Archive for May, 2011


…..Friday’s “Mystery Meat”…..Vertical Geomorphs Combined

    ~ 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 playing catch-up, I wanted to get some of the more recent vertical geomorphs into a quick PDF file. Click on the image for the full page PDF. I excluded the “Creepy Crypts” morph, because I’m feeling the need to expand on that theme. I’ve got two cap pieces, along with two sets of cap corners, and some side pieces. All of which I posted previously. Now I just have them together into a single easy to print/store/shred file. Enjoy!


Bastion….A Vertical Geomorph of Conflict….

     I’m back, It’s been too long since I lasted posted anything. This is a new vertical geomorph with some side morphs. It is the “Bastion”, I envisioned an underground fortification, to defend against the hordes of goblins, orcs, kobolds or whatever your favorite horde happens to be. The horde is constantly lurking in the caverns and catacombs, scurrying through the tunnels, skittering up the chains, sneaking onto the ledges to fire arrows at the fortress. The denizens of the fortress, Dwarves, Gnomes, whatever….are in a constant state of alert, defending their side of the caverns. Anyway, that’s how I saw it, and how I tried to depict it. Hope you all enjoy this one.

    Here is the full geomorph, with a multi-level fortress, parapets, ladders etc. for getting between levels. Then on the other side are lots of caves and ledges wherein hide the “Hordes” they use chains to help move up and down.

    Here is the side geomorph of the “Fortress” side, a large tower with a sprial staircase leads down to the other levels. Two narrow stone bridges seperate the fortress side from the tower. If the hoard gets past the “Fortress” the last line of defense is the tower overlooking the two bridges.

     Finally we have the “Horde” side geomorph, lots of caves, tunnels, ledges and chains for the sneaky little gits to move around with. It is here where they will gather for their final assault on the fortress.

UPDATE: Here is an image of all three of the morphs together:


….Road Trip….

     Greetings all, sorry for the lack of posts this weekend….took a break from everthing for a bit. Now I am in St. Cloud, MN….installing cameras etc. at an IRS office (Yay Me…) I won’t have access to a scanner, so I won’t be posting any new drawings….but I may be able to consolidate some of the recent ones into a full page pdf file. Just not tonight….it was a long drive and a long day.


…..Friday’s “Mystery Meat”…..Posted Just Before Midnight….

    ~ 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 Back to the “Mystery Meat”…..on the menu this week, we have a classic. One of my favorite images from when first found D&D was this image, I’m pretty sure it was from the Holmes edition. (I can’t find my copy right now to verify that) The Stone Skull cross-section view of a dungeon layout.

     This one single image, really blew me away at the time. So many possibilities, so many ideas all filled my head the more I looked at it. I used it as a template, dungeons I drew up that had more than a single level, always had a cross-sectional view. In homage to that wonderful picture, I serve up this simple Stone Skull Cap piece for all the new vertical geomorphs. As a free bonus two more corners as well. Enjoy!!!

     And, like I said a two new corner pieces…..for that everyday low price of…..Free!!!

     Here’s a .jpg of all three pieces together, these too will be included in a full page PDF as soon as I get a chance.


Vertical Geomorph 8 (Set 2) …..Creepy Crypts…..

     Here’s a new Geomorph, it’s going to show up on the full page PDF of the last post, the sides, corners, etc. This one is kind of fun, it’s a bunch of  “Creepy Crypts”!!! I really like the way this one turned out, mostly. The entry ways into the large vaulted, multi level crypt, are open archways from the circular stairs on each side of it. I still don’t like the way these look, as they aren’t all that clear, I just don’t have any better way to do it yet. The large columns don’t help, as they kind of muddle up the sides, but I needed and wanted them there….to give the room a large vaulted chamber look. Oh well, it’s still a fun geomorph, and I had a lot of fun drawing this up. I also tried hard to make the wall mounted torches NOT look like floating carrots, (Yes Matt, I’m talking to you…:) I’m not sure I succeded on that count…..:)  As always enjoy…..


Vertical Geomorphs, Cap, Sides & Corners….(I’m a Dave’s Mapper Monkey)

     I wanted to get these posted last night, but just got too tired to finish up the process. Here is a cap piece, two corners, two sides, and a standard geomorph. Dave’s Mapper just needed some corner and side love vertical style. First we have the cap piece, a simple two-level tower, with a moat and a draw bridge.

     Next we have the standard geomorph, this time I tried a few new things, not sure how well they worked. (If anyone can think of a better representation of these let me know) The first is a the staircase coming towards us in the top room, it is an open stairway to the room side, and I have corridor going under it (The dotted lines) to an open archway (a sideview of the archway stones at the end of the dotted lines) Did any of that make any sense? Anyway, the second is the secret door (which faces us along the back wall of the room) it leads to a ladder (down to steps the come towards us) Like I said, not sure if that is all very clear or not. If anyone has suggestions to help, please let me know.

     Next, I have the two corner pieces, nothing too special, just had to make something for the corners.


     Last I have my side pieces, the first with chains and platforms in a deep cavern pit.

     The second one is a vertical set of dungeon cells, reached by a platform on a chain that can by winched up and down. Weird, I know, but a little different…..these are vertical geomorphs after all.


     Finally, here’s a .jpg of the complete set, I still have to go back and darken my lines like I normally do. I’ll be making some more sides, and standard geomorphs on the sheet, so I’ll get to a full page PDF when the entire sheet is done.


Vertical Geomorphs (Set 1)…..Or How I stopped Worrying & Learned To Love Being “A Trained Monkey”

     Jeff Rients started this thing with his “Challenge” for vertical geomorphs. Risus Monkey got it “Right” , Dyson, I think, is still in “Denial” ,  M.S. Jackson is “Rocking It” and I started with the “Epic Fail” and am now just tagging along for the ride. At least we’re having fun (we are having fun aren’t we…?) Anyway here is the first complete set of my Vertical Geomorphs (Set-1). Click on the image for a full page PDF. Enjoy!!!




….More Vertical Geomorphs…..”Monkey In Training”

     Here are the last two vertical geomorphs in my first set of 6. The first one is some more of the rickety wooden construction platforms, with “Chains”….(I’m talking to you m.s. jackson..:) The second one is a lot of fun, here we have an underground lake surrounding a small dark tower. The only way to get to that area is to climb a tall natural shaft. Entering the tower leads to a deep temple worshiping the tentacle god, which of course lurks in the murky depths of the lake. (Sorry m.s. I couldn’t resist lifting your idea for that…..) I had to go in and digitally clean up the lines for the tentacles and the statue, as my pen strokes just couln’t muster the detail I needed, feels like I cheated a little there…but it was worth it for the look I got., I think. I do want to give full credit to m.s. jackson over at ….Lapsus Calumni…. for the inspiration for the “Tentacle God” thank you sir!!! Watch that kid, I expect to see some more great stuff to come.


…..Friday’s “Mystery Meat”…..Leftovers Edition!

     Welcome to another edition of Friday’s “Mystery Meat”…..the Leftovers Edition. I am reposting the vertical geomorphs from yesterday, re-scanned for better quality, plus as an added a bonus one brand spanking new one. All for that everyday low price of whatever the hell you pay each month for your internet connection!! For some reason I see these vertical geomorphs in a whimiscal light, maybe because of various cartoons and some ads I used to see in various RPG publications. I seem to remember some side view dungeon images of a comical nature back in the day. Wish I had some exmples of what I mean. (If anyone has anything like that, please send me an image or link). Anyway that is how I have been approaching these things. Drawing in all the little details, gives these a slight cartoon feel and I am enjoying the results thus far. Hope you kids like em…!!!!

       Vertical-Geomorph 1 (Set-1)  This one has at the top a large 2 level room with an open stairway, halfway down the steps is a balcony that overlooks the lower level with a ledge and archway that leads to “where ever”…?? Continuing down the steps leads to  the lower open level. A secret door opens to a spiked pit trap, above which, there trap door that is reached by the ladder. There is another trap that drops the un-wary into a pit filled with water/acid/chocolate pudding…(what ever:). There is also a chamber with some coffins and a secret room with a treasure chest. Fun Times!

     Vertical-Geomorph 2 (Set-1)  This one has a door leading to a deep vertical shaft filled with water, a secret door at the bottom leads somewhere else. There is a statue in the lower room that, when properly triggered, slides forward reavealing a hidden stairway. There is also yet another secret door behind the statue. Fun Times 2!!

     Vertical-Geomorph 3 (Set-1)  This is my favorite so far. Here we have a large open cavern with a whole lot of (construction?) going on. Ramshackle wooden platforms at various levels with a large (working?) crane. A secret passageway leads to a long ladder into the depths. Wooden you like to have some fun!!!

     Vertical-Geomorph 4 (Set-1)  This one has a large cavern with a narrow stone bridge spanning a large chasm. At the bottom of the chasm is a secret passeway leading into the underworld. Getting into running battles on a narrow bridge and falling down Fun!!!!


Vertical Geomorphs….Not So “Epic Fail”….and I’m No One’s Monkey…..

    Here are some of my new vertical geomorphs, I drew these up last night. Seeing as how Dyson is worried about being Jeff Rient’s monkey this morning. I figured I better post these, because I am no one’s monkey. I scanned these at work, so the quality isn’t as good as usual, I’ll re-scan them at home and swap them out later. Like I said, I’m no one’s monkey, but I didn’t want Dyson to feel alone. I “monkeyed” around with some vertical geomorphs earlier…..which was an “Epic Fail” but still very cool. Now I’m just running with the “Monkey” pack/herd/troop…whatever. As always….Enjoy!!

Village Morph Dice

Dyson’s Delves

Heros and Other Worlds

Zak S. Vornheim

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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