Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Picture Is More Than 1000 Words

Whoops. Sorry, this is late. Today's post is also short as it is a lead in to tomorrow's post about ideas and why you need to be somewhat careful with them. Today though, I want to talk not about an idea but the genesis for the idea. Shall we?

 A pretty cool thing happened yesterday for me. Evil Hat released the release candidate for the Fate Core system. That meant a rule book and pictures and words and everything that could be needed to run a game with the system. Now, I don't have a game ready for the FATE system just yet, though I would like to give it a shot, but I still am interested in the book and the rules. Mostly though, I was interested in the art.

Why? Well, over the course of the writing of the book, Evil Hat leaked several of the art pieces (some of which you can see with a simple google search for "Fate Core") and quite a few of them were simply awesome. Several of them, despite just being a simple scene, kicked my brain into over drive with ideas for characters and worlds and stories. Heck, I've got several pages of world brain storming done thanks to one of htese images. The image didn't even show a world, just a character.

This is why pictures are awesome. Words are great, don't get me wrong. I think words are very powerful tools. But an idea is something that needs more than words can quickly convey. The old saying is that a picture is worth a 1000 words. My thought it that that is actually a low count when you consider all the details that a picture gives us (color, skin, texture, length, background, etc.) But more to the point, those thousand words the picture is conveying will also give you an idea. Ideas are awesome to behold, and fun to grasp onto.

The picture in question for me was this one:

What kind of idea does this picture give you?

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