Hello Portal! (Fellow Portaliers? I Can't remember what we decided on a year ago...)
There have been a lot of things recently that have got me a-thinking. (Gee, really? - Oh god, not with the parentheticals again). Arsheesh had mentioned earlier today that around a year ago, there was a Renaissance of sorts on the Portal - lots of folks were talking about their art projects, cartography skills and the like. There were some great threads and some even greater artists. I keep wondering why those dissapeared, but that's not important, because I'm determined to bring them back.
I was discussing this with gaaran tonight, while working on a project for AugustusGloop - he had asked for a banner for his campaign and I gladly agreed - if you catch me right I can be silly agreeable sometimes. I'm always willing to help out, but in certain moods I will take on absolutely rediculous projects. Gaaran resents me (in an amused sort of way, I hope) for it because I procrastinate on my campaign while I work on the other, new projects.
What I'm proposing here, I suppose I should get to the point sometime before people start mentally going tl:dr on me, is that I'd like to create a Work Exchange post, where the community can build on each other's strengths, people can have fun, check out each other's artwork, prose, and coding design. We always help each other out, and I dont think that will ever stop, but what I'm thinking is something more. Someone needs a banner design, but they cant work with photos for some reason. No problem! Post it here. Offer something in trade that you are good at as a gesture of goodwill.
I propose the following: Feel free to make requests, but try to keep in mind the complexity of the request, and offer up something in return of equal (approximate) value. Obviously this is just a first cut of how this might work (and I've seen it work very well in other places on the web), and I'm very open to suggestions here.
My primary strengths lie in:
Photo manipulation/image editing
Poetry (Just ask JonVolks - I can almost make Bon Jovi readable! :) )
A perfect example is my campaign, "Dark Queen of the West":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/the-dark-queen-of-the-west/wikis/the-game
It is quintissential form, function, without meaningful content. I have space for content, but not the gumption to actually write something worth reading. I'd be willing to trade image editing work for some fluff pieces I could use in my campaign - fake news articles on covertly strange happenings, old legends found on scraps of paper, anything I can get. I can guarantee, if this kicks off, and anyone needs images put together, I will be VERY willing to volunteer my services. I mean, just look at the site gaaran and I have been working on. I think it's pretty spiffy :)