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AI Enhanced Wargaming and Tabletop RPGs (Tips and Uses)

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The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has brought a tidal wave of potential applications across a vast range of fields, from healthcare to finance, education to entertainment. One area that is ripe for exploration is the intersection of AI and gaming; specifically, wargaming and tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) like Dungeons & Dragons (DND). In this …

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The Silver Lining: How Inflation and a Bad Economy Can Fuel Your Creative Writing

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I write a lot. Most of it is technical academic stuff for work. But, often I’ll pull up a blank page and draft a creative story or some essay on the state of the world—life. It’s something I enjoy doing and it helps me make sense of what’s going on internally in my head. Journaling …

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How to Be Different in Your Miniature Painting and Art

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So you want to be different? As an artist and miniature painter, I find myself driven to find out how I can differentiate myself from the crowd. With digital media’s escape velocity connecting us globally, embracing individuality becomes increasingly important to me. And, as such, I’ve continually searched for ways to change how I do …

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Tips to Writing Compelling Tabletop RPG Stories

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Do you want to know how to write a campaign? Looking for tips for writing a D&D adventure? If you’re playing Dungeons and Dragons (DND) or other tabletop RPG game, you can be sure that there’s more than just rolling dice and slaying monsters. Here I’ll discuss some tips for creating compelling stories that will …

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Miniature Painting with ChatGPT: 10 Inspiring Ways to Use AI

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So, you’ve heard about artificial intelligence (AI) generated art? But do you know about ChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI? ChatGPT is a text-generating AI system that can generate coherent conversations and stories in human-like language. I love to write and I’ve been playing with ChatGPT to see what it is capable of. Well, …

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What is “Learned Helplessness”? Insights for Artists

As a miniature painter, have you ever found yourself feeling stuck, unmotivated, or doubting your abilities? These feelings may be the result of learned helplessness, a psychological phenomenon that can impact even the most skilled and experienced artists. In this article, I explore the concept of learned helplessness, its prevalence in miniature painting, and its …

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13 Essential Health Benefits of Painting Miniatures

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So you paint miniatures and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. But did you know that painting miniatures can actually provide numerous health benefits? In this article, you’ll find 13 surprising benefits for miniature painting that could improve or enhance your health. As hobbyists and artists, we are keenly aware of the joys that come …

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Coffee and Creativity: How Caffeine Can Help Your Artistic Side

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When it comes to coffee and creativity, there’s a longstanding relationship. Countless artists, writers, and musicians have sworn by the drink’s ability to boost their productivity and creativity. And while there’s no scientific evidence to support the claim that coffee makes you more creative, there is some research that suggests caffeine can improve your focus …

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The 50/50 Rule for Painting Miniatures, Efficiently

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The 50/50 rule is a basic guideline for becoming a more effective and productive miniature painter. It states that you should spend 50% of your time on the miniature itself, doing the job as best as you can. The other 50% of your time you spend should be in enjoying the process, being as creative …

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Psychological Reasons to Use Good Hobby Lighting: Motivation and Focus

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Did you know that good hobby lighting can help improve your motivation and focus? There’s a scientific reason for how and why this works. If you’re like me, then you love spending hours in your hobby room working on different projects. But, one downside to this is that it can be easy to lose focus …

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