Sunday, 2 June 2019

UK Games Expo 2019

I've been meaning to go to the Expo (or indeed any gaming convention) for quite some time now - so, after much deliberation, I decided that 2019 was going to be the year that I finally made it to one :)

Anyway, around midday (Friday, after an early lunch), I hopped on the first of three busses (probably not the wisest of travel choices), and after 2 hours I finally arrived at the NEC.

Now, with it being my first time, the plan was to simply have a walk around the venue, make a few purchases (more on that later), and generally just take it all in...

(just one of the main halls)

...and that's pretty much what I did!

Along the way I passed the SquareHex booth (that's the guys who are publishing in-print versions of some of my dungeon textures)...

...and I have to admit that it was a pretty big deal for me to see some of my stuff actually for sale at the UK's biggest gaming con. It was also good to hear that all of the 'starter sets' that they had brought along for the day had already sold out (and that they would have to put together even more sets for the rest of the convention).

So, as I say, that was really good news - and it was nice to actually meet the SquareHex guys at last!

I also bumped into a friend of mine (who was handing out leaflets for his own RPG systems)... make sure to check them out if they sound like your kind of thing!

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Now, because I'm on a pretty tight budget at the moment, I set myself a rough spending limit of around £100, and this is what I picked up...

...and the Saltmarsh book was a steal at £25 (even Amazon can't beat that price).

And,I know it might seem a little strange that I'd pick up another battlemat (since I already have large and small wet-erase ones, and because I build so much terrain) ...but this is going to be part of my 'travel GMs kit' - and will fit neatly into a folder :) ). And you might also be able to tell, I stopped by the Epic Dungeon Tiles booth (as that's one of the crafting channels I follow on YouTube), and picked up a couple of his statues as well.

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So yeah, I'm really glad that I went - and there was so much more that I could have done and bought if I had more time and more cash :)

However, I can't help but feel that I didn't get the full experience, and that four hours of just wandering the main halls isn't nearly enough. So, next time (as I'm sure there'll be a next time) I think a whole weekend might be in order.

That way, I can maybe try some demo games, or jump into an RPG session or two, and perhaps even record some footage for the YouTube channel. Basically, just be a bit more sociable, and get more involved ;)

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Expanding the Patreon Campaign.

For quite some time now, people have been asking if I intend on running a Patreon campaign for the YouTube channel - but I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to do so at first.

The main reasons behind this feeling were:

1) All the pdf files are available as pay-what-you-want downloads - so if you wanted to support the channel financially, there was already a way of doing so.

2) I didn't want to seem too greedy by having this stuff be both PWYW and on Patreon.

3) I already have a Patreon campaign for the VTT maps that I create, and I'm pretty sure that having more than one campaign running at the same time is frowned upon.

However, the requests have kept on coming in, and so I have asked my existing patrons if they would have any objections to me rolling the YouTube stuff into the same Patreon campaign as the VTT maps. And, as you can probably tell by the title of this post, I was encouraged to do so!

So, whether you're interested in the VTT tiles for use in your online games, or if you're a fan of the 2.5D tiles for use on the regular tabletop, the Patreon campaign will now include both of these projects (along with any other random 'dungeon stuff' that I come up with along the way ;) ).

However, just like before, the aim is NOT to hide any of the finished tiles/textures/maps behind a paywall (that has never been my intention for these) - though there are a few benefits/rewards for those that want to join me on Patreon, and it would be great to see more people jump on board.

So yeah, I've put this off for long enough, if you really do want to support me on this journey of mine, then here is an additional way of doing so (though please don't ever feel obliged ...just think of it as a tips jar kind of thing).

Anyway, I hope that's good news for those of you that have been prompting me to do this - I admit that it's taken me a little while to get around to it ...but better late than never :)

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Print & Paste sci-fi tiles

Back when I first started the youtube channel, I previewed a couple of sci-fi prototypes that I hoped to get around to after I'd got a nice selection of 'dungeon' themed stuff completed.

However, they kept getting pushed back as I started working on more and more fantasy terrain ...but (as you can tell by the title of this post) I've finally got around to making a starter set!

That being said, I've only completed the basics at the moment - but just like the dungeon tiles, I hope to make all manner of bits and pieces to go along with them. So (as I say in the video) this is just the beginning!

Anyway, you can grab the pdf file HERE ...and if you have a go at making any yourself, I'd love to hear how you get on :)

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Broken Talisman Player Handout

I've just released another set of 'Print & Paste' textures ...and this time I've had a go at making a player handout for a an upcoming game.

As you can see, the idea is that something like this can be used for those kinds of adventures where the characters are attempting to recover all of the missing parts of an ancient artifact (from various locations) in order to open a magical lock, or to be used to defeat a powerful villain, or similar.

And, as always, I've put together a short video that shows how they are assembled...

...and the pdf file can be found HERE (note that it's a pay-what-you-want product - so feel free to pay as much/little as you like).

Anyway, here's hoping you can put it to use!

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Basic Cave Map Timelapse

I don't think this really qualifies as a map making tutorial ...but I thought it would be of interest nonetheless:

And here's the finished map:

Hope you like it! :)

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

2500 Subscribers Giveaway Over on YouTube

Just in case you missed it, I hit 2500 subscribers at the beginning of the month - and so I decided to do another giveaway.

Anyway, today is your last chance to get your name entered into the prize draw if you want to be in with a chance of winning a set of the latest pre-printed textures, just follow the instructions in the video:

(note, in order to keep it as straight forward as possible, I'll only be counting the relevant comments on the youtube video itself)

Good Luck ...and be sure to enter before midnight (GMT) tonight!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

VTT Maps - still going strong!

I know that the blog has been featuring a lot of the 'print & paste' stuff recently, but I wanted to point out that the smaller (VTT style) maps are still going strong :) ...and that the library of 'cave maps' is steadily growing.

So, here's a quick look at a layout I've just put together that features some of the newer tiles...

...and I have to admit that they do have a bit of a 'tiled look' at the moment ...but this should become less of an issue when I get more 'feature caverns' and multi-tile caves drawn (the latter being similar to THIS).

Furthermore, I've also been trying some of these maps out with this new (at least I think it's new) 'Astral' virtual table top (that DriveThruRPG has teamed up with)...

...and, as long as you change the map to a grid size of 50, all of my tiles snap to the grid without any fuss - plus it seems to have dynamic lighting in the free version (which is nice):

Anyway, as you might already know, I have a Patreon campaign tied to these particular maps (though none of the final maps are hidden behind a paywall or anything like that), which you can find HERE.

Or, if you're not a fan a Patreon (for whatever reason), I'm also compiling them all in THIS lengthy album ...or you can find them (in a slightly more organised fashion) over on GOOGLE DRIVE.

Anyway, here's hoping you can put them to use!