IMAGES FROM THE MEGAMANIA STORYHOUR AND RELATED

megamania

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I thought I would do something different. I have many Storyhours going at this point (about ten). Some are tales of the players' exploits and others are written but role / roll played by me. But I do a lot beyond that for my games. I draw, paint and even sculpt. So I thought I would share some of these images with you. I hope you enjoy them. Some I have had to edit for Grand Ma (must keep her happy after all)
 

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this will be for lists of campaigns and comics for those only wanting to see certain favorite heroes and the such.


ATHAS FAERUN
14, 15, 16

CREATION SCHEMA
35

ELDEEN HEROES

THE HIDDEN / BEYOND NEW WATER
PAGES 4 (MAP), 9, 17, 19, 32

THE HIDDEN: GAMER'S GROTTO
PAGES 3,4 (MAP),5,6,7,8, 22, 29, 30, 31

JOHN PLAY: HERO FOR HIRE
10, 20, 27

KYBER CRAWLER

MORGRAVE UNIVERSITY
21

SIBERYS SEVEN

STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI
11

UNDER A DARKSUN
18, 28

UNDER A DARKSUN B/W COMICBOOK
12 and 13

UNDER A DARKSUN COLOR COMICBOOK
23, 24, 25, 26

WAYFINDERS OF THE FLOATING TOWER
 
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megamania

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Back in Spring of 2014 I asked if I could run a campaign within the local game shop- Gamer's Grotto. The owner was pleased with the thought and had a few rules which mainly included open enrollment. This led to writing shorter micro adventures since they had to fit within a four hour time slot. I felt my campaign "The Hidden" was perfect for this format and thus my second themed storyhour about the magically displaced Xoriat was created.

To advertise the games I created flyers to advertise the games. This flyer was the first one. It features Grotto himself (not Keith).

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Speaking of The Hidden. I wanted something to stand out with this project and campaign so I decided to create a 3-D image. It is made from Foam Board, blocks of Foam, plastic pieces, Black Foam sheets for the obsidian and painted to show the water, waterfalls and cliffs.

It is one of my proudest projects I have ever done for DnD.

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Here is the advertisement for Gamer's Grotto second adventure. It introduces "Lucky" Lenni everyone's favorite gnome explorer and scholar.GAMER s GROTTO 2.jpg
 

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The third segment of the Grotto series introduces a new element to the lore of the Hidden. Dragon beetles. I was creating the Hidden I questioned why the Dragons would not intervene and stop the trainwreck that was coming. Answer- a biological weapon. Dragon Beetles have incredible senses for locating dragons and sub-types. They have an equally powerful hunger for their flesh. My poor black dragon never knew what hit him.... The Dragon Fear prophecy has come true.

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Another standard for encounters created during my Grotto time was the aberrational velociraptors. The looks on Jared's face when these stormed out of the brush :)

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I like to borrow from "real life" mythology also. I am fascinated by the concept of the Crystal Skulls. So.... why not an Obsidian Skull? We also got to go to a new area of the Hidden and see more strange things that came from the Hidden arriving. Long and tall shards of Obsidian thrust out of the ground on the Day of Nines (9/9/999) and literally ripped a large section of temple out of the swamp and into the air. It was a neat visual to me.

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When I think of The Hidden I can not help but think about my son's contribution to it's development. He created Books / Truth the warforged scholar seeking to understand the Draconic Prophecy and also learn about the complex subject of emotion. He does this by teaming up with a Silver Dragon whom also wishes to understand the Prophecy. In time, they come to feel for each other and through magic, explore a relationship. Very deep for a then 13-14 year old. Then again, that is when many boys and girls ponder the subject of the opposite sex.

It was also his idea to have his character begin to change and become more draconic in nature. This drawing I did a long time ago depicts when his armored shell is beginning to become textured (pre-scales)

I screwed up the front plate some now that I look at it again but still good.

When I was talking to him about posting images and drawings he had asked if I would do another drawing of Truth. I may since he will return.

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For something different from Eberron and the Hidden I will present another favorite of mine- John Play. The Dark Lantern gone Hero for Hire is very explosive (in this case literally). This is from John Play : Hero for Hire segment #1. He has just escaped an exploding room by leaping out the window which leads to his arriving on a bridge to attack more Emerald Claw. Regular readers of John Play may have noticed I begin each story with a flashback. As he is then an 18th level character (now 22) he has a lot of background. I look forward to exploring more of it as he looks into why his mother faked her death and hid the fact another man was his father- not Augustus. And as such he has an Aberrant Dragon Mark that gives him increased speed and strength.

I like how it came out. He is smiling and honestly enjoying himself even though he may die.

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As you may have guessed by now I enjoy comic books and they influence me greatly for style. I enjoy the overactive and exaggerated nature. So now I have an image done from my Strikeforce: Morituri Storyhour. We tried to restart this series but it is hard to do. It is Epic level adventure involving multiple and alternate universes. One included the Maestro.

The Maestro is a future based Incredible Hulk whom has become evil. To get the "Hulk" feel I had to load him up with magically enhanced items including metal gauntlets, bracers and even Ioun Stones. Someday, I still wish to return to this.

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DARKSUN was the first campaign world I ever DM'd and remains special to me. Back in the day, I really-really-really wanted to do a Darksun Comic Book. I got two pages done then took a break. This comic book and the other attempts were the beginnings of the Under A Darksun ( I and II) Storyhour.

Though old, it remains a favorite of mine as it was the first time I combined my love of Comics and of Darksun.

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below is a color book I did later and will discuss later
 

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I often take a long time from conception to actually producing an adventure. When this happens there are changes. I first came up with Athas Faerun years ago as a group that traveled to Xen'drik. After several revamps, including a started plot layout for an Eberron comic book I came with another Hidden group. I found two drawings of key characters. In both cases they changed a great deal from conception to now. Here we have the beginning stages of the Valley girl Emerald. From Green Topaz we go Emerald.

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And the one that changed the most- Shadow Rage, a full orc started as a half-orc. No dredds either.

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Seems most of my stuff is Hidden related. I suppose that is most likely because it is the most current subject and I have three Storyhours dedicated to it. Another favorite of mine is the brutish warrior Borys Grudgemaker. Nothing like a Relentless template added to a villain. I fully enjoyed writing about his "resurrection".

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I have a second Relentless figure coming to The Hidden shortly. I just used him last night for the first time and have yet to do the Storyhour. If you are a comicbook fan you may have heard of him- Gilad annipadda..... The Eternal Warrior.
 

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It has been so long I don't remember if I used this guy in my Under A Darksun. He is a Thrax villain. We have vampires.... Athas has Thrax. They suck out the moisture from your body.

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Something I love to use as a DM Tool in Eberron is the use of newspapers and publications. I date each on Mondays. I try to give hints to the current plot or foreshadow events. Sometimes it creates ideas I had not thought of before.

One of the things I like to do is have a direct connection of the storyhours and the novels. In this paper, I refer to events from two separate novels series. Each reshape the future of Eberron.

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Here I have a copy of the Sharn Inquisitive also. In it we have a nod of the head to John Play when he returns from Xen'drik with the Drow Barbarian Avireal.

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