By - April 11, 2008 - 6 Comments

The hero machine

Random thoughts

I just drank an insane amount of coffe. I’ve had a cup in my hand for 3 solid hours. Why do I do this to myself?

The hero machine

I just discovered the Hero Machine. It allows you to draw quick sketches of heroes, character, and NPCs – no talent required. It took me 2 minutes to figure out how to work the hero machine – which means I’m slow, or you’ll need to read the instructions. But that 2 minutes was worth it!

Art will make your D&D campaign better

With appropriate art to support description and imagination your roleplaying experience will be enhanced. Aside from using the hero machine to generate and print character sketches, here are a few art resources that I browse every now and then:

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No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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  1. greywulf says:

    Hero Machine seriously rocks. Refore I started using DAZ Studio (and then Poser), we used Hero Machine for all our character portraits. I still crank it open if I just want a quick character sketch. Nice tool.

    There’s a large handful of the characters we made here and here.

  2. Saragon says:

    Actually, there’s a new version of HeroMachine – v2.5. Best site I’ve found for it is UGO, strangely.

  3. Micah says:

    If you want cool custom art, like character portraits, check out AvatarArt. Obsidian Portal members get $5 off for each piece!

  4. Joey says:

    Its actualy surprising that you just found Hero Machine now. My friends and I found it over a year ago. I never really used it.

    ANd thanks ofr the link to the art sites

  5. Michelle says:

    There goes thirty minutes. Procrastination time well spent.
    Thanks.

  6. dberg_usa says:

    RE: here are a few art resources that I browse every now and then

    You left out one of my favorites.

    http://www.elfwood.com

    The site’s searchability is absolutely awesome. There seem to be quite a few talented people displaying their stuff there. I’d recommend checking it out.

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