As anyone who has seen Avenue Q knows, having a Special Purpose is important in life. I know cuz the muppets said so. ;-) But what's mine? Well, I realized that the one thing I have that I can share with others on CSW is my love for making wargames. I don't mean designing them (which I'm not terribly good at), I mean making them...creating the physical product, right from one's living room.
That's why I embarked on the whole Ellison die-cutter oddessey almost two years ago. That's why I put together the playtest templates page. I just love making these things, and I want to make it easier for others who have the same passion--or even just think they might have it--but who maybe need a little help along the way. I want to show just how easy it really is once you have the right tools. And all of them are easily obtainable and actually quite affordable!
Probably the biggest obstacle is the time it takes to learn new skills, particularly digital graphic art skills (i.e., "How do I use a program like Illustrator?"). Only quality time at the computer, playing with the software will help there. But I really believe that with practice, anybody can make good stuff with today's technology. The trick is finding an existing artist whose work you like and shamelessly stealing ideas from them.