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Latest ‘HAIKON’ Commission

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Self Publishing, Writing on May 1, 2021 by darkjade68

From my current Dungeons & Dragons Project/Module

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

The ‘Shadowtaur’ (Dark Minotaur)

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Adventures Of Vilven Ledsong

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fiction, Writer, Writing on April 23, 2021 by darkjade68

Anyone whose been following my Blog for a while, knows that I play a lot of Dungeons & Dragons

As both a Writer and a Filmmaker, it’s been an invaluable way to work/stretch my imagination in all ways Story/Character, especially as a Dungeon Master which I generally am

In early 2018, I began a campaign with/for my girlfriend, and in addition to two other campaigns that we’re in (One she runs, another I run for a group), we’ve ran this first campaign now for 3 years

Kait (My girlfriend) was so inspired by it, she actually began writing a book telling of our beginnings and beyond

Last year she also started a GoFundMe for it, but she’s been so busy with starting her home business, she hasn’t worked on it a lot lately

Last night I found that GoFundMe, and donated $60 in hopes that she will begin writing on it once more

If you’d like to contribute towards the cause, here’s the link to her GoFundMe Adventures Of Vilven Ledsong

Thanks for your support!

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 & 2 In Review…

Posted in Film, Film Review, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Superhero, Writing with tags , , on March 31, 2021 by darkjade68

Let me start by saying, I read ‘Captain America’, ‘The Flash’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘The West Coast Avengers’ & ‘Strange Tales’ Comics in the late 80’s/early 90’s

That said, Captain America & The Flash were my favorite all time Superheroes

I didn’t care for the first ‘Captain America’ Movie, though I really like Chris Evans as an actor (He was great in ‘Fantastic Four’)

But each time the Captain America character was in one of the Marvel Movies, his character improved, to a point that he is awesome

Now in ‘The Winter Soldier’ I immediately liked Sebastian Stan and his Bucky character

I’ve never been a huge Falcon fan, but Anthony Mackie is a great actor, and played him well

Moving onto the series

Episode 1

SPOILERS!

They began the Episode with a bang, aiming at all those people who love action in Superhero movies I think

I love action, but the best scenes in the original ‘Avengers’ movie (And in comic books), was all the character back and forthing in between action scenes

So, big action opening, then it slows way down to soap opera speed (The production isn’t in a hurry, and why should they be, they have time, it’s a series)

I felt it must have been a challenge to do the Winter Soldier character in episode 1, he was largely silent in the Marvel films, and in this format, he has to talk a lot more

The bad guys seem ok, nothing special

For me, bad guys always need to be strong characters, or who cares if the good guys defeat them

The best part about Episode 1, was the ending scene, when the new Captain America is announced

Very comic book, in fact when I was reading Captain America 30 years ago, part of the storyline was a new Captain America

Episode 2

Episode 2 was immediately better, because Bucky hooked up with The Falcon, though I wasn’t completely clear why they were working together again, maybe it was explained in the movies

That said, their chemistry was right back on point from the movies

The bad guys, however, were physically strong, but not interesting in the least

What really bothered me most about Episode 2 was that they introduced us to the new Captain America, who seemed like a really good guy, trying to do his best to help people…

…but by the end of the Episode, he was a full blown jerk… It didn’t feel right at all, flat out bad writing, bad directing, or both

Still, I’m looking forward to continuing to watch the series, if for nothing else, to watch the two lead actors and the Winter Soldier character in action

Nuff Said

Thanks for listening/reading

Tragic

Posted in Life, Music, Poem, Poetry, Writing on February 24, 2021 by darkjade68

Tragic

Paralyzed, we do not move…

Don’t do a thing

Things crumble and crash around us…

How could you not know

It’s unforgivable…

Intolerable

And yet we look the other way…

Ignore our common dismay

What’s wrong here…

What can we do

It’s just not logical…

It’s just not true

DarkJade-

My Return To D & D (2017-2021)

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Writing on February 15, 2021 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

I was orignially exposed to Dungeons & Dragons in the 70’s, I wanted to play so badly

But being a shy kid, I didn’t have a lot of friends, and found many D & D Players to spend a lot of their time arguing over rules during games

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It wasn’t until 1986 that I came to the realazation that the only way I’d ever get to play, was to run a game myself

I wasn’t a big reader, so I decided to pick up the Basic (Red Book) Set, as opposed to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, then quickly after the Expert (Blue Book) Set

I then played a bit of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons with a friend, where I was a Player, and bit later he gave up the game, and gave my brother and I all of the books above (Save A D & D 2e, which I purchased…

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My Latest ‘HAIKON’ illustration

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Writing on January 29, 2021 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

This is the Fourth illustration I’ve Commissioned for my Upcoming Dungeons & Dragons 5e Campaign Setting/Adventurers Module, ‘HAIKON’

The other three are below

Artist to be Posted at the Completion of the project

DORAGON-

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Hope In A Severely Divided Time

Posted in Life, Love, Writing with tags , , on January 19, 2021 by darkjade68

I Have Never Felt So Accutely The Deepness Of The Division Of Our Country

Empathically, It Is Extremely PainfulI’ve Never Been Blind To The Differences And Inherent Problems Associated To Our Society

But For Me, So Many Of The Problems That Have Stemmed From This Division For So Long In Our Country, Make Much More Sense Now

I Realize Our Population, The World’s Population Really, Is Enormous

I Realize We Can Not All Be The Same

On One Side, You Can Say Many Of Us Have Been Dillussioned By This Notion Of FreedomOn The Other Side, For Many Of Us, The Freedom Within, And Under This Troubled Sky, Is The Only Cushion That Has Allowed Us To Get This Close A Look At What Truly Is Happening Within Our Country

To Be Cliche’, ‘This Is Not A Time For The Faint Of Heart…’

I Say This In A Non-Preachy Way, Mathmatically If Nothing Else, Apathy Will Not Move Us In The Desired Direction We Seek

The Time Of Being A Non-Participant, Of Being Only A Bystander, Of Focussing Only On Our Individual Bubbles, Has Become Complacent… Once Again, Not A Criticism, Mathmatically If Nothing Else

I Am Fortunate In That I Was Born With Hope In My Heart…

So Many Of Us Were Not

But At This Time More Than Ever, I Wish To Bestow This Hope On Those That Struggle To See And/Or Feel It

Anyway, Here’s Hoping There Will Be No Or Little Violence Tomorrow…

Though It May Reflect The True Struggle That We All Face, I Can’t, And Never Will, Be Ok With It

Heal

Posted in Love, Poem, Poetry, Writing with tags , on January 13, 2021 by darkjade68

Heal

Don’t hold onto things that hurt you…

The truly compassionate have nothing to prove

Instead spend that energy, looking around you…

Love, Prayers And Good

Control is not the answer…

Let worries fade to light

Take deep breaths…

Partake in life

PICTURE CREDIT – Light Rays Through The Water

Support The ‘HAIKON’ Project!

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Self Publishing, Writer, Writing on January 1, 2021 by darkjade68

In November, 2019 I Self Published My First Dungeons & Dragons 5e Adventure Module, ‘Frost Rhealm

Art by Allen Childers

In March 2020, I Began Working On My Next Project, ‘HAIKON’, Which Is A Campaign Setting/Adventures Module

I’m Currently Trying To Generate Funds So That I Can Hire An Artist For Haikon, My Goal Is $500 (The Same Budget As ‘Frost Rhealm’), And Have 9% ($48) So Far

If You’d Like To Contribute $3 Towards My Efforts, You Can Go To My Ko-Fi HERE

Thank You So Much For Your Support!

DarkJade/DORAGON/James

‘DRAGON RIDERS’ (Episode III) – Dungeons & Dragons Player/Dungeon Master/Content Creator Interview Show

Posted in DRAGON RIDERS, Dungeons And Dragons, Writing with tags , , on December 12, 2020 by darkjade68