Crits of Future Past

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“Crits of Future Past”
Critical Role Fan Art

Have you ever wanted Vox Machina to review your creative efforts and give them a big thumbs-up? Have you ever wanted to see your art emblazoned across the chests of Critical Role fans across the world? Have you ever wanted to, like, just be in a room, one of those reserved spaces in a cool bar maybe, and have Matt and the gang sitting around you like the Last Supper, only they’re laughing at all your hilarious stories and jokes and telling you how awesome you are?

Well, anyway, we can help you with two of those things, at least.

That’s because we’re running a truly amazing contest – one where you can submit your coolest idea for a Critical Role t-shirt and possibly have that shirt offered for sale in the Geek & Sundry store. Sure, it might not be as incredible as that Last Supper situation. But we do what we can.

Of course now you’re all, “stop making dumb jokes and tell me how to enter the contest.” OK, OK, cool your jets.

HOW TO ENTER. The submission period begins now – like, as in, before you even started reading this. Just go to our contest page and submit your art (see guidelines below). The submission period ends at 11:59pm, Friday June 24. Click here to enter the contest.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. The Critical Role cast will review the entries (I know, right?!?) and choose their three favorites. They’ll announce them on the June 30th episode of Critical Role, and we’ll show them off on the screen.

THEN, VOTING BEGINS. When the finalists are announced, we’ll provide another link where people can vote for their favorite. The winning entry will be featured on a cool Critical Role t-shirt! Voting ends at 9am on July 5, and we’ll announce the winner shortly after that.

WHAT ELSE DOES THE WINNER GET? You’ll get paid! In the same we typically pay our artists and designers! We’ll discuss terms with the winner.

DUDE, DON’T WORRY. If you win, you’ll get a free shirt. We wouldn’t leave you hanging like that.

THOSE GUIDELINES WE MENTIONED. First off, you should get an idea of the G&S flavor by perusing the shirts in our online store. Entries should be smaller than 15mb in size, and should be no more than eight colors because, y’know, ink costs money. If you win, you’ll need to provide a copy of your image file that our t-shirt engineers can work with – vector PDF, Adobe Illustrator or .EPS format.

THAT CONTEST ENTRY LINK AGAIN is right here.

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All fled—all done, so lift me on the pyre

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“What is death but a traversing of eternities
and a crossing of cosmic oceans?”

Robert E. Howard
(January 22, 1906 — June 11, 1936)

I’ve said it before and many times over: no author has influenced me, not only as a writer but as a human being, more than Robert E. Howard.

Today marks the eightieth year since ol’ Two-Gun took his life in Cross Plains.

He was a giant and his candle burned bright but short. As for me, I am thankful for the words he left us and for the many more inspired by him…

Rest in Peace.

A #ConanRPG Character Sheet to tide you over

On Friday Modiphius surprised their kickstarter backers with a little taste of the Robert E. Howard’s Conan RPG.

Now we’ve already had a healthy sample via the Conan QuickStart Rules, available FREE on Drive-Thru RPG, but this was something a whole lot more —an actual chapter from the Conan Core Book.

But it wasn’t just any chapter…this was the chapter on Character Creation.

I’ve got to tell you, I think rolling up characters this weekend is the most fun I’ve ever had generating a player character. It’s well-rounded, with a lot of in-depth content that delves not only into the mental and physical aspects of the character, but their psyche as well.

This is good stuff.

Anyway, all that said and done, I decided a character record sheet was in order so I “borrowed” the stylistic elements of the recent Dungeons & Dragons 5e sheets and added some Conan Pre-Test record sheet influences.

Feel free to use it as you see fit:

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Rollin’ Thunder

dndlogoI’m sure you’ve all caught wind by now of Wizards of the Coast’s huge D&D announcements from Meltdown. I have definite interest in Volo’s Guide to Monsters. You can put that on my must-have list. The rest?

Okay, I admit, I have some interest in Storm King’s Thunder, D&D’s merger of King Lear and Against the Giants. I will assuredly pilfer the maps, npcs, and monsters for my own purposes. The story? Not so much.

Cool poster though:

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I am also somewhat keen on the batch of minis set to roll out from Wizards. Thri-kreen, Giants of all stripes, various npcs, and the like would all find a place at my table, without a doubt. I’ll keep an eye on them as they hit ebay and cherry pick the lot.

No interest in Neverwinter coming to PS4.

I am cautiously eyeing Force Grey, the latest Wizards actual play, DMed by Matthew Mercer. I am unabashedly a huge fan of Mercer’s Critical Role, but the majority of these Force Grey players have me nervous.

For one thing, I’m not that into newbies playing the game for my entertainment. It’s why I couldn’t make it through Titansgrave ot Chris Perkins’ Dice, Camera, Action! Too much time spent by Perkins’ telling people how to play their character or Wheaton fumbling awkwardly through the same issues on his show.

GiantFrostAdmittedly, Mercer has to do a bit of steering of the Crit Crew on occasion, but it’s nowhere near as bad as Perkins or Wheaton faced.

I’ll give it a shot.

Of course I’m all in for Acquisitions Inc (and the Harmonquest Pathfinder show).

It sure does seem there’s a whole bunch of actual plays going on. When they’re done right, it’s far better than most tv out there and I find it helpful for players by showing them another way of getting into character. It encourages better roleplay.. and that’s a bloody good thing.

So, anyway, those are my thoughts.

RuneDeathMore D&D is a good thing. I haven’t loved any of Wizards’ seasons so far, but I haven’t hated any of them either. They’re still putting out a quality product and pacing the splat.

I think they’re doing all right, overall.

Do I wish I had a voice in it? Yeah, in a way I do, but I love the groups I’m in now and that’s more than enough challenge for me…