Try, Try Again: From Illustrator to Game Designer

Tabletop games weren’t something I initially had a passion for, but as freelance illustrator I thought that by creating my own games I could show the world my illustration work. It wasn’t until after Sugarplum Chronicles that I realized that beyond sharing illustrations, I loved developing and creating something people could enjoy.

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 5)

When it comes to the value of good intentions, there are a number of quotes illustrating the harm that can be wrought by those who mean well. The passion to make a difference, no matter how noble, is a raw and untapped energy whose power is about as limitless as its potential. Lightning without the guidance of a proper channel can be utterly destructive but, in the proper hands, the source of illumination.

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 4)

An underlying concern that goes hand-in-hand with the issues of the Savior Complex is the lingering impact of a traveler's visit. Here, impermanence can often be dismissed as disregard. It's simple enough, with the perceived insincerity ascribed to the traditionally introspective tourist outlook, to breathe life into the perception that the average visitor cares little for the daily struggles and long-term issues faced by their hosts. They might even forget them altogether once they've returned home. This is a false assumption.

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 3)

Voluntourism doesn’t come cheap. Beneath the gloss of service activities and good intentions, critics note, it’s still a vacation. Between transportation and lodging, the price tag attached to building a school or joining in local craft sessions grows steadily. For what these travelers are willing to pay, some critics ask, can't they just cut a check and leave the work to the professionals? Does the warm, fuzzy feeling that travelers carry back home with them justify routing inexperienced volunteers into projects that could be undertaken by local experts and craftsmen?

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The Impact of our Travels (Part 2)

"Voluntourism" isn't the only recent addition to the traveler's lexicon. The phrase "Savior Complex" has also become the subject of heated debates regarding the appropriate role of travelers in the communities they visit and the consequences left in their wake. Critics of voluntourism also ask, rightly so, whether or not the short-term benefits of such visits will amount to much in the long run. Good intentions aside, is it all really worth the hype?

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 1)

From the way young entrepreneurs seek to do business and the approaches larger titans of the travel industry assess their footprints in the lands they connect, right down to the choices made by individual travelers in the course of their journeys, the generational mindset toward how and why we travel is changing. In the wake of such a shift it seems worthwhile to ask, will the outcome bring more harm than good?

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