May the Second, the second-annual Star Wars RPG game here at the ranch. It was the closest day I got to “May the Fourth” where I can actually stay at home and enjoy the game.
I use the old West End Games (First Edition rules) from the early 1990’s. I used to play a bunch with some great friends in High School, but didn’t really keep up with it until my son got into my old books last year….So….
I ran an adventure for my ten-year-old son and six of his friends. It took about two hours and involved a stolen cloaking device, double crossing Pirates, Lando and Lobot, and my newest favorite character, “Lurbla, the Gamorrean Princess”.
She’s a Pirate Queen. I think I might even have a crush on her, somesow.
and for the Truly Nerdy, here’s her character sheet. (Forgive spelling errors, I was in a rush! Imperials were on my tail).
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For the background music, I recorded a bunch of lonesome guitar tracks, but Megan didn’t think any of them fit well, so she asked for something more “Spacey”. This is a track I recorded in 2011, I thought this tune had a “spaghetti-western spaced-out folk” sound, so I suggested it. She loved it. I guess it pays to keep that old experimental stuff sometimes! (Britton: Guitar and Harmonica).
And here is the preview video.
Hear all of the amazing and powerful full-length “Crossing The Threshold” stories at Drunken Telegraph.
We met by the local middle-school, where the pink cherry trees were just dropping their pedals. I had this idea that her ‘mutated blood cells‘ would blend with the graduation-springtime cherry blossoms, whirling around Kate as her ‘mutant power‘ manifested. The bright orange chemo-bag serves as the dangerous reality check, suppressing her abilities. The orange contrasting with the blue patient pants and jacket. I scanned actual hospital gowns and scrubs for her clothes. I climbed up on the fence and took some reference shots down through the cherry tree branches. I layered these ideas together, then I had to imagine her ten years younger and without her hair!
It was a powerful, and emotionally rewarding assignment, although I never heard much feedback on it. It proves to me that when an illustrations does it’s job, and serves the greater story, nobody notices it at all.
Promotional poster for the July 11th Drunken Telegraph show.
Read Megan’s Story HERE.
I put together the illustrations for our Drunken Telegraph video promo for our show April 11, 2014.
Megan and I collaborated on an essay about Hemingway’s first wife, Lisa’s lost love and what we did on Valentine’s Day. Read it here.