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My favorite of those was the first one- the perspective and details are just so evocative.
 

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I really, really like this one, so I went looking for other work by the artist. Seems he's a concept artist at Blizzard.


Among his art on there is a series called "Visions of Earthsea". Please, please, dear God, no. Just no. Those books are too sacred to be made into a video game.
That was my favorite of those three, too. (Partly because it doesn't require a modern city in a fantasy world, or magic that lifts entire cities into the sky.)

Thanks for the link to his other work. (I was looking through the thumbnails and not as interested until I noticed the house from the one above, then realized that those are all square thumbnails of larger art! Naturally, the full images tend to be more interesting scenes, or whole collections of sketches.)

Though the image posted here seems most real to me, and most likely to be something that might exist in one of my campaigns.
 

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it doesn't require a modern city in a fantasy world
How did you get that it was a fantasy world? I thought it was post-apocalyptic or something along those lines.
 

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How did you get that it was a fantasy world? I thought it was post-apocalyptic or something along those lines.
Horsemen and wolves, and there being a maze-like surface level, and "hellish"-looking fires from deep below. Suggests to me a fantasy setting where the ancient history is like modern industrial tech, though the current generation may not realize it.

My perspective looking at images tends to be from a potential fantasy campaign perspective. My campaigns are almost all mostly fantasy worlds, and even though some of them have post-higher-tech elements in them, it's not generally modern cities. I also look at things from a post-apoc or sci fi perspective when applicable, but I rarely run RPGs in those settings, and when I do, it rarely matches anyone's sci fi art unless it were from some established setting that I also wanted to run.
 

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Horsemen and wolves, and there being a maze-like surface level, and "hellish"-looking fires from deep below. Suggests to me a fantasy setting where the ancient history is like modern industrial tech, though the current generation may not realize it.

My perspective looking at images tends to be from a potential fantasy campaign perspective. My campaigns are almost all mostly fantasy worlds, and even though some of them have post-higher-tech elements in them, it's not generally modern cities. I also look at things from a post-apoc or sci fi perspective when applicable, but I rarely run RPGs in those settings, and when I do, it rarely matches anyone's sci fi art unless it were from some established setting that I also wanted to run.
I guess since I run those types of campaigns, I look at it as totally different- horses are the primary mode of transportation in a world where the city had deteriorated to this extent, and wolves can be a common predator depending on where you are.
 

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I guess since I run those types of campaigns, I look at it as totally different- horses are the primary mode of transportation in a world where the city had deteriorated to this extent, and wolves can be a common predator depending on where you are.
Sure.

An interesting thing about that image, is that the top level, and some of the lower parts, seem to have been built to allow travel in ways that look fairly organic, but probably would not have been a part of the original city design, with staircases, bridges, ramps and paths apparently added to allow getting around from place to place. So I wonder who did that, how the area has been used more recently, how many of the lower levels are used in what ways, etc.

And what is all that burning stuff down below about?
 

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I really, really like this one, so I went looking for other work by the artist. Seems he's a concept artist at Blizzard.


Among his art on there is a series called "Visions of Earthsea". Please, please, dear God, no. Just no. Those books are too sacred to be made into a video game.
That one spawned a three year campaign with me mangling Victorian and Celtic mythology into a vague D&D framework. Had fun.
 

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Defining the Setting is alway the cornerstone of the chronicle. It helps you define what could happen and how it forms.
Here are some inspiring science fiction ideas....

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This is climate protection for a city area. It looks all nice, but we know things are happening behind. Any number of sci fi (even cyberpunk) chronicles can be set here.

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Enough old earth imported to an orbital ring.... Of course the old has baggage that comes with it.

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New City in with the old. Clean and psuedoplanned, but things under it.
 

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I wasn't going to post anything to this thread for a couple of days... but here I found something... I have seen bits and pieces, but found a concise collection of information and pictures in one article (title is linked):

The ultimate vision for Grand Prix racing': McLaren reveals futuristic electric race car for 2050 featuring AI co-pilot and SELF-HEALING tyres

  • McLaren has unveiled their exciting take on the future of Formula One with the 2050: the MCLExtreme
  • The daring and revolutionary race car design features an on-board AI co-pilot as well as self-healing tyres
  • Researchers also assessed driver developments, tracks of the future and the overall fan experience in 2050

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Okay, this is a chronicle in my mind. I have wanted to play Speed Racer since before RPGs were invented (saw it in 1970, gaming really started in these parts in 1975). Continuum (Not C0ntinuum... but Convergence Point v1.0) had racing rules just because of the cartoon. This love once again surfaced with the Speed Racer Movie (follow this link to the trailer...) which is a total homage and update to the phase 1/ early anime cartoon. v2.0 has better vehicle rules and race rules.

Now we could do a high tech modern racing game with cool abilities (without pushing the reality line too far). It could be racing drama, espionage, crime fighting, and other elements.
 

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I wasn't going to post anything to this thread for a couple of days... but here I found something... I have seen bits and pieces, but found a concise collection of information and pictures in one article (title is linked):

The ultimate vision for Grand Prix racing': McLaren reveals futuristic electric race car for 2050 featuring AI co-pilot and SELF-HEALING tyres

  • McLaren has unveiled their exciting take on the future of Formula One with the 2050: the MCLExtreme
  • The daring and revolutionary race car design features an on-board AI co-pilot as well as self-healing tyres
  • Researchers also assessed driver developments, tracks of the future and the overall fan experience in 2050

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Okay, this is a chronicle in my mind. I have wanted to play Speed Racer since before RPGs were invented (saw it in 1970, gaming really started in these parts in 1975). Continuum (Not C0ntinuum... but Convergence Point v1.0) had racing rules just because of the cartoon. This love once again surfaced with the Speed Racer Movie (follow this link to the trailer...) which is a total homage and update to the phase 1/ early anime cartoon. v2.0 has better vehicle rules and race rules.

Now we could do a high tech modern racing game with cool abilities (without pushing the reality line too far). It could be racing drama, espionage, crime fighting, and other elements.
Ha we just rewatched the Speed Racer movie last week with the kids and I still love it. What a great flick!
 

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Really, it looks like the greatest criminal gang ever assembled.
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All it took was one event in the mid 40s. A Shadow Sider who was traced back to the Communist Russians was sent to infiltrate and kill several key Americans including the President. (Sure the news called him a spy and master of infiltration and disguise.) This prompted the Valid Identification Act, a crackdown on people without perfect conventional identities. It included making it illegal to hire anyone without running them through the government database (to prevent them from building an ID and to allow for proper taxation). The regular gate points (hotels, renting things/places, use of lines of credit (proto credit cards), voting, hiring, toll roads, and entering certain areas of the country near bases) made checking the ID a regular thing. In Wartime the penalties for violations (as the card user and card checker) were stiff (softened post-war). (Also let us note: This changed the Alliances in the Wars and made the Cold War Frigid for decades.)

Now Modernization had already made it harder for Shadow Siders to move through society. You could not just pick up (okay run) and move somewhere else and start over anymore. Papers were needed. References were checked. Licenses. The police in one state or country got the records of your suspicious activity in another (Oh wanted for questioning because of an assault... and hey a lot like this one....) And if you were already dead (legally), sometimes that followed you around too. There were only so many things you could do through the mail and the Valid ID act made your relationship with a lawyer or accountant a gate point.

More so than ever, Shadow Siders were shoved farther and farther into the edges, of Human Society. While often forced, simply by the need to feed, into the criminal edge of Human Society, most Shadow Siders just wanted to "get by" and not cause (extra) problems.

The Mafias and Gangs which were mostly loyal citizens during the war, returned to their criminal ways post war. They were used to being pushed around by Mr. Monday (a slang term for "good citizens" who work m-f.) and not fitting in because they were Irish or Italian or Asian. Well, who does not fit in like a Shadow Sider? More and more Shadow Siders had to resort to crime and working for organized crime gangs just to get by. (Werewolf Hitters. Lab Born Muscle. Plans from the Jar Heads. Ghosts who can thieve. Guys who could tackle a truck and roll it over and were immune to cop bullets. More and more gangs could "appreciate" and use their special talents. Shadow Siders (Mr Shadows) became the secret weapon against the Cops and the FBI. (And because of the Valid ID act and the American Employment Status act, they could only hire people with valid and non-special identity cards/ numbers.... so they could not get their own Shadow Siders.)

Most worked for organized crime. A few eventually struck out on their own. They became infamous in the annals of crime. And eventually, Shadow Siders changed from legends and rumors into unconcealable facts.
 
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I missed the Airwolf jokes.

I have only seen a few small parts of Airwolf and Blue Thunder - enough to think they were hilariously bad. But that Bulgarian may have been a fan.

If I were to run it, I'd want to use realistic rules, not pew pew helicopter fantasy.

It sounds like the Bulgarian may be some sort of racist kook though, so I'd change that too.

My vigilante multi-millionaire would probably do something like hunt wildlife poachers in Africa.

And it might be funny to put the Airwolf theme on loudspeakers like in Apocalypse Now while attacking them.
 

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My vigilante multi-millionaire would probably do something like hunt wildlife poachers in Africa.

Normally my response to this is the joke line:
There are 571 billionaires in the United States and none of them are trying to become Batman.

So while I was looking up the number of billionaires I found this.

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A millionare did:

Leonard B. Robinson (September 28, 1963 – August 16, 2015) was an American charity worker who became known as the Baltimore Batman after dressing up as Batman and visiting children in Baltimore, Maryland-area hospitals.

Not quite the crime fighter, but okay. I need a new line.
 
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This piece is (edit pieces are) supposed to inspire your characters. We will build details around them.
Urban Fantasy? Realistic Magical Girls/ Mystic Warriors? Idols (or just the hottest girls in the prefecture)?



Witchy Girl Vibe


Another magical Vive


Sometimes, magic is not enough... unless the sword is spirit inhabited.

 
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This piece is (edit pieces are) supposed to inspire your characters. We will build details around them.
Urban Fantasy? Realistic Magical Girls/ Mystic Warriors? Idols (or just the hottest girls in the prefecture)?



Witchy Girl Vibe


Another magical Vive


Sometimes, magic is not enough... unless the sword is spirit inhabited.

Funny., through all the time I did archery, I never thought to do it in high heels!?

Maybe I just didn't have the legs to do heels justice, or maybe it was because I couldn't be bothered shaving them.
Hairy legs and heels is such a turn off.
 

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Hairy legs and heels is such a turn off.
Fully or nearly opaque tights, usually with control tops. Covers a multitude of sins.

One of my first martial arts instructors (Kempo) would have us do a training session in street clothes every few weeks. Upon occasion, he would have us "dress up" in "disposable finest". Because if you were going to be jumped in the real world, odds on it would be when you were in a different from your usual area doing things different from normal. So every combat art since then (JKD, Aikido, fencing, and archery) I tend to flaunt uniform code and do practice now and again in normal(ish) clothes. (In Aikido, the instructor actually thought it was a good idea.)
 

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Ok, so I put "Woman with a bow and arrows, doing archery in killer high heels. Has Hairy legs. But has the legs to do it justice" into an AI art program, and got . . . this:
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Great, huh?
 

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Ok, so I put "Woman with a bow and arrows, doing archery in killer high heels. Has Hairy legs. But has the legs to do it justice" into an AI art program, and got . . . this:
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Great, huh?
I understand that AI art can win awards....

Why don't you enter it in a local art competition?

On a more relevant to the thread question -. What sort of campaign would be inspired by this - its got to be something dream related.
 
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