Nerdarchy friend and regular gamer in Nerdarchist Dave’s Gryphongaff game, Anthony Amato from Cardboard Fortress Games joined the daily live chat to talk nerdy. Amato is a graphic designer, illustrator and game designer. Along with fiance and longtime business partner Nicole Kline, they’ve created several tabletop games like RESISTOR_. He’s also contributed work to other games like Grow, designed artwork for the Tabletop Cooperative and is a regular at the Philly Game Forge’s dev night.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1wNFRC2rRI&w=560&h=315] If you're looking for fantasy, science fiction or pop culture-inspired cocktails for your next party or gaming session, your quest is complete. Derrick Schommer from Common Man Cocktails joined Nerdarchist Dave for live chat #42 to discuss recipes and a whole lot more. Schommer...
Want to know what it takes to be a writer covering nerd culture? Nerdarchist Dave welcomed journalist and writer Jim Moreno to the Daily Live Chat #41 at Nerdarchy’s YouTube channel to talk about his journey to becoming a professional writer and share tips and advice for aspiring writers.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="326" class="zemanta-img"] The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Cover art by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] I don’t normally do a shout-out for a solitary YouTube channel, especially one that is fairly new, but the channel called Comic Book University...
There seems to be a subscription box service for just about everything nowadays, from crafts to wines to all kinds of foods and more. There are even a number of different subscription boxes for the nerd or geek in all of us. But what about tabletop role playing gamers?
Before January 18, the pickings seemed pretty slim, but that was the launch date for Dungeon Crate, a monthly subscription box service with a focus on role players and the games we love.
What are subscription boxes?
So you’ve caught up on all the latest Nerdarchy videos at YouTube, and you’ve watched everything available from sr2joker, aFistfulofDice, Tabletop Gaming with Juce, and your other favorite tabletop gaming-related YouTube channels. Still, you want more. There have to be other channels out there providing helpful and fun videos for the tabletop nerd in all of us.
Below are some of the non-gaming YouTube channels I have found helpful as a player, a game master, and as a fantasy writer, and a few channels that are merely fun and could be enjoyed by all nerds. By no means should this be considered a comprehensive listing, so if I leave out one of your favorites, it is not meant as a slight. For that matter, if you’ve got a favorite channel, by all means tell us about it in the comments.
Swords, swords and more swords
I have been enjoying fantasy art since I was a boy in the 1970s. Initially I grew to recognize and love the works of Brothers Hildebrandt, Frank Frazetta, Walter Valez and Darrell K. Sweet. Most of these artists drew my attention by their fantastic work on paperback book covers. During the 1980s, I found myself drawn to newer artists, those whose works were featured in role playing material, mostly Dungeons & Dragons products and Dragon magazine. Names like Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore and Keith Parkinson became familiar to me, along with hosts of others.
Yet one artist stood out for me among all the others, that artist being Daniel R. Horne.
Fantasy Artist Spotlight – Daniel R. Horne
This past Friday, I went check-out the latest gallery show at Arch Enemy Arts in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. It was a pop surrealism show and if that sounds too highbrow, I promise it’s not- in fact, another name for the term is “lowbrow”. The movement is one of the most accessible art movements in a long time- it may sometimes use a symbolism and other high falutin visual elements, but at it’s core, it’s cool imagery that is either fantastical or might have a sly sense of humor. Beyond anything, looking at this art is sheer entertainment.
It’s time to walk the hallowed halls of my artist pantheon, this time with the imaginative work of Tony Diterlizzi. I first knew Mr. Diterlizzi’s work from his RPG artwork for 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons, primarily in the Monstrous Manual… and then- Planescape! How mind-blowing was that 2nd Edition boxed-set with it’s purple and brown tones and whimsical, yet with an aspect of danger, characters? He has contributed his pencils and brushes to RPG artwork for the fore mentioned Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, young adult book covers (“The Spiderwick Chronicles”), children’s books (“Ted” and “The Spider & The Fly”), and even a full-length young adult novel series that he wrote himself (“The Search for Wondla” series)!
So I may lose nerd cred here, but I was only just able to see the fantastic, nitrous injected film that was Mad Max Fury Road this past weekend. I don’t feel I can add much to the discussion of the cultural significance of the film, but there is one unique slant regarding the visuals that I might offer.
Fury Road explodes like an oil tanker flame-throwered and jack-knifed into the desert wastes at 60 mph with rich, detailed costumes, weapons, and vehicles- I was simply floored by how visually extravagant this film was! The many muted tones of the film giving the few instances of vibrant color an incredible punch!
It was full of dark fantasy imagery coupled with something else- maybe call it a “Rust Punk” aesthetic with all of it’s super-charged, lethal, heap of junk vehicles. For those less well-versed in dark fantasy imagery, it tends to have a more threatening and fetishized look about it. The first name that comes to mind when I think “dark fantasy” is: Gerald Brom, or to many, just simply Brom.
Last week I talked about my “art patheon” and as I’m still working on an illustration, I figured I’d take this opportunity to nerd-out over the work of Jim Henson and more specifically his collaborations with fantasy genre artist Brian Froud. While I think The Muppets are great, the work of Jim Henson Company really outdid itself when it went about creating largely practical effects fantasy films (because, you know, CGI didn’t exist back in the 80’s and Green Screen was the height of simulated special effects). On a side-note, if you’re unfamiliar with the term practical effects, they’re pretty much any special effect that happens while the camera’s filming instead of something that is being added in post production. While The Muppets exist in our world, Henson’s puppet films, “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal”, exist in unique fantasy worlds all their own.
Hello and welcome fellow Nerdarchists. I’ve got a great way for you to up your tabletop roleplaying game skills. It’s called The Lazy Dungeon Master written by Michael Shea. Don’t worry about which edition of Dungeons & Dragons you are playing. This book is useful. As a matter of fact I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest you could use nearly all of the advice given for any tabletop RPG. This book is short, sweet and packed with valuable Dungeon Master tips. If you are looking for a how to DM resource this one is at the top of my list. It weighs in at an anemic 123 pages but offers storm giant sized value. If I would have stumbled across this book there is no way I would of bought it, but because a friend recommended it I decided to give it go. At 123 pages I was thinking what the hell is this Michael Shea guy going to tell me about how to DM? I mean, I’ve been gaming for over 30 years at this point.
Hello and welcome to Nerdarchy. Nerdarchist Dave here with a special treat for you today. Nerdarchy is all about connecting people to and from the hobbies we love to each other. To that end we are creating special spot on our website where we’ll do Artist Spotlights. Whether you convey your art through the written word or creating awesome illustrations we’d love to share your work with the world.
It’s my privilege to present Joseph Garcia and sampling of his fantasy art. He also delves into Sci-Fi Genres, but today I was only able to wrestle away some of his fantasy pieces.