The Stiff: Intermission Art #8
May 21st, 2015

The Stiff: Intermission Art #8

Have I really not posted this drawing before? I feel like I must have, but I can’t find it in the archive, so…. this drawing depicts the ancient Tibetan “sky burial” ritual in which a corpse is fed to vultures, not unlike Zoroastrian burial practices. I drew the original as a gift for a friend.

I’ll be spending Friday through Sunday at FanimeCon, demoing Mangaka in the Prototype Gaming Area! The Mangaka Kickstarter has just over 72 hours left. The next time I post here, the Kickstarter will be over: back to working on other stuff, back to drawing other things. (Well, not entirely; we’ve made our goal, so there’s still going to be tons of stuff to do to get the game into production. Now it REALLY gets crazy!) We’ve looked at the budget and modified the stretch goals for the game to make them more accessible: the first stretch goal is now at $30,000 and we have approximately $27,000. We just need 40 more backers for Stretch Goal #1, which will add 32 new cards to every set of Mangaka! If you haven’t seen the video and shared the link already, now’s the time! And if you have, thanks for enduring all my tin-cup-rattling!! ;)

NEXT UPDATE: Wednesday!

My Homemade Dungeons & Dragons Class: The Priest

As you probably know, I love Dungeons & Dragons, and my favorite settings are historical (or, frankly, pseudo-historical) ones. Inspired by Scott Bennie’s amazing “Testament: Roleplaying in the Biblical Era” and by my current Ancient Mesopotamia D&D campaign, I hereby present a homebrew D&D class I’ve been working on for several months: the Priest, keeper of secrets, shepherd of the community, worshipper of idols!

The Priest is a totally unofficial, fan-created, no-relation-to-the-good-folks-at-Wizards-of-the-Coast D&D class which I’ve statted out up to 20th level, with several variant builds (chiefly the Idol Aspects through which the priest worships their god: Praisehungry, Resplendent, Mortifying, Ecstatic and Bloodthirsty). As I explain briefly in the PDF, the Priest is an attempt to transform the D&D Cleric class back into something like the archetype of the ‘mysterious high priest’ as seen in an earlier type of fantasy fiction. The Cleric is basically a crusader/undead-buster class at heart, a holy warrior, but there’s plenty of precedent in fantasy for a different type of holy character… one who’s mysterious, a master of illusion and enchantment as well as of healing, more like a wizard than a cleric. This, plus much inspiration and flavor from real-world iconodulic religions, equals the Priest!

This is something I’ve been working on for awhile, and it probably still needs more tinkering and playtesting (many thanks to Shanti, the awesomest playtester ever!). But it’s the kind of thing where you’ve got to just throw it out there and see if it sinks or swims and what people think. The Priest’s special spell focus — the idol — makes an interesting roleplaying challenge, and some campaigns might prefer to have priests as NPCs (antagonists perhaps?) rather than player characters. Do whatever you like with it, but let me know what you think! This has been a fun vanity project inspired by my love of D&D, and if you get some enjoyment out of it, and best of all can use it in your own game, I’ll be super happy. You can download it by clicking the image or clicking here.

If you like it, please also check out my Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics Kickstarter!