Blogs I love: Buccaneer's Guild
Iain Norman, @teknohippy, writes a great blog called Buccaneer's Guild. He writes a bunch about using Photoshop to improve your game through maps and handouts. In particular, he loves drawing maps, both with pen and paper and digital tools. I hope to sit down with some of his tutorials soon and learn how he crafts his great images.
- Hurried Handouts 5 — Hook, Line, and Sinker
- One Hundred Random Post-Apocalyptic Junk Items
- Hurried Handouts 4 — Creating Quick Parchment in Photoshop Video
- Hurried Handouts 3 – The Power of the Press
- We Build Worlds
- Hurried Handouts 2
Softrope - Soundtrack for Your Games
In addition to the great blog he writes, Iain also works on Softrope, an RPG sound mixer for DMs. I've used an earlier version and I'm hoping that my netbook will be able to run it as well.
Softrope brings customisable organic soundscapes like rainstorms, battles and creepy dungeons as well as spot effects such as growls, screams and explosions to your tabletop RPG. Music tracks can also be added to any scene.
Softrope allows you to build a collection of sound-based scenes. You build each scene with simple single sound-effects, layered up to create a more complex soundscape.