ePIC Character Image Generator looking for funding on Indiegogo

By Polar_Bear
In Accessories
May 29th, 2013

ePIC Character Image Generator helps the artistically-challenged (such as myself. I can’t draw stick figures…) create images of their characters, or for DMs to help make photos of NPCs. They’re looking for funding over on Indiegogo.

From the campaign:

This program will be an excellent tool for fantasy roleplayers, who can’t draw, but would like to illustrate their player or non-player characters.
There are similar programs on the market but with much less content and in a very different style. My approach is to make a realistic character illustration application, which can be a great aid for the fans of classic role playing games.
The high resolution images are an excellent way to make the otherwise text and conversation based games visible and more realistic. If you are a writer, you can use them as illustrations for your work, or if you make games, you can make character portraits, even complete gamescenes out of it, just to mention a couple of good examples how this tool can really be used.
You don’t need any artistic skills, all you need to do is simply click with your mouse, and you can make quality characters in no time,

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  • 4tonmantis

    Ignoring the fact that I can just draw these pictures.. there is already something that does this.. it’s called Google Images.

    • cybogoblin

      Or if you want something a little more customised, you could use HeroMachine.

  • TomasT

    Well…. if you can draw images like these, you are probably aware of a little thing called copyright…
    Yes, if you use an image off the net, chanses are slim you’ll be found out if you just keep it within your group of players.
    However, if you share your adventure with others, I’d say that there is a pretty big risk that you’ll be found out. And, technically, you could be forced to pay for it….

    • Soulfinger

      I drive past the copyright office every day in a big van with the collected works of Larry Elmore painted on one side and Ronald McDonald high-fiving the Michelin Man on the other. My license plate is “FINEME$” and still, I have yet to be “found out” or held accountable in any way for my staggering misdeeds. Start buying some lottery tickets, because you are far more likely to win the jackpot than be fined for illegal use of copyrighted images during a role playing game session. You could even wear a shirt festooned with those stolen images with the caption “I stole these copyrighted images to use in my role playing game,” and never have to worry about copyright on account of that shirt’s status as an unique artistic creation worn for purposes other than commercial gain (and that nobody gives a crap). Maybe the U.S. Copyright Office is flying more Google detector drones in your neighborhood than in mine, but very few government offices categorize a half dozen nerds huddled around a card table as high priority in the law breaking department.

      • KelRiever

        I think the copyright police might still be after me for copying all those music tapes I did with dual cassette stereos back in the 1980s.

        Telling you, back in the 80’s, the world was rife with crime! Al Capone lived back then, I’m pretty sure….:P

    • thetang22

      Depends on your usage. If you are trying to use it within your group of friends for your local DnD sessions…you can use ANYTHING you want from ANYWHERE, and nobody can say anything about it. Only when you start trying to use those images for a project you intend to make money from, or use them in a way that will prevent the original owners from their normally expected profits, will anyone usually give 2 $h!ts about it.

  • 4tonmantis

    Copyright doesn’t apply to getting a group of your pals together to play a game.. none of my friends would care.. I would never use copyrighted images for commercial work (unless I had permission and a legit reason)
    As far as making a game, there is nothing in this description that says that the images are royalty free or available for use without restriction.