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27th-Dec-2004 02:27 pm
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Other than Elfwood, is there anywhere you commonly get quick pieces of art to use as visuals for your games? I'm an artist myself but I normally don't have the two hours to make a portrait for every NPC and monster.

Also, do any of you actually use music as a way to set a mood for a certain event in a game? I've thought about using music, but I'm not sure how effective it would be.
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27th-Dec-2004 11:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Crap! My sock's on fire!!!
LOL! I never even thought of putting a sock over a bulb, but that's pretty damn funny!

I've been thinking about busting out the million candles we got for Christmas with some new age music and seeing if that sets the mood, especially since we're having a druid cabal occuring in the next session. ^_^
27th-Dec-2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'll check out the fantasy art section at deviantArt. Some artist may want you ask before using their images but I'm sure most don't mind since it just for a game. Also useing google image search is a great way to find pics.

I've tried to use music by my friends never agree and want to play their own music so at this point I think it's best not to bother with it. Some times the best mood setting is how the DM is telling the story.
27th-Dec-2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
ARGH typo demons.
I mean I would check out deviantArt.
http://www.deviantart.com/
27th-Dec-2004 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the advice!
28th-Dec-2004 12:06 am (UTC)
you could also try epilogue.net they have a wide variety of pictures that's where i usually go to get mine i ain't been there in a while though. as for the music if your gonna use music look into the LOTR sound tracks or star wars. those usually have good tracks for RPGs it's what i use
28th-Dec-2004 12:23 am (UTC)
Also, look up such artists as achilleos, brom, royo, and others in google. Just make sure to give artists credit if you use their pictures.
28th-Dec-2004 04:58 am (UTC)
I actually spend hours of free time for my campaigns editing music I've recorded off of Internet radio stations so that Winamp will loop it until we're done with that section of the adventure. Works pretty well, and really gets my players pumped for battles. I've found that sometimes the music I have on hand decides more what will occur than things I've planned ahead of time.
28th-Dec-2004 09:18 am (UTC)
Sound effects and music can be quite effective. One thing that I've used was to put the music and sound effects from a crpg(Neverwinter Nights, and Baldur's Gate specifically) onto a CD and use them.
Lighting can be good for mood, but has a problem in that it can be difficult to see character sheets,GM notes etc.
Baldur's Gate and it's fan sites are useful for NPC pics too, the portraits it uses in game, and the add on ones people have made, are often pretty appropriate.
28th-Dec-2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
For Christmas, my brother got me a few nature CD's because I enjoy listening to them while I read, but it dawned on me that these could be used as a more immersive method to get people in the mood. Thunderstorms, Ocean Surf, the sound of a stream or a deep forest. I became inspired just listening to them.
29th-Dec-2004 12:24 am (UTC)
Google Image search!
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