Ben Rimes is a Monster

The first week of ds106 is coming to a close, and I needed to finish my design work for the week. I clicked on "try a random assignment" and got the D&D Monster Manual assignment. I've never played Dungeons & Dragons, but the imagination and storytelling that go into the game are very attractive. (On a side note, if you're near South Bend, I'd love to learn how to play some time.)

As Ben Rimes is 100% responsible for introducing me to ds106, it was only fitting that he become my monster.

He's a little trickster...

Watch out, or you're in a world of hurt.

This project took me a long time because the mage I pulled was just a line drawing. I also had to re-learn how to select out different parts of the image as layers to get clean colors. To add to the complexity, I had to play with the fill opacity and style to get the grainy look. I'm not 100% happy with the color in the lettering, but it would have been too hard to read if I had done it lighter. Finally, GIMP's fonts aren't so wonderful. But, GIMP does tie into my Mac's system fonts, so I went online and grabbed one for the front from fonts101.com, and Dosis for the back from Google's Web Font repository. Both free, both now living on my computer for use whenever I want.

The story part was a lot of fun. I had to do a lot of research into how D&D actually works with monsters (and I'm still not sure I got it right), but thinking up how it would act based on how I know Ben was a fun extension. There's probably also some kind of backstory in there that I might come back to some day.

If you want to grab the .xcf files, here's the front, and then the reverse.

6 thoughts on “Ben Rimes is a Monster

  1. Jim Groom says:

    Man, this is amazing, your stuff has been top shelf from day 1. Also, I love how much fun you are having with Ben, who has been a crucial bridge between the #ds106 community and K12. What I really love about your work, more generally, is the ability to tell a story in a voice across assignments, it’s pretty awesome, I am fan—but you give Ben Rimes way to much power in this character, his hit points/damage can’t be that high in actuality! :)

  2. Brian Short says:

    I will continue to follow your blog because it is awesome, although you came close to losing me with the whole “I never played d&d thing.”

    Next thing, you’re going to claim you never fought a remhorraz.

    Please.

  3. […] of assignments last week alone! He even completed a special assignment for yours truly, entitled Ben Rimes is a Monster. I know, some of you may be confused…how is that a good thing? It’s DS106, it’s […]

  4. Ben says:

    In addition to being kicked out of ds106 by some megalomaniac back in 2011, I know have the honor of being made into a monster for the course, I love it! And I love that I’m a Final Fantasy Black Mage too!

    I couldn’t help but pyscho-analyze myself as I was reading your characterization of my interactions across the web. I think you actually nailed me dead to rights, especially sniffing out weakness and bravado, a power that I don’t think I always use for good. Thanks for turning me into a D & D Monster, I heart #ds106 friends!

  5. […] in D&D monster assignments, I went ahead and made one featuring tech innovators and experts Ben Rimes and Brian Bennett, both of whom did DS106 Monstrous Manual assignments featuring either non-D&D […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *