13
Oct
21

Sledgemoor Swamp

Sledgemoor Swamp Map

Here is my Sledgemoor Swamp map, it is part of the same campaign world as the Merewood map. This was the handout I gave my players last night. Trollshire is the main city in this area, a wretched hive of scum and villainy. It is a city built on multiple levels, buildings built on top of each other with lots of catwalks, bridges, etc. all built around the trunks of these massive swamp trees, hundreds of feet tall. It was inspired by this image I found on the interwebs, I would give credit to who ever painted this picture, but haven’t found the name of the artist yet.

Not sure who painted this picture, but it is the image that inspired Trollshire.

Jonestowne, LeCroix, and Tucketville are small towns, they are populated by Swamp Goblins / Gremlins ala Malifaux miniatures. I loved the concept of Creole sounding goblins, living in the swamps. So I bought a bunch of those Malifaux Gremlins for the campaign game. Named the towns after their miniature counterparts. Sledgemoor swamp and the surrounding environs is not a place for the weak, and should be fun for many gaming sessions.

11
Oct
21

Merewood – My Current Campaign – The First Map

Hi all, for the last few years I joined up with a regular gaming group. Started a campaign with them, and this is the first campaign map I gave them. It is a sandbox style campaign, just been rolling with players, it’s always fun to see which way they decide to go. I just need to keep up with them each week. They all started the very first session in the small village of Crossroads, then ended up in Blackthorne. It has been their base of operations and is the home of Ugly John’s Tavern. (More on Ugly John’s in a future post) Just needed to post something, more to come.

The original map drawing
08
Aug
19

…..A DYI Drop Table…..

I created this little DIY dice drop table last year, works well if you put it inside a game box lid, (keeps the dice from bouncing all over). You can fill out one for certain types of monsters, dungeon levels, or outdoor terrain areas. I don’t know if it is cheating or not, but I drew out the weapons larger on paper, then scanned them, reduced the image sizes and then cut and pasted them into the table. The label banners, I drew them up separate, until I liked them, then pasted them in as well. It was a fun exercise, and I hope you get to try them out. Email me a copy of any that you fill out, and I will post them here. In a pinch it could also serve as a quick battle mat although the squares are only 3/4 of inch when printed out as a PDF.  Just Click on the image below to download the PDF Version. Have fun with it and enjoy!

 

Here is an example of a filled out Dice Drop Table:

 

 

22
May
19

…..DungeonMorphs Revenge KickStarter, only 35 Hours Left Now…..

Once again, I am privileged to be apart of the Dungeonmorph Revenge Dice Kickstarter. There are only 35 hours left to go now, and last I checked we were up to just over 24k, so the project is funded. This time we have the battlemat style cards, as well as the great dice and regular cards. Check it out and pick up some awesome dice, cards, and the new battlemats.

17
May
19

….Banshee Mist Hill….

Here is a map I drew awhile ago, I as experimenting with decorating the floor squares. Not sure how I feel about those cavern floors, but they have been growing on me. I do like the dungeon floors. Thinking I will keep that style for new maps. I have no story or background for this, but I may be using the map as a quick drop in to my campaign sometime. Here is a link to the PDF file, feel free to use it for personal use.

Banshee Mist Hill-1

 

15
May
19

….”The Fantasy Trip Character Sheets” or “What does one post when they haven’t posted anything in 5 years”…….

It’s been way too long since I posted on this blog, time to fire it up again. Why did I stop posting here, I have no idea, but mostly I think I just got lazy. So anyways enough about that.

I found a really solid gaming group last spring, and for the first few months I did not have to DM. We played 5th edition and get together every Tuesday night. We have five regular players (including me) and four or five others that pop in and out. Then Kyle (Our DM) asked me to start up a campaign so he could play once in awhile. I told them we would go old school, using a mish-mash of the Holmes Blue Book and AD&D. They all originally started playing with the 4th edition I guess, so they really had no idea what to expect. I created a sandbox campaign and had them create characters (2 for each player in the beginning as I knew some would die, and they did). Turns out they really enjoy the old style rules and my campaign has been going strong ever since. I will be posting more on that in some later posts.

Today I am just posting some TFT (The Fantasy Trip) character sheets, I got the new boxed set from Steve Jackson Games Kickstarter. I remember seeing the game in the late 70’s early 80’s and I always thought it looked fun, but I never got a copy back then. I eventually picked up some original copies of Melee and Wizard on Ebay, but still had never played it. Once I received my new set, I was so happy to see the reverse side of the Mega Hexes were drawn by Dyson, that was a very cool surprise. Kudos Dyson! I brought the game to our group, and we gave it try. I just have to say WOW, we had so much fun, we play it quite regularly now. It’s fast, quick, and deadly perfect for winding done after a good session of D&D or those nights when not everyone can make it. We’ve had battles between Highlanders and Romans, Fighters and Orcs, Wizards battles, it’s a lot of fun to get creative with. I was inspired to make up my own character cards so here it is, the health boxes on the bottom are Dyson’s style of boxes, I copied his style, but I got his permission to post this first.  Click this link for a full sheet of for full PDF sheet of five cards for your own personal use, just print and cut them apart: Full Sheet 3×5 Cards

Our group like these cards more than ones in the game, and I have started on a new improved version as well. Enjoy.

 

25
Nov
14

….Dungeonmorph Kickstarter….Funded and then some….

DungeonMorphKS

Wahoo!!! Dungeonmorph Kickstarter for Cities and Villages Dice Sets has been funded and we got far enough to be able to produce all three sets, which we were really hoping to do. Thanks so much to all the people that supported and pledged to this project. I was watching this on and off all day, I was amazed at how it just kept going and going, I am very happy that we are able to do all three sets now. I have a lot of drawing to do now………:)

25
Nov
14

….Dungeonmorph Kickstarter….Cities & Villages….13 Hours Left..!!!

DungeonMorphKS

 

The Dungeonmorph Kickstarter for Cities and Villages Dice sets, has really started to take off! We are at around $14,397 at the moment and are hoping to get it up to $19,000 in order to make the third set of dice, ruins. If you have not pledged yet, now is a good time to jump in. If you have already pledged for a few sets, it would be a great time to bump up your pledge for an extra set or two. With the improved original sets and the new cities/villages sets you’ll have plenty of dice set options to chose. So check it out and help us hit the final goals with this last push.

21
Nov
14

….”Friday’s Mystery Meat”….Some More Village w/ River Morphs….

~ 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.”~

    Welcome again to this weeks edition of “Friday’s Mystery Meat”, I have been very busy  with the Village-City Dungeonmorph Dice project. Since, I don’t have any of my new stuff scanned and ready for this today,  I have this set of village geomorphs with rivers that was an earlier test run for the Dungeonmorph Dice project, since it looks like they will not be used at all on the new dice, I thought I would just share them here. If they ever do get used, well I guess you seen them here first. Joe Wetzel has posted several pages of the village-city geomorph designs on the Kickstarter page, some of my original ones along with the ones I converted to the hand drawn style. Go check them out if you haven’t yet. Anyways hope you all have a great weekend. Click on the image below for the PDF. As always enjoy!!

Village-River-2sm

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.




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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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