Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ruins & Ronin layout.

I recently purchased Adobe InDesign so that I could do the layout for my pdf projects, and I have started the laborious task of putting Ruins & Ronin through the layout mill. So far, it has not been too bad, the learning curve is not horrible for the software and there are plenty of helpful videos out there. I have uploaded a sample of chapter 2 for anyone that wants to see what it looks like so far.

The one problem is, I have no art for this project. I am having a cover commissioned by Peter Mullen but that is it. So if you have any talent (or like me, no talent) but would like to submit something, feel free to drop me some art. I can't afford to pay any artists but I will give full credit!

Of course if I get any art, it changes the entire layout that I have currently worked on (but that is ok, this is just a test of my skills).


  1. Simple and elegant, very nice. Is there not public domain artwork that you could use?

  2. Don't worry about art. An art free version will be perfect for printing out A5, which is of course what I'm want to do :)

    - Neil.

  3. Acrobatic Flea,
    I have not found any good "free" art yet. Not much in the way of Samurai D&D out there for free. If you find some, please let me know.


    I am going to keep working on it without the art, so most likely that will be done before we get any art anyway. :)

  4. Hey, Mike sample looks good. Depending on how the Sanctuary game pans out I was thinking of running Valley of the Mists using WB R&R at RPGnet.

    As for artwork, there might not be Samurai D&D free artwork, but have you looked for traditional woodcuts, or paintings that are free to use?

  5. I have not found any that I would use, but maybe I have not seen the right sites. Do you have any links?

    Valley of the Mists would be cool, I never played much Bushido (though I do own it). Never owned this module either, would love to try it.

  6. Well, Japanese woodcuts... some googling leads me to this site:
    "Royalty-free Stock Photography, Clip Art, Illustrations"

    I'd also consider just going to Flickr and pick some Creative Commons Attribution (without Share Alike) images. Here's an example using "japan temple". The CC-BY license makes sure it's enough to to attribute the images to their creators (whatever name or nick they're using on Flickr, I'd say).

    I also have three lousy illustrations in Fight On! #4 pages 39 and 40.

    Good luck!

  7. Cornell University recently (in the past few weeks) decided to stop charging a fee for people to use public-domain artwork the university had scanned. New York Public Library is also apparently -very- serious abut digitizing their collection. I haven't had much opportunity to really delve into the collections & copyright issues, but those might be resources to explore.

    Oh, the Library of Congress also has miles of stuff digitized, and I think it's all free and out of copyright.

  8. Nice work. Are you going to share this book?