Time on my hands since you’ve been away, boy I ain’t got no plans, no no no no And the sound of the rain against my windowpane Is slowly, slowly driving me insane Boy, I’m going down I’m going down ‘Cause you ain’t around, baby My whole world’s upside down Sleep don’t come easy, boy please believe me Since you’ve been gone, everything going wrong Why’d you have to say goodbye? Look what you’ve done to me I can’t stop these tears from falling form my eyes… If I can’t give my love to you, I’m so blue - “I’m Going Down” by Rose Royce
In a weird coincidence, @parisianqueen ended her Friday night Ravenloft campaign around the same time.
Arella played her longtime character Prianna Rein in my campaign.
I played my longtime character Rose Royce in hers.
After 30+ sessions in both games, both of our characters managed to survive the gothic perils of Barovia and beyond. Despite throwing harrowing challenge after harrowing challenge at each other for almost two years, our characters lived.
For my own part, ending a campaign prematurely is always a bit of a downer. As a DM you feel like you’re letting players down. Their characters’ stories aren’t gonna get the wrap up or closure you or they might feel they deserve, and that always sucks.
But, you’ve got to do what you gotta do. Sometimes games don’t last, and scheduling a consistent block of time every week when you have an in-flux schedule can be next to impossible.
I’m grateful to my many players who stuck with my game week after week, putting up with all my weird shenanigans. I’m grateful to have gotten a chance to play in @parisianqueen‘s D&D game. I’ve got stories from that game that will likely stick with me for the rest of my life.
My only regret is not getting the chance to have Rose go all ‘full demon’ on some people. I made some concept art and everything.
On this day in music history: September 19, 1976 - “Car Wash - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is released. Produced by Norman Whitfield, it is recorded at Sound Factory West and Amigo Recording Studio in Los Angeles, CA from Early - Mid 1976. The nineteen track double LP features all original material written and produced by Norman Whitfield and is performed by the R&B/Funk band Rose Royce. The album is the debut release for the band originally known as Total Concept Unlimited. Whitfield is contacted by “Cooley High” film director Michael Schultz who is looking for someone to score his new film. The producer uses the opportunity to launch his new band, also tailoring new songs he’s written to be used in the film. The soundtrack to the low budget comedy (starring Franklin Ajaye, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin) is a runaway smash, spinning off three hit singles including “I Wanna Get Next To You” (#3 R&B, #10 Pop), “I’m Going Down” (#10 R&B, #70 Pop), and the title track which hits #1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1996, and is reissued on vinyl in 2015. “Car Wash” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fourteen on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
More whining from nerds against the idea of fat elves.
I’ve gotten a bunch of hate and stupidity in my asks because of this post. These are the asks I wanted to answer and address, either because there’s something worth talking about…or they’re so stupid I can’t get them out of my head.
I made a gif to explain.
Why do I draw fat characters?
Mostly just because I want to.
Partly because overweight and plus-sized characters aren’t well represented in fantasy art, regardless of the gaze, other than with villains. And don’t get me wrong, fat villains are totally cool, but it sucks that fat and villainy are often synonymous in fantasy/RPG art.
Partly because there’s something aestetically interesting about plus sized characters in an industry (the fantasy TRPG industry) that gets by almost exclusively with “idealized” thin and muscular bodies. I crave diversity.
Almost everything in D&D and fantasy is unrealistic. That’s why it’s fantasy. Elves aren’t real, magic doesn’t exist, adventuring itself doesn’t make sense in a mash-up culture of European feudalism and North American frontier culture.
If fat adventurers somehow break your immersion in a fantasy world, you have a weak-ass basic imagination.
“Why draw Rose as fat?”
Storywise, Rose is fat because she’s a half-elf dilettante. The half-elf part of her means her halfling heritage plays a big part in her body type and her appetite; she’s short and fat. As a dilettante she’s rich enough to want for nothing, but she also doesn’t have the obligations of a proper elven noble. So she parties a lot. She drinks, she eats a lot, she attends balls, lounges in salons and solars. That kind of life catches up with you, and Rose and her peers aren’t especially bothered by it.
There’s also a design aspect to her size and figure. Most elves in media, women and men, are slender and waifish. It’s a tired silhouette that leads to a lot of very samey character designs. You’ve seen one blonde or ginger wood elf in leather amour, you’ve seen them all. It’s boring! So, Rose has a design and silhouette that sets her apart visually from almost every other elf.
We’re at a point now where there’s so much “generic fantasy” art out there that when you buy a new RPG, there’s no excuse for the art to be boring or uninteresting. And I feel like character body types have a role to play in that.
“Why play Rose as fat?”
I don’t play D&D or other TRPGs to play physically idealized wish fulfillment/self-insert characters. If that’s your thing, cool. It’s not mine.
I play and depict Rose the way I do because I think the combination of her physical and emotional traits are interesting and can lead to some novel stories and encounters. I also think that her physicality (both short and fat) as an ‘elf’ is fun to play with because it plays against type, and that’s both valuable at the table and amusing in of itself.
Finally, obese does not equal ugly. These two things are not synonymous and do not have to be synonymous.
That…just might be the stupidest and most hateful thing I’ve ever been told.
I’m serious. My face scrunches up every time I read it. It’s both bafflingly ignorant and close-minded, but also hilariously dumb.