So you want to know a little bit about Dan DiPietro, aye? You roll a successful insight check, fortunately for me, it’s not a crit, so I don’t have to give you all the skeletons in my closet. I will at least give you the broad strokes of how I got to developing this website and the RPG content on it.
From the moment I got in high school, I knew I wanted to be in the creative industry. I wanted to broaden my creative interests beyond just illustration, so I chose to go to Champlain College for their Graphic Design & Multimedia Bachelors Degree program. There I learned about the nuances of design, websites, marketing, photography, videography, and more illustration classes. To see my professional work, head on over to my Career page or LinkedIn page for more details.
Nerdy, But Not Weird
I have some eclectic hobbies to some, but for me, they are an expression of my inner interests. And you get to meet interesting people! In winters, I like to play console or computer games or sit down to a good role-playing game session. I like to illustrate maps as you may have been able to tell already. I occasionally attend events and battle in medieval armor with other medieval reenactment enthusiasts in a group called the SCA. I used to run a dodgeball group for 8 years and I could certainly dodge, dip, duck, and dive. In the warmer months, I love the outdoors and get in as much time in the sun as I can since Vermont gives only a short window of outside activities. My favorite outdoor activities are fishing, camping, and boating. Preferably all three at once!
All of that as well as living in a wonderful neighborhood with my wife, two kids, and two Siamese cats.
What got me into RPGs
Since I can remember, I have been playing fantasy games. Some of my earliest childhood memories were designing worlds. At the time when I started, THAC0 was the way AD&D was played. As a youngster, I couldn’t wrap my brain around it so I took the easiest pieces and made my own monsters to play with. It was a THICK book of ideas.
As I grew up, my illustration did, too. There was no reason to draw something nice, illustrating monsters and impending doom was way more fun. Not only that but very memorable and exciting.
After I got married and had my first child I decided that getting back into my old passions would be a good idea. I couldn’t find a role-playing group locally among friends so I discovered Roll20 in 2013. In 2016, I bought an iPad Pro and downloaded Procreate. The rest is history. I ramped up my website and starting putting my artwork out there for the world to see.