Author: Avery Liell-kok

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Avery Liell-kok

Avery Liell-Kok is an illustrator and workaholic living with her husband, three cats, and a room full of gaming books. She currently works full time as a children’s illustrator for self-publishing authors, with over 80 books under her belt, as well as a freelance gaming and fantasy artist. You can find her work at Chantico Studios

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How To Make Death Matter

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: a character dies. Maybe the dice weren’t in their favor, maybe they made a tactical error, maybe they grabbed that glowing skull even though it was so completely obvious it was an evil relic, oh my god, it could not have...

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The Wheel of Seasons

The frozen mountains, locked in perpetual ice. The shifting sands of the burning desert. The leafy green sanctuary of the elven kingdoms. Standard RPGs and their variegated environments exist in a realm of endless summer or seasons that only change when the GM wants to spice things up. But paying...

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Illustration Inspiration: The Dearly Departed

Where would we be as fantasy, sci-fi and gaming enthusiasts if not for the works of the seminal creators of the 20th century? This month’s edition focuses on art by people whom we have lost, and whose classic visions can still inspire us today. There were so many to choose...

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Illustration Inspiration: Halloween Edition

Spookiest greetings, fellow Gnomes! I come bearing dark gifts for the unseelie among you: great frickin’ art to inspire, horrify, and delight. In the Halloween spirit, give us your best scary stories and twisted imaginings these images conjure in you. A grand Samhain to one and all, and enjoy!...

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Fun Times In The Adventure Zone

Art is by Justin Gray at http://burntobuild.com/ I have a new favorite thing, you guys.  By that magic known as “checking out the things liked by people I like”, I stumbled across the fantastic and hilarious podcast, The Adventure Zone. And oh my word, I have fallen in love. Here’s...

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Illustration Inspiration

    Art by meeeee, Avery Liell-Kok      It would be very nice to have an endless font of ideas, but I spend my days tapping that well so thoroughly, sometimes it can be difficult come game night to squeeze a little more blood out of the stone....

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Gaming as Imaginative Play

Credit to PiratedPictures. No, his pictures aren’t pirated. A lot of us can trace our gaming roots back to the days of brandishing sticks and pot lids as a sword and shield, rescuing dragon-held captives or fighting illusory villains. Childhood pretend play, or “Imaginative Play”, is an important developmental tool,...

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To the (Gaming) Muses

I’m in fifth grade. It’s after school and I’m stuck waiting for my mom to pick me up. The middle school kids have their classrooms at the other end of the building, and I can hear shouting, so of course that’s where I go. They’re in our dingy little...

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