Sold! I’ll keep the sale going until the end of the week for anybody who was thinking about picking up some artwork. Name Your Price still. See the slideshow post for available pieces. Or you know what, if you see anything on my page you like you can name your price on it and its yours with the exception for a select few. Spread the news! All the money from these sales is going directly to supples for the next big series I’m working on. I’ll be done spamming your feed and will be back with hopefully exciting work soon ✌🙏

The Tri-Weekly Most Successful Selection of YWAMag #8 : Multi-Use Court, San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala © Eric Mencher :

The Tri-Weekly Most Successful Selection of YWAMag #8 :
Multi-Use Court
, San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala © Eric Mencher :

Dungeon Design: Guiding Player Movement Part I

This is a guide to influencing your players to go where you want them to go. It’s like railroading, but more calculated and nearly invisible during a game. Here in Part 1 I am talking about purely visual properties and composition of a dungeon map. Throughout this post I am using a map from a previous dungeon my players went through. For context, it’s an ice cavern made into a lair for a clan of frost giants. Hidden somewhere within is a secret entrance to the lost tomb of a hero, which is their goal to find for this floor. Check out Part II here.

Leading the Players

Leading lines are lines that lead the players from one point of the map to another, much like in the composition of a photo or painting. Use them to less-than-subtly direct players in the direction you wish. Strong leading lines start from a large shape and end at a small shape, subconsciously simulating depth. Imagine someone pointing at a faraway object. You start at the person’s body, then arm, then finger, and finally at the direction they are pointing.

In the above image I’ve drawn out the leading lines. They are formed by the lines denoting elevated areas in the northwest room, the barrels in the northern room, the stone pillars in the eastern room, and miscellaneous objects in the southern room.

The stars on the map indicate the end goals that lead to the next level (there were two possible places in case they found one area before the other). The leading lines try to funnel players towards these goals.

Ways to create leading lines:

Actual lines: walls, barriers, elevation changes (marked by a line), floor tiling, rugs, long tables, etc.

Repeating Pattern: repeated objects that form a sequence can create a leading line.

Keep reading

Theres a common thing between pretty much all great composers: they all get music training from birth. If you look at the english language and writing in general everyone learns how to read and write as early as they can, and throughout school people learn the power of writing and how to hone their own writing style so that by the end of the education system, people are able to write some really powerful writing. Imagine if people didn’t start learning how to write until college. People would be significantly worse writers and their works would be really weird, amateur things and nothing good would happen until maybe 10 or 20 years later at the earliest. But luckily thats NOT how it is and writing is taught really early on.

So why doesn’t music get taught like that?

Musicians don’t get to get thorough knowledge of composing until college. So even after someone graduates with a composition degree, they still don’t have a very good concept of their own style and how they can write the best that they can, because they still havent gotten the chance to really discover that part of themselves, and by the time they do it will be too late becuase often they will have moved on to a different career because they think “composition isn’t their thing” while really they just havent had enough experience.

What if beethoven wouldn’t have been raised with music? What if he wouldn’t have learned how to compose until he was 18? We would be without the pieces he composed the last 18 years of his life, which historically is some of the most important music ever written to push the transition from the late classical era to the early romantic era. That entire switch between eras literally could have been delayed by almost 20 years just due to one man’s education being stalled. And the worst part? Nobody would know what they’re missing.

Luckily he had his music education throughout his entire childhood; however, there could be so many amazing composers with so much potential that will never be used because of this. We could have modern day legends who will never get published because their work won’t be “mature enough” and continuing to compose until they work up to that point just isn’t financially sound.