Gone Bandcamping

I’ve just signed up for the music site Bandcamp! Actually, when I went there to sign up my preferred username was already taken, so from experience I knew to try one of my older passwords. Bingo! Turns out I had signed up a long time ago and never used it for anything. I have fixed that now.

“Bedre i Amerika” is my first EP, consisting of all old songs. Apparently, that’s how I roll. If you listen, you’ll also know how I rock. The songs are all in Danish by the way, so unless you already speak it you also get to be Internationally Hip — just by listening!

There were 12 songs at first, then 8 and now 5. The rest just didn’t stand the test of time. I can say that truthfully, because I wrote them all back in 2008. This is around the time I was just getting over my regular bouts of homesickness, I had gotten a few friends and the shock of moving to another continent without any real planning had passed. These songs remind me of that period of relative stability, which lasted only a brief moment of course. C’est la vie.

I used to give all these songs away for free on my Danish blog, and I now have the audacity to ask at least $0.69 per song, or $3 for all five. It’s not that I think this is going to make a huge difference in my monthly budget or anything, but times are tough. I’ll take your pocket change for a song and blame the recession. I’m not ashamed. Besides, the Danish blog doesn’t exist any more.

Use the player above or check out my profile page on Bandcamp to listen.

Update: The EP is also available in iTunes (and via several other services). This link is to the US store, but if you’re somewhere else just search for my name and you should see it.

Presenting PixMuse

PixMuse is an iPhone / iPod touch app I put together for all you stock and microstock photographers out there.

PixMuse generates a random photo shoot idea by presenting you with a theme, a subject and a mood. The three elements represent the overall concept, the central element and feel of the suggested photo. Simply hit the button or shake your device to generate a new photo concept.

PixMuse is made for inspiration and fun. There is no guarantee that the photo concepts generated by PixMuse will have any commercial value, though all the elements included were picked specifically because they rank among the most popular and widely used genres and concepts in stock photography. So even though it’s random and silly, there is a useful side to PixMuse as well.

Use PixMuse as a tool for brainstorming. Some of the combinations will fit any portfolio, and you will see elements combined in ways you hadn’t thought of before, which might just spark your imagination. And did I mention it’s free?

Link: Download PixMuse from the iTunes App Store – FREE!

Structure Your D&D Campaign Like a TV Show

Since TV writing and gaming are different types of episodic storytelling there are natural overlaps between the two, but I have never seen a roleplaying game better suited for the TV drama-show structure, than 4th edition D&D.

I am not the first to make the gaming and television comparison, but I really started thinking about it after watching an interview with Ron Moore about the writing of Battlestar Galactica. He made it sound like the writers on Battlestar were throwing all these surprises out (eg. so-and-so is a cylon!) having only a vague idea of where most of it would lead. They left it open-ended enough, that they could use the framework of the established world to pull it all together in the end (or as needed). I thought this was a very clever way of writing any kind of series, and immediately made the connection to campaign structure.

A 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign is structured in three tiers of 10 levels each. The Heroic, Paragon and Epic tiers each represent a new chapter in the characters’ adventuring career. If we go by how it’s laid out in the rulebooks, you could describe the three tiers as epic, epic’er and epic’est. As DMs, our job is to give the players this feeling of Progressive Epicness (not a real word, but it should be). Above all, it is the DMs responsibility to ensure everyone has fun by being fair, and providing challenges and adventures. And fun for the players ties into expectation and surprise. I will get back to those in a minute. For now, just bear with me. Continue reading “Structure Your D&D Campaign Like a TV Show”