograph.

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    Though it pains me to see any airship go up in flames, it's a good sketch nonetheless.
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    Day 529: Hound Archon
    "...born in the high-lands of Scotland four hundred years ago. I am immortal..."

    ...and he's so well drawn!

    If I didn't want to play an archon so much I'd hire him as a body-guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Story Time View Post
    "...born in the high-lands of Scotland four hundred years ago. I am immortal..."

    ...and he's so well drawn!

    If I didn't want to play an archon so much I'd hire him as a body-guard.
    Hee! Thanks.

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    Good gracious, I tried out the airbrush for sketching and it's fantastic! I'm going to be trying this out at length. Have some conspiracy theory and face practise, looking at goofy expressions

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    Oh my god, get out of my head. I just woke up from a nightmare involving Batman, check my subs, and I find this. :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by nersxe View Post
    Oh my god, get out of my head. I just woke up from a nightmare involving Batman, check my subs, and I find this. :|

    There isn't enough pokerface in the world to describe how I feel.
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    Day 531: Vulcan Mrk 2

    ...Victorian high collar...fan frame cotton tie...and a matching tweed vest-coat...with bell-bottoms...?????????

    Good face. Almost perfect glasses. The shirt...looks like a stiff suit. I'm not sure how to draw, "puffy fabric," but I recommend that. Also some ruffles down near the wrists would be appropriate. The wrist of the fabric tends to be more narrow than the shoulder while the elbow is the widest.

    The hands... Well, we all could use more practice with hands. Including me. It's a relatively nice sketch. I'm sure I don't have to point out all of the proportion inconsistencies.

    ...sorry to be so picky this time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Story Time View Post
    ...Victorian high collar...fan frame cotton tie...and a matching tweed vest-coat...with bell-bottoms...?????????

    Good face. Almost perfect glasses. The shirt...looks like a stiff suit. I'm not sure how to draw, "puffy fabric," but I recommend that. Also some ruffles down near the wrists would be appropriate. The wrist of the fabric tends to be more narrow than the shoulder while the elbow is the widest.

    The hands... Well, we all could use more practice with hands. Including me. It's a relatively nice sketch. I'm sure I don't have to point out all of the proportion inconsistencies.

    ...sorry to be so picky this time...
    The hands were originally enormous gorilla mitts that I hacked partially down to size. Thanks for the feedback, really, pickiness helps put things in perspective and if I stare at a thing for an hour I lose track of the big picture.
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    Day 531: Vulcan Mrk 2
    The top half of her outfit is good; looks like it's tailored, which tells me she's either got money or did at one time. She's not a 'perfect hourglass', which is good because most women aren't (despite many artists wanting them to be either hourglass or incredibly top-heavy).

    Something about the pose looks wrong to me. I could see it as a transitional pose (one between standing and sitting), but she looks like she's staying in that pose at least long enough to manipulate whatever symbol it is she's manipulating, and it looks uncomfortable.

    I have to agree about the bellbottoms, though. Victorians did not wear bellbottoms, friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nersxe View Post
    The top half of her outfit is good; looks like it's tailored, which tells me she's either got money or did at one time. She's not a 'perfect hourglass', which is good because most women aren't (despite many artists wanting them to be either hourglass or incredibly top-heavy).

    Something about the pose looks wrong to me. I could see it as a transitional pose (one between standing and sitting), but she looks like she's staying in that pose at least long enough to manipulate whatever symbol it is she's manipulating, and it looks uncomfortable.

    I have to agree about the bellbottoms, though. Victorians did not wear bellbottoms, friend.
    The victorians may not have, but plenty of people in the 60's/70's did and likely some did so with smart shirts and waistcoats.

    Certainly more than women wearing trousers (tailored or otherwise) in Victorian Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiki Snakes View Post
    The victorians may not have, but plenty of people in the 60's/70's did and likely some did so with smart shirts and waistcoats.

    Certainly more than women wearing trousers (tailored or otherwise) in Victorian Times.
    Oh, sure, Victorian women wearing trousers I knew about; I wasn't trying to say she shouldn't wear pants at all. I had no idea that people in the 60s/70s wore bellbottoms with that kind of shirt, though.
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    Oh, sure, Victorian women wearing trousers I knew about; I wasn't trying to say she shouldn't wear pants at all. I had no idea that people in the 60s/70s wore bellbottoms with that kind of shirt, though.
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    Heya, Thanqol, long time no see. Looks like your art quality has increased since I've been gone.
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    Go check out Ask Foxglove. It's full of stars adorable and awesome. She still owes me art....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nersxe View Post
    The top half of her outfit is good; looks like it's tailored, which tells me she's either got money or did at one time. She's not a 'perfect hourglass', which is good because most women aren't (despite many artists wanting them to be either hourglass or incredibly top-heavy).

    Something about the pose looks wrong to me. I could see it as a transitional pose (one between standing and sitting), but she looks like she's staying in that pose at least long enough to manipulate whatever symbol it is she's manipulating, and it looks uncomfortable.

    I have to agree about the bellbottoms, though. Victorians did not wear bellbottoms, friend.
    *Nod nod* Thanks for the feedback.

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    It has! Good to see you too.

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    "You expect me to waste precious man-power...because you smelled some-thing weird coming from a gutter vane?"


    That's an hilarious expression! The facial hair could be more...prolific...

    And I wonder if the bumps/points of hair could be less sharp / pronounced. Of course, I've never seen Phoenix Wright. The, um...epaulettes should be balanced. The one on the left is a bit...squeenched.

    At any rate, this one's not too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanqol View Post
    Kyeudo, I've tried a few times and I can't figure out how to do the pose you want for the Faceless Prince in any way which doesn't look stupid. You're going to have to provide me with a reference photograph.
    I couldn't locate anything similar to what I was thinking, so you are probably right that the pose looks stupid. How about something like this instead?
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