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29
Jan
13

Dyson’s Delves….The Book…!!!

Dyson's Delves

      I have been meaning to write-up a post on this, ever since I received my copy in the mail. I ordered the hard cover version, to support Dyson and I like a good hard cover book. What can I say, it was Dyson’s blog that inspired me to blog and map myself, so I really won’t review the book, as I would be too biased.  I will say, as a fan of Dyson’s considerable body of work, that I am very pleased to have been able to purchase all these maps in one quality volume. (Click on the cover image above to go to Lulu if your interested in buying the book.)

     A quick run-down of the book:

     Pages 1-3: Introduction and table of contents. My favorite part, “-thus you don’t have to write  in the volume itself if you don’t want to deface it. That said, I truly recommend defacing the volume yourself as you go as it makes for a truly unique book that has been customized to your campaign,…”

     Pages 4-59: Completely keyed and stocked dungeons that have been previously seen on Dyson’s blog. Dyson’s Delves levels 1-11, The Charmed Grotto, Ruins of the Gorgon, The Worm’s Gullet and Erdea Manor. I feel Erdea Manor is one of the most ambitious creations Dyson has churned out.

    Pages 60-149: A great collection of some of Dyson’s best maps, each with a lined blank page next to it for stoking it as you see fit. Like dyson said in the intro, “…I truly recommend defacing the volume yourself…” I think that is just what I will do with some of those maps and this book! It will be Dyson’s book personalized by me.

    Pages 150-155: The Twisted Halls of Mornard’s Revenge, this is an exclusive adventure found only in the hard cover version of the book. I have not read it yet, so I won’t comment on it. It does have a sweet map though.

    Pages 156-157: The Open Gaming License.

    Like I said, this is not a review, I am and always will be a big fan of Dyson’s work. I do not know if there are any of the hard copies left, it was limited to 100 copies I think.  If you haven’t bought a copy yet check it out, I think it sells as a  soft cover version and a PDF version. Now I’m going to go and scribble all over Dyson’s hard work…:)!!!

02
Dec
12

Stonewerks: Updates and Organization

   Just a quick update here at Stonewerks.  I finally got around to updating and organizing my pages here, putting most of my maps, geomorphs, and vertical geomorphs into their respective pages.  It is much easier now to find all of these now, each image is linked to a downloadable PDF for your convenience.  As always, you are free to use anything I’ve posted, all I ask is that I be given credit for the image.  It is a gentleman’s agreement, I post this stuff to be shared with anyone who enjoys it.

   I have also added links on the side to Chris Brandon’s “Heros and Other Worlds” game that just came out and to “Dungeonmorph Dice”.  I hope you will all check out and support “Heros and Other Worlds”  it’s a great little game that Chris put a lot of care into, and it shows!  The cover painting, rendered by Chris’s wife, is worth the price of admission alone (IMHO).  I will be posting my review of the game shortly.

-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.




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Heros and Other Worlds

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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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