Pinterest is amazing

June 22, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Have you all been keeping Pinterest a secret? No, I don’t mean the service itself. I knew about it and I wanted to use it. It just wasn’t relevant to any of my interests. UNTIL NOW.

Pinterest is amazing for RPG inspiration. For players, it’s character ideas. For GMs, holy mother of butts is it useful for goddamn near everything.

First, a lot of other RPG folk are on Pinterest, and they are way more organized than I was when I started pinning. They have it figured out: different boards for races, classes, monsters, scenes, maps, and damn near anything you could possibly want.

Second, visual inspiration is in itself incredibly useful. I don’t consider myself unimaginative. I do have poor discipline when it comes to creative work. Pinterest is full of ready-made inspiration.

Here’s just a short list of what kinds of inspiration I’ve found:

If you haven’t spent any time there, I highly recommend checking it out. Even if you don’t pin anything yourself, following a bunch of D&D or fantasy boards ought to supply you with material. It’s practically indispensible for inspiration.

If I have one complaint, it’s that you must wade through a ton of cheesecake (e.g. chainmail bikinis). In this respect, I have to hand it to Paizo. Their art is consistently high quality, diverse, and they’ve been doing this since 2008 or so. To give credit where it’s due, D&D 5th Edition is also a lot better in this respect than prior editions.

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