Is it possible to democratize tabletop game publishing with AI art?

Is it possible to democratize tabletop game publishing with AI art? ...

The latent space has been compared to the Wild West in its lawlessness, but that doesn't reveal the true weirdness of its uncanny valleys. As art is necromanced in the style of dead and living artists, one of the latent spaces valleys fills with the commands of a million sculptors and users, for commercial releases, fan creations, and more.

DALL-E 2, Midjourney, and Disco Diffusion, which are becoming more popular this spring, are demonstrating just how far AI art has come. You type what you want to see, and it outputs art at a phenomenally fast rate. According to Arthur C. Clarke, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and AI art can really use this space in his mutational horror game The Zone.

Although the techno-magic may be a minefield in terms of copyright usage, corporate power, intellectual property, Web3 hubbub, artist economies, and overall respectful behavior, most interviewed mentioned stumbling around on the topic. Questions include: Will AI systems reduce the value of original TTRPG art?; and Will I be laughed out of the room if I use AI art?

Merilliza Chan and Nala J. Wu, a TTRPG illustrator and concept artist, both refer to AI art as assisting in art creation, while others have discussed using AI art during campaign sessions to enhance new NPCs, enemies, and locations.

Leaning into what AI does best can be useful to artists willing to undertake the effort to create high-quality rulebooks despite the muddy ethical issues. He adds that Midjourney has been underutilized for its graphic design capabilities: maps, books, and so on.

The ability to create surreal, computerized images is another skill of AI artists that are gaining momentum this autumn: designer Pawe Kicmans The Zone is a CY_BORG zine that is currently under development with Jukebox (an AI music system) while he is working on some AI art that references Jeff VanderMeers' Roadside Picnics Zone.

Despite its abilities, today's AI art struggles with faces, and often more with nonwhite faces. Wu re-wrote a version of their Indian TTRPG character, which was also whitewashed, though they did the same thing a year later and got better results. She still looks white. Spicy white Italian.

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KP recognizes a lack of South Asian representation in cyberpunk games, and is experimenting with Midjourney to create reference images of South Asian cyberpunk player characters and environments to inspire others, and demonstrate how diverse the genre and subcontinent may be. Now im excited because then I can re-feed that back into it and continue to improve it.

Polygon searched through recent Stable Diffusion images this month, only finding a nude fantasy AI illustration, this time of Zendaya as a mermaid. Due to the pseudonymous and diffused nature of AI generators across various Discord servers and websites, it is difficult to deduce what is being created with the best intentions or how many bad actors there are.

A world in which the indie TTRPG industry flourishes from AI art, correcting algorithmic biases, creating expansive, diverse games, lowering the production standard, and assisting artists in their work is possible. But that isn't the only possible outcome. It's just: Do you understand the social factors at play? And if not, it's dystopian.

Large studios or corporations might be able to fire 50 concept artists in favor of two skilled AI art prompters to complete the same amount of work, according to him. As the art becomes more complicated, its going to be more process intensive, which means that less people will be able to use it to its fullest.

The origin of all AI discussions is the specter of original art: the images were scrapped to teach the system how dwarves look and how camera lenses flare in space. Who has the power, or the right, to tell a designer that their AI-generated art violates copyright? If Disney feels like youre dumping three or four frames from their film into a thing and spitting out a new superhero, then you may be facing court.

lmao pic.twitter.com/4Qe9X5Fy0n this is a total hoax.

After speculative artist Karla Ortiz questioned the implications of an AI system using Ortiz's work or figuring out how to reproduce it, Midjourney said it was considering other possibilities. Individual designers are having to draw their own lines in the sand for what they will ethically produce and use; art in the public domain might be OK, while art in the style of a living artist they might not be.

The absence of clear or straightforward answers is causing the tiptoeing and the callouts McCoy invokes. McCoy, DeSimone, and others feel that this energy is misplaced. We don't organize or fight better battles, unlike we do in my entire life, according to DeSimone. The role-playing game community [has] some of the worst examples of that [infighting] Ive ever seen in my entire life.

When indie designers backed down from Kickstarter's move toward blockchain technology, the company backed off and created an advisory committee with indie TTRPG advisors. These included universal basic income to assist artists whose work might be devalued, universal health care to make the break between commissions less stressful, and better working conditions overall, according to Leafie.