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What's black, six-legged, and adorned with quills along its back? That's what I asked myself the first time I saw it. It's big, too, almost as tall as my two-story log cabin. It's been visiting ever since I first built on the property and moved in. I live by myself in the countryside, the nearest town a half-hour drive at least.
I might sound oddly casual about it, but I've just gotten used to the thing coming around. The first time I saw it was when I was napping in my rocking chair on the back porch. I stirred and looked out across the yard, and there it was, gazing back at me. At first, I didn't realize what I was looking at. It was standing such that it appeared as a tall stump, the only deceiving quality being its bright green eyes glowing even in broad daylight. When the creature noticed it had been spotted, it turned and lumbered away into the depths of the forest behind my property. Goosebumps erupted all over my body. I would have called the police, but I don't have a land lin
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These are a few amazing prints I'd love to own but cannot afford.


Rick Charles
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Current Residence: Munising, Michigan, United States, North America, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Virgo
deviantWEAR sizing preference: adult medium
Favourite genre of music: modern classic, techno, dubstep
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
MP3 player of choice: Sony Walkman
Yeah, I know I'm pretty quiet around here. I upload a new illustration to my gallery once in a while, but DeviantArt isn't as much my stomping ground as it used to be. Anyway, if there's anybody that actually follows my journal entries, thanks for being a faithful watcher, and hello again.

Anyway, I didn't sleep much last night so I'm a little bored and tired today. I couldn't help but let my mind wander and I decided I wanted to jot my thoughts down.

Ever since I was young I've had game ideas that I've literally dreamed I could develop. Primarily I've always wanted to develop a realistic open-world dinosaur survival simulator. I've been beaten to it two or three times over now, but at the time there wasn't really any such thing. Nevertheless, I am actually developing a concept for that idea anyway, although I can't do much beyond research and rudimentary concept art.

However, there is another idea that came to mind recently that I think is worth putting out there, because the heavens know I'm never going to develop it into a full-fledged game all by myself. I've always been a big fan of asymmetrical PvP games like, for example, the Left 4 Dead franchise. I find the competitive 4v4 gameplay to be as gratifying as it is challenging, and it always keeps me coming back for more. Unfortunately not every game is this genre has been as successful as L4D, most notably Evolve (or Evolve: Stage 2 as it is known now) which had a lot of promise but failed miserably as a product. While I enjoyed the dynamic 4v1 gameplay, it was a lot different than the tried-and-true 4v4 setup that I'd say most people were used to, and I'd also venture to say that that--among other factors--was what killed the game.

That being said, I recently started thinking about the feasibility of a 1v1 game in the spirit of Evolve. Rather than four small players against one big player, it would be two evenly-matched players against each other. However, instead of zombies vs. survivors or monsters vs. hunters, for some reason I've been on a dragon kick lately and so naturally I put two and two together.

That's right, knights vs. dragons.

One knight player versus one dragon player in a legendary showdown. Friends can spectate the matches, maybe even still be involved somehow, but ultimately it comes down to a knight versus a dragon. Different knights could have varying weapons and trapping equipment, and different dragons could have varying abilities that help them evade and fight when necessary.

I think it's the perfect idea for a 1v1 format like this because A) everybody loves dragons, B) knights vs. dragons is culturally iconic (as in a good selling point), and C) this kind of thing hasn't been done before and it would offer a different theme and experience than what other asymmetrical PvP games have to offer.

That's about all I've come up with. I would need a dedicated team of volunteer developers to help me breathe life into this idea, but until that glorious day comes I will have to continue burning knights alive in my dreams.

~Rick Charles

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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch!:D (Big Grin) 
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I'm always on the lookout for fellow specs.
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!:)
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