Author Archive for AJ Stone



29
Nov
12

Some new 5-Minute Maps

   Here are a couple of new 5-Minute maps.  The first one has stairs leading to a room with a balcony. It goes on to some dungeon cells, a trap in front of a false door and some side rooms.  The second one is a cave complex, there is a large cavern with a pool of water.  There is also a series of tunnels and caves that go deeper underground. The second map I did as a 5-Minute map, but then took a couple of extra minutes to detail it with rocks, dirt and extra cross-hatching. (I couldn’t resist making it a little more detailed).  So it is not a true “5-Minute Map” but I kind of like the way it looks now.

09
Nov
12

….Friday’s “Mystery Meat”….A Map Doodle…

~ Attention. Here’s an update on tonight’s dinner. It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight’s mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed “some kind of beef.”~

     I drew this sitting at my desk the other day over my lunch hour.  It’s mostly just a doodle, I didn’t have any of my Sharpie pens handy, so I was using a Sharpie marker with ultra fine point.  The lines from that marker are not nearly as crisp as I am used to.  I was just doodling away on a small yellow legal pad and this map is the result.  It is a simple cave network with an underground river that leads outside.  There is a seperate cave that is only accessible through the underground river.  In that cave is a casket, I wonder what is inside?  As always enjoy…

08
Nov
12

5-Minute Map # 3….The Shortcut?

   Here is my third 5-minute map. Very similar to the last one, except I envisioned this one as a passage through an impassable cliff face or something like that. My rope bridge turned out a little better than the last one. I drew this one right after the second one, so those ideas were still running around in my head,  just executed it a bit better.  As always enjoy!

07
Nov
12

5-Minute Map # 2….Not so good….

  This was my next attempt at a 5-Minute map, this one  just didn’t turn out so good.  The bridge across the crevice was supposed to be a rope and plank bridge, it sure didn’t end up looking that way. It was only 5 minutes, so no big deal, these things really teach you to focus and draw quickly. For me, I like to get in some cross-hatching so I try to leave a little time at the end to do that, just hard to do. Enjoy!

05
Nov
12

My first 5-Minute Map

   I have been watching the whole 5-Minute map thing lately, and decided to have a go at it. Man, 5 minutes is not very much time, but it is kind of fun to draw against a timer. This one was done in exactly 5 mins, I set the sharpie pen down when the timer went off. I did erase the grid lines, and did an anisotropic diffuse of the image in photoshop to smooth out the lines (something I always do with my maps and geomorphs). I did another 7 of these things, some are ok, some not so good. I’ll post those as well.

09
Dec
11

I Finally Got the Complete Set….

      It took me a little while  but I kept searching on Ebay, and I finally got the complete set of the Original Dungeons & Dragons little brown books. I bought each one seperately, they may not be mint copies but at least I now own a set. Volume 1 and 2 are a little stained and beat up, volume 3 is actually in pretty good shape. I never intended to get them as a collector, for me it is more a matter of being able to look into the history of D&D by reading the original rules. Back in the 70′s I think the set was like $10.00, I paid a grand total of $53.82 for this set.  Adjusting for inflation I don’t think I did too bad. It’s a lot of fun reading these things, I may have to try and run a game using just these books.

12
Nov
11

OSR Team-Up “Sword & Shield with Stonewerks”

  Greetings True Believers! Just announcing as Fenway did over at his Sword & Shield blog, our collaboration on a new project. He will be doing most of the writing, while I work on maps, drawings etc. to make this adventure/mini-campaign come to life. He had this awesome idea of a comic book cover to announce the project….I just ran with the ball. Loads of fun doing a retro comic book style cover. We’ll be posting updates as the project progresses.

31
Oct
11

New Pocket Full of Perils From Sword & Shield

     Fenway 5 over at Sword & Shield Rocks Face..!!! He used a couple more my maps and turned them into some of his very cool Pocket Full of Peril formats.  I really enjoy seeing the direction he goes with these.  Its usually not the way I envisioned them, which makes it so fascinating for me to see the finished creation.  Thats one of the things I like about the creative side of  OSR blogging, you create something, put it out there for people to use however they want, then watch the magic happen.

      The first PFoP Fenway created “Bleak Water Village”  was from one of my personal favorite maps.  A pencil drawing of a village I drew over 10 years ago.  I posted it a while ago in one of my “Friday Mystery Meat” posts.  The way he ended up describing the village and buildings was awesome, a complete 180 from the way I saw it, but so much more fun.  Here is the original map.

Here is Fenway5′s version, in his handy dandy PFoP format, just click on the image to go to the post on his blog.

      The next PFoP is #10 “The Rising of the Wickerman”  this one really blew me away, he used one of my vertical maps “The Burial Crypt” and turned it into a very imaginative little PFoP. Check out this gem from his description of it;

                   “Search parties were created, adventurers hired and eventually many years later on a bleak and withered hill a tomb door was found with one word–WICKERMAN inscribed upon it.” 

      The sense of dread created by that sentence, with the single inscription “Wickerman” really shines IMHO. I highly recommend checking it out, the man does some really great stuff.  Click on the image to go to post for this. One final word on Sword & Shield, Fenway5 has created a lot of really great little pocket mod games over there, so go check it out.  Keep up the great work Fenway!

28
Aug
11

…..The Pit of Despair…..

     Surfing the OSR blog-o-sphere the other day I came across this image posted over at The “Fighting Fantasist. It inspired me to create a map I call the “The Pit of Despair”

     This is the map I drew from said inspiration. It starts with a wide, deep pit, your adventurers will need lots of rope and iron spikes to climb down this thing. At the bottom is an underground lake with a large tentacled monster ready pull any who survived the climb down to a watery, horrible death. Anyone still standing after that will have to swim under water to go any further into the pit. They soon discover the large natural stone pillars, which must be climbed to reach the ledge above. From here it is a relatively easy climb to the long stairs leading to a large ancient temple, look out for that crevasse! The ancient temple has a large magical eternal flame burning on top of it, lighting up the cavern with an evil glow. Once inside there is a small dungeon beneath the temple which leads to a shrine with the statue of a long forgotten demon. Who built the temple? What is the name of this ancient unknown demon? Does anyone dare to utter it’s name? As always enjoy. I’d love to hear from anyone who uses this to create an adventure. I’ll link to it or even post it here.  Click on the image for a full page PDF.

26
Aug
11

A Burial Crypt……..It’s Been Way Too Long..!!!

    It’s been way, way too long since I’ve posted anything here. I drew this the other day, and cleaned it up a little in photoshop. It’s a burial mound/burial crypt. It starts off with a long corridor of columns leading to a stairway down. Then there are arches opening into crypts with arched ceilings. A sprial stairway leads to a hallway full of nasty traps, blades that swing down from the ceiling, a heavy stone slab with spikes and a deep pit with even more wicked spikes. The hallway protects the main burial chamber and the secrets that lie within. Enjoy!!




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About this blog

    This blog came into being after I discovered the OSR blog scene. I was inspired by Dyson Logos and his blog, specifically his geomorph project. Check out his awesome work: "Dyson's Dodecahedron" The style and the simple elegance of his 10 x 10 squares put me on a mapping roll. I have blatently (...and respectfully) emulated his style and now have pages upon pages of geomorphs. Along with more location specific maps in that same style.

   My intent for this blog is for it to be more than just maps and geomorphs. However, for now, I'm just enjoying this burst of creativity inspired by Dyson and the entire OSR community.

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