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15
Nov
14

….”Friday’s Mystery Meat”….The Late Night Edition….

~ 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.”~

      It’s been a crazy busy week, I still have yet to replace my printer/scanner, and I was too busy at work to mess around with scanning things in while I was there. I have also been scheduled a lot at the restaurant this week so I have not had a lot of free time. On top of all that I celebrated the 31st anniversary of my 21st birthday yesterday, well actually Danielle and I celebrated it on Wednesday night, as I had that night off. We just went out to dinner and had a great time, I had a half dozen east coast Wash-A-Shore oysters, some calamari, and a big-ass 28 oz bone-in ribeye, with wild boar ribs. It was really nice to be sitting in the restaurant as a customer for a change, the meal was great, and the lovely Danielle was even better….but then she always is…!!!

     Since I don’t have anything scanned in right now I am not posting any new stuff this time around, but I am sharing a few new things I discovered out there on the interwebs.

First up:  “The Observations of the Fox” this guy is awesome, I love his mapwork! Apparently he too was inspired by Dyson Logos. His map drawing tutorials are absolutely beautiful. I already understood most of the techniques he describes, but I am always willing to learn something new. I was so happy to find some new concepts in his tutorials that I will be trying out soon. I am surprised that it took me this long to discover his blog. If you haven’t seen it, go do it now.

Second up: I was checking out Gothridge Manor tonight, always, always great stuff on that blog. I saw a post about Mythoard so I had to go look at it myself, two minutes later I subscribed. I love the whole concept. Basically it is a subscription to a box of random gaming goodies, adventures, minis, dice, etc..that comes to your door once a month. Now, first of all this is just a Beta run, they are doing a test run of the concept this month (which is really smart) to get all the bugs worked out. For $20 you can get the first box, and you are NOT signed up for any additional months or recurring charges. There are only a limited number of the Beta subscriptions available, once they are gone they are gone. I know that something like this is not for everyone, but for me it is! I love the being able to open a box full of random stuff, gaming stuff that I might not ever have purchased before. I do know that a concept like this works well. Mantic Games does a Mystery Box of Miniatures around Christmas time every year, and I have heard the girls at work talk of certain companies that provide the same type of Box full of random “Girl Stuff” make-up, lip gloss, moisterizers, etc…on a subscription basis….and they all love it. Check it out, I think its a great idea, and I hope they succeed…!!!

Thats all I have for now, and it’s already past midnight so now my “Friday’s Mystery Meat” has bled into Saturday….oh well…Have a great weekend.

07
Nov
14

….”Friday’s Mystery Meat”….Village Geomorphs w/ Rivers….

~ 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.”~

Well, I somehow broke one of the pins to my USB connection on my printer/scanner…Damn!!! Even though it is a wireless device as well, I can not get the wireless part to work right now. In the past when it lost the wireless connection I would have to reload the drivers and the software using the USB cable to get the wireless functionality back. It was always such a hassle, I just quit using the wireless capability. Last night I spent a couple of hours working on it, I could see it on my laptop, but without the USB connection I could not get the driver to install properly for some dumb-ass reason. So I gave up for now, I will probably just have to buy a new one soon. Hell if I could just open the case (which I see no way of doing with out seriously breaking it apart) I could just solder a new USB connector onto the circuit board…problem solved. The good news is I can adjust some settings on a scanner at work so I can scan my stuff in until I get a new one, the bad news is I just spent $60 on new printer cartridges for the damned thing. Such is life, and if that is the worst thing that happened to me this week…then life is still pretty damned good.

I told you all this, because I wanted to post something else for this week’s “Friday Mystery Meat” but I could not scan it. So instead, I have this set of village geomorphs with a river, I really like how these turned out…and I have another set of these done as well. I created these for the new Village and City sets of Dungeonmorph Dice that Joe Wetzel started on Kickstarter, but we’re not sure we will be making a set of dice with rivers this time around. The first two drawings are just concept drawings for river geomorphs, I did them just to get my head wrapped around the best way to make rivers flow on geomorphs. Besides that I had a lot of fun drawing these, if anyone wants the PDF’s for these let me know and I will link them up. I am not sure if they would be of any use for gaming but I do love how the second one looks for some odd reason…it was just fun for me.

First drawing of River Geomorphs Concepts: This one I do not like so much.

 Village-River-Morphs-Concept-1

Second Concept Drawing of River Geomorph concepts: This one I like so much more, its much more organic, and for what it’s worth….I really enjoyed drawing this….!!!!

Village-River-Morphs-Concept-2

 And finally here are the Village with Rivers Geomorphs, click on the image for a full page PDF. As always, Enjoy!

Village-River-Geomorphs

05
Nov
14

….Megamorph-4….Something Different….

This Megamorph was totally inspired by the first (or was it the second one..?) Hobbit movie, the scene when they are running through the goblin caves on all the rickety wooden platforms. In my mind when I started this, it seemed like it would be really awesome, but it did not turn out that way in my humble opinion. After some trial runs at drawing the wooden bridges/pathways I found a great way to depict them….which I plan to share in the future. But the combination of the wood bridges with the style in which I do my crevasses just gets too damned busy and doesn’t work for me visually. I can see that they would look really great over some water or less busy spaces, just not so much with my crevasse style. Even though the final drawing doesn’t work for me so much, it was really a lot of fun to draw, and is sort fun to look at. If anyone has any suggestions on how to make it work better with my style of crevasses (Which I like too much to ever change) please let me know. One idea I have had is to keep them more at right angles to the cliff faces, to break up the lines a bit more. Anyway, let me know what you all think.

Click on the image for a full page PDF, and as always enjoy!

MegaMorph-4

31
Oct
14

….”Friday’s Mystery Meat”….A Small Village….

~ 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.”~

   Just wanted to post something for “Friday’s Mystery Meat”. I drew up this village a few nights ago, its just a small village. This village has the following locations:

1. A Mill

2. Stronghold with a tower

3. Blacksmith

4. Stables

5. Manor House

6. Temple \ Church

7. Inn

8. Docks \ boat area

Nothing fancy, just a map to use and abuse, if I had more time I would label it and write up some descriptions, but I do not….so I leave that up to you.

UPDATE: I realized there were a few minor issues with the map, so I pulled them into Photoshop and cleaned them up a bit. Nothing major….just some lines that needed to go (In my eyes) and a few tweaks here and there.

Click on the image for a full page PDF, and as always enjoy!!!

 Village-SML1 copy

28
Oct
14

….Dungeonmorph Dice….Villages and Cities….On Kickstarter

I wanted to announce the new Kickstarter project that I have had the opportunity work on.  Joe Wetzel has started another Kickstarter featuring a new set of the Dungeomorph Dice, Villages and Cities.  Like the first set, I have made map/geomorph contributions to this set. This has been a fun set to work on so far, I hope you will all help to support it. Click on the Kickstarter link above or on the image below to check it out.

DungeonMorphKS

28
Oct
14

….Megamorph-3….is bigger really better….???

This is my 3rd megamorph, after doing the first two, I realized I could use the full sheet of paper making it basically 4 standard geomorphs tall and 3 wide. So I drew this monstrosity, it is a large dwarven style hall. There are huge columns, a large balcony on both sides, and a higher balcony for the dwarven king to stand up above the hall while speaking to his amassed subjects. Behind that balcony are some royal chambers for the king to get ready beforehand, with a secret escape route in case of emergencies. The megamorph also has several other large halls and some caverns. I have to admit that this is somewhat inspired by the Lord of the Rings \ The Hobbit movies. I really enjoyed the large vast chambers those movies portrayed. This is my attempt to get something like that on a map, though these are no-where near as large as what was seen in the movies. This would also be a bitch to map during a game session. Let me know what you all think?

Click on the image to get the full page PDF, and as always enjoy!

MegaMorph-3

25
Oct
14

….MegaMorph-2….The Sacrificial Abyss….

Here is the second MegaMorph I drew a few months ago. In this one we have a large gallery type area with a huge balcony overlooking the gallery. There is also a huge cavern with a very large, very deep, crevasse. It can be crossed by either the wooden rope bridge or the natural stone bridge. Off of the gallery there are the sacrificial chambers. The north chamber has a statue, were the prayers/chants/rites are given before the sacrifice, the south chamber is the sacred pool where the sacrifice is ritually bathed and cleansed in preparation. The victim/sacrifice is then walked up the large stairs to the sacrificial platform the juts up high into the air above the crevasse, then thrown into the abyss below upon completion of the ritual. The platform is high enough up that a player could in theory jump from it, trying to land on the other side of the abyss (with the proper skill/ability checks and at the GM’s discretion) of course if a sacrificial victim is tied and bound they too could try to launch themselves to the other side as well, but success would be slim seeing as how they are tied and bound. Could be some interesting role playing with the whole thing.

Click on the image for a full page PDF, and always enjoy!!

MegaMorph-2




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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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