How can you improve your creativity wih Tabletop Rpgs? / by Mathieu Vaillancourt

Once upon a Game Master...

Playing tabletop rpgs is a great way to improve imagination and creativity with your art. Since I started being a Game Master 2 years ago, I am more free to improvise ideas and when I think about new concepts and I need cool ideas, I just have to recall my last sessions or campaigns. As a Game Master I have to create a story, characters, creatures, etc, etc. But I am not alone doing that. The players with their characters give their grain of salt to the game and help me make my imaginary better. Without them, my inspiration from Tabletop rpgs would be nothing extraordinary. My players probably don't know how much they contribute to my art in a certain way.

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Key to the game

The first game I bought was in 2013 and it's called Mythic Fantasy Role-Playing game ( MYFAROG ). The creator of this game is the notorious black metal artist Varg Vikernes. The 1.0 Edition came out on October 31 for Halloween.  The lore of this game is set in a Pre-Christian Europe with fantasy elements like magic and gods.  This is really inspiring for creating Norse Fantasy illustrations and unreal Nordic nature landscapes. The Edition 1 is limited to 500 so I consider myself really lucky to have two of them signed and dedicated with my name. The second edition is available on Amazon and it is at a ridiculous low price and less complicated than the 1E. When you look at games like Dungeon & Dragon and you see the price of the books, you will have stomach pain you can be sure ha ha ha! I would like to add that whatever people have been saying about this game being homophobic or racist, I can tell you that this is untrue and that they are only doing this to give the author a bad reputation, solely because of his political views and his past. It's Fantasy for Baldr's sake!

Iä! Iä! Cthulhu's RPG!

I am currently working on a series about the Cthulhu Mythos. My illustrations are inspired by the writings of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, but what gave me the kick to start this series is the tabletop RPG Call of Cthulhu, created by Chaosium Inc. I bought the 7E a few weeks ago and after reading the main book, I became really excited about drawing my own version of the elder gods. The ideas are flowing in my head and I did not even start playing yet!

Art made from dices

Since I have started playing this type of games, I don't have artist's block anymore. I think I found the perfect tool for creating new concepts and ideas. If you often suffer artistic block, I gladly recommend you starting playing tabletop rpgs. It is a good way to make friends and find people liking the same thing as you. Most of the games have illustrations so you will have art books and at the same time games. It is a win-win situation.


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