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, 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.

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