August 18th, 2018

RPGaDay in August - August 18th: What Art Inspires Your Game?

We continue on with #RPGaDay in August.



Day 18 - What art inspires your game?

For me, this tends to depend on the genre that I'm running. I am inspired by science fictional art for sf rpgs, fantasy art for fantasy rpgs, and so forth. My inspiration comes more often than not from artwork that is suitable for the game in question. Frex, I'm reading the Capharnaum - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG of Arabian Nights myths and legends (among others) so the artwork from the game is inspiring me, but I've also looked at other 1,001 Nights inspired art as well as stuff of a religious nature from the Middle Eastern parts of the world. As well as artwork from roughly the same period from other countries directly around the Middle East. Portrayals of people, locations, religious icons or buildings, abstract pieces from artists, everything can be inspiration for one's game.

However, that said, I also find that images that I see in newspapers or other sources or perhaps images and stuff that folks have posted in their Twitter :) feed also inspire my games, sometimes taking the creativity in directions that I didn't imagine. Images from anywhere or of anything can inspire me, I find.

And that's the great part about gaming and art inspiring one's GMing creativity! :)