The latent space has been compared to the Wild West in its lawlessness, but this abstraction conceals the true strangeness 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 artworks, and more.
DALL-E 2, Midjourney, and Disco Diffusion, which are easily accessible, have gained momentum this spring, demonstrating how much progress AI art has made. Word prompts, according to Arthur C. Clarke, are crucial to generating art that might be used in his mutational horror game The Zone.
Thoughts on copyright use, corporate power, intellectual property, Web3 buzz, artist economies, and general respectful behavior, the techno-magic can be a minefield in terms of copyright use, artistic integrity, and respectful behavior. These include questions such as How close can I get to another artists work before it's considered theft?; Will AI systems erode 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, point to AI generation as assisting in art creation. Others have discussed generating AI art during campaign sessions to show players real-time images of new NPCs, enemies, and locations as they are improvised.
Leaning into what AI does best can be quite beneficial to graphic designers who are willing to risk the muddy ethics of TTRPG rulebook art, according to Tuesday Knight Games co-owner Sean McCoy. He believes that visual artists should already have a generative software tool, like Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill tool or cloud generators, that they may expand on.
Pawe Kicmans P!LLS FVLL of GODS is a CYBORG zine designed with Rytr (an AI writing system) and Midjourney (an AI music system) which are both based on silly computer glitches and inhumanity that both AI and the cyberpunk theme explore. Now, DAmico is considering removing all AI art from the finalized game as concept art or base art for future commissions, as he is frustrated about the legality and
Despite the fact that AI learns, today's AI art excels at abstraction, and it is often worse with nonwhite faces. Wu recalls their Indian TTRPG character being whitewashed. She's still white, according to the researchers, as the summer progressed into autumn. I'm also angry that what I once considered a tool for artists is rapidly becoming hostile toward us.
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KP recognizes the 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 can be. It spits out so many different iterations, sometimes things that I didnt even consider, he says.
Polygon sifted 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 scattered nature of AI generators across various Discord servers and websites, it's nearly impossible to discern what's being produced with the finest intentions or how many bad actors there are.
The possibility of a future in which the indie TTRPG industry grows from AI art, correcting algorithmic biases, lowering the production standards, and assisting artists in their work is real. But when Joe DeSimone, the senior design instructor at The Academy of Games, thinks of the natural endpoints of AI tools in TTRPGs, he sees two options: utopian and realistic.
Large studios or companies may be able to fire 50 concept artists in favor of two skilled AI art prompters to complete the same amount of work, according to the author. AI art systems will become more process intensive, which means that fewer people will be able to utilize it to its full potential.
The specter of original art is hidden within all AI discussions: the images are scrapped to teach the system how dwarves look and how camera lenses flare in space. Who has the authority, or the right, to inform a designer that their AI-generated art violates copyright? It's just going to be people calling each other out at the indie RPG level, says McCoy.
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After speculative artist Karla Ortiz questioned the implications of an AI system using Ortiz's work or learning how to replicate it, Midjourney said it was mulling over possible names for the project. 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 fine, while art in the living artist they might commission might not.
The absence of clear or easy answers is causing the tiptoeing and the callouts McCoy invokes. McCoy, DeSimone, and others feel that this energy is wasted. We fight each other instead of organizing and fighting better battles. We do that repeatedly and repeatedly. DeSimone said the role-playing game community [has] some of the worst examples of that [infighting] Ive ever seen in my entire life. I think AI art, AI writing, and NFTs might
When indie designers backed off of Kickstarter's move towards blockchain technology, the firm reacted and created an advisory council with indie TTRPG counsellors. Possible solutions include universal basic income to help artists whose work might be devalued, universal health care to make the waiting between commissions less stressful, and better working conditions overall, according to Leafie.