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AI Generated Discontent

Human creativity is a wonderful thing.


Legendary Encounters: Firefly illustration
Legendary Encounters: Firefly – Zoë, a spitting image
Veilwraith illustration
Veilwraith – Look mom, I found a sharpie!

There’s some uproar in “the business” about AI generated illustrations. It is time for Solitaire Times to take a stand. Let’s join the choir, shall we?


Boo!


You don’t need AI to create rubbish! People are so much better at it.


We care a lot

Beginning or independent game designers may not have the money to hire artists. In the past they used copyright free material, now they turn to AI. And that’s alright. But bigger companies have no other excuse than greed. Grrreed! It’s like not thinking up your own setting for a game but using something imagined by a creative person who happens to be dead for 70+ years so it’s up for grabs. We would never, ever accept big companies publishing a Lovecraftian themed game. So why would we accept games with artwork that hasn’t been payed for?


Oh.


That’s right. We don’t care. Like these companies, we are cheap. And for the same reason we don’t care if somebody uses AI right now. The only thing that matters with a Cthulhu game is whether it’s good or bad. The only thing that matters with people using AI… you know what? I’m going to call them artists, this is just another tool. The only thing that matters with artists using AI is whether the art they produce is good or bad. Right now, human beings are able to produce both better good art and better bad art with conventional tools. So AI generated content sucks. But soon that will change. And we’ll adapt.


Fearing transformation

Still, people have joined The Resistance. Threatening to eliminate anyone touching AI. Because things were so much better when we were young and a man was a man and when he needed a shed, he built it

with his

own

bare

hands.


So yeah, alright. Let’s not use AI. Let’s not use Photoshop. Let’s not use the internet. Let’s not use any electronic equipment. And let’s harass anyone who does. But why stop there?


Hey! You! Why didn’t you have that rulebook written by a professionally educated writer? Why didn’t you have her write it with a quill? Why didn’t 1,000 monks copy those rulebooks for mass production?


Dice Settlers illustration
Dice Settlers - Good old times

Why didn’t you transport your games on a cart, going from village to village?


Why didn’t you use a town crier for your marketing?


Why don’t you grow your own food?


Why don’t you live in a cave?


Why don’t you have an original thought?


Why, oh why, do you even exist?


Please, please, please world, why don't you leave me alone!


😭😭😭

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Derek
Derek
Apr 27

For me, I much prefer human artwork on my table. As an artist myself, it just speaks to me. However, I'm playing a game for more reasons than just the artwork. So although my preference is human art in my games, I won't shun a good game just because it has A.I. artwork. A good game to me, is a good game. 😊

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 20

Anyway, the only thing worth saying after such a post, is that wallet mill reep wurst.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 20
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Oh, sorry, I meant reeep wurrst.

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You’re a FOOL! A.I takes away work from everyone

Soon game creators will use AI to create games

Enjoy your solitaire games without being able to provide a job for your family

Kill all robots before they kill us

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JW
JW
Apr 20
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Thanks! But I am not the most serious person 😉

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 19

I initially thought that this Dice Settlers was a collage of yours out of several pieces...


Anyway, I think we came to a point in human history where we are growing increasingly suspicious of technologies. Let's think of agrarian technologies: for long, improving selection and exploitation techniques were important step forwards toward a lessening of the risk of drought. Then comes our present times, with pesticides wiping out biodiversity and poisoning the soils, in the name of the short-term profit of big agricultural industries. Or we spend crazy amounts of energy to have tomatoes grow in Sweden in the heart of winter because people just want tomatoes in every season. But, hey, you wouldn't want to go back to the…


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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 22
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That guy with the pants going down the knees is definitely a weird alien in disguise.


I think the only non-suspicious person on the picture is the guy not walking. If I were to stumble upon Cthulhu playing monopoly on the sidewalk, I would sure stop for a while - and strongly considering going in the other direction.

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