Bort the Ysalamir (A Space Lizard in Two Parts)

If you don’t already know who Bort the Ysalamir is, do yourself a favor and go check out the Campaign Podcast. They’re a phenomenal Star Wars actual play podcast that uses the Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars role-playing game system to tell awesome stories in the most goofy and dramatic ways you can imagine.

But anyhow, since you’re here already, Bort is a wonderful Ysalamir (A Star Wars space lizard with weird interactions with the Force). I used a chameleon as the basis for what I thought they should look like. Enjoy!

Bort Front and Back
Bort Front and Back
Bort Front
Bort Diagrams


The Mynock (A Skipray Blastboat)

The Campaign podcast crew get up to all sorts of shenanigans. Many of them, including the hilarious “bottle episodes” take place on their ship, The Mynock, a heavily modified Skipray Blastboat.

The front half needs a few revisions before I’d be able to diagram it, but here’s the first draft:

The Mynock

Karrell (Twi’lek Head With Lekku)

This model is the head and lekku of a Twi’lek. I had a bit of paper left after making a square from a US Letter size sheet and decided to turn it into something rather than chucking it in the recycling bin. Having just made a model of Lyntel’luroon from the Campaign Podcast, I figured it only fair to make a long-lekku Twi’lek bust for Karrell from the Redemption podcast (my other favorite Twi’lek).

Twi'lek Head


Twi'lek Head Diagrams

No Thank You Evil – Origami Style

Reading No Thank You Evil made me feel like a kid again, and for good reason. It’s a tabletop RPG designed specifically to be kid friendly. It immediately put me in mind of using origami models as avatars for the player characters. Not necessarily in the sense of using maps and miniatures, but just to have something in front of them to see and touch.

That ended up being the precursor to many of the thoughts that have led up to beginning work on Paper Talisman, which I’ll cover later.

For now, it got me thinking about how to use origami models as props at the table. Traditional origami models (crane, frog, fish, etc) could all easily become characters in a world made of paper. Think Gumbo or Kubo (which is my JAM), only everything is made of paper. I started a write-up on a setting for a one shot game.

No Thank You Evil uses a pool of resources for your stats, and there are four of them, so what better way to represent that than an inverted cootie catcher / fortune teller? (Bonus points for the Castles and Crusades sourcebook I got at the raffle at AcadeCon in November!)

NTYE Fortune Teller Dish

Since your players characters are traditional origami models, what sort of challenges would they face? That got the wheels turning in the usual punny directions…

  • (Navy) SEALs
  • An Emperor penguin
  • A polar bear who tells awful jokes (wocka wocka)
  • A trio of walruses named Coo, Kooka, and Choo
  • An orca name Bill who says nothing in life is free
  • etc

But the big idea I had for the villains was that the most terrifying thing a character might face in a world made of paper would be abominations… pieced together from the cut apart bodies of their friends. Dark, yeah?

So that’s where we get to the evil Lord Scissors, and his lieutenant, a Tape Sorcerer. And they’re the only humans anyone has ever heard of. They’re creating Frankenstein’s monster-esque chimeras using tape! I’ll admit that part of me is uncomfortable with how much this reinforces stereotypes about “real” origami being one uncut square sheet, but this was a first draft.

Anyway, I commissioned the awesome Quinn Wilson to draw up the two big bads, and here they are without further ado:

Scissors Tape