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108 Terrible Character Portraits $0.00
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108 Terrible Character Portraits
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108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/07/2014 15:10:43
So let's talk about character portraits.

I've been using character portraits at the table for nearly 4 years and determined that they are among the most versatile and indispensable items to help players visualize and remember the most important parts of the game: the characters that make up the world.

I started with a Smallville game - a game where a web of characters is literally the first thing created in play. I used Creative Commons licensed portraits from flickr, photoshopped nice bold text onto them showing their names, and when I put them out on the table, people immediately recognized them. For annoying or dastardly characters, all I had to do was put them out and the players would immediately start groaning and responding. It was thrilling to see how just a visualization could help them get into the game.

Even more importantly, it helped them stay in-character. No longer were they saying "I go and talk to that one guy", they would call him by name, remember his face, refer to him in dialogue. This simple aid improved my groups' roleplay immeasurably.

This free product (free?! what?!) is 108 character portraits, in .jpg format, licensed under Creative Commons. Unlike the color photos I got from flickr, you won't need a photo printer to use these - they're bold line drawings and well-shaded with good contrast, so they will look good on your regular old normal printer. The portraits are divided into sections including "cyberpunk" and "scary" and "elf" and so on, to make it fairly easy to find the portrait you need.

As a free product in a category that has been one of my most proven methods of improving play, I absolutely give this product my highest rating. You have no excuse not to try using these! The only game that they won't improve is a game where characters do not play a central role - and that type of game is awful anyway. Put more characters in your game, people care about and respond to characters more than they do to animals or the weather or whatever it is you have in your game other than characters. And use this free product to start!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Bradley C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/02/2013 00:00:00
This is my go-to product for character faces for my various base class products. It's served me will for 6 months and will continue to do so for at least a couple more years. Sir, I salute you for your generosity!

Bradley Crouch
Interjection Games

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Benjamin M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/12/2013 12:28:09
Love it! I'm always needing pictures of bad guys.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Paul F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/07/2013 15:44:00
Good product...some of the protraits will inspire character ideas for sure.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Shawn V. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/03/2013 17:42:51
This download gave me a set of handy little pictures that I can use for characters and NPCs in many of the games I deal with.

I really enjoy it.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Thomas R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/25/2013 23:34:12
An excellent product, especially when you consider that it's free, free, free. I hope these fine folks will continue to produce additional artwork.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Breandan O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/06/2012 13:38:42
An excellent selection of multi-genre portraits, with everything from zombies to knights to pirates.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Steve M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/23/2011 15:33:25
This is a fine collection of character illos. The fact it comes with an html index of the drawings and each drawing is included as a stand-alone graphics file makes this more useful than other art packages i've looked at on these sites.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Robert O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/06/2011 09:00:04
Amazing! And it is for free what makes it odd, but AMAZING!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Bryan I. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/02/2011 08:14:27
108 Terrible character portraits is a self deprecating little number that isn't at all bad actually. The quality of the portraits ranges from good to passable and whilst there are none that are great, there certainly aren’t any that are “Terrible” either. Many of them have a fair bit of charm.
I'll be honest there are more expensive art packs out there that are a lot worse.
I picked this up with very low expectations given the title and was very pleasantly surprised.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
108 Terrible Character Portraits
Publisher: A Terrible Idea
by Michael W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/26/2011 04:47:13
This is a great assortment of character illustrations that could be used in a wide variety of games. I'm looking forward to printing a few of these illustrations on cards to use as NPC images for an upcoming game.

The linework is clean, the images are evocative. If I'd known about the kickstarter project I probably would have spent money on these.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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