Saturday, 12 October 2019

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Toying with the idea of a podcast

Because I obviously don't have enough projects on my plate at the moment, I've had a go at making my first (RPG) podcast over on anchor.fm (you can find it HERE or down below).




As usual, I'm a bit nervous about trying something like this - but since I listen to a few podcasts on anchor, I thought I'd give it a try myself.

Anyway, one of the cool features of the anchor (mobile) app is that listeners can use their phone to call in (for free) with questions/comments/replies/etc. ...which can then be addressed in future episodes.

So, since episode one is live, here's the show notes:

0:00 - Intro

0:35 - A brief recap of my introduction to RPGs. In this segment I reference the Bashki Lord of the Rings cartoon. What I actually meant was the one made by Ralph Bakshi (I was close at least) ...i.e. this one:

3:09 - In this part I talk about the Eye of The Beholder documentary on Amazon Prime, and the Secrets of Blackmoor on Vimeo.

5:24 - Drama at the RPG club I've been attending for a decade :(

6:52 - In this final segment I mention my latest release (the dungeon pamphlet), and talk a little bit about the YouTube Channel.

8:44 - Outro


Note that all the music and sound effects that appear in this episode are from www.zapsplat.com.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Pamphlet Dungeon : Thorfinn's Tomb

The idea of pamphlet-style adventures and 'zines isn't anything new (so I really can't take the credit for that) ...but I really do like the concept, and so I've gone ahead and jumped on the band wagon ;)


Anyway, I've had this written for a while now (I've also run it twice with 5E) - and so I've gone ahead and uploaded it to DriveThruRPG as a $1 download (though if you are a patron, you can download it for free).

So, I should probably tell you a little bit about it...

Thorfinn's Tomb is a two page (pamphlet style) adventure location suitable for starting/low-level characters.

The adventure itself is a system neutral, self-contained, one-shot - which should provide you with enough material for a single session of good old fashioned dungeon adventure!

(i.e. it's the kind of thing that I like to have up my sleeve for those times when the regular GM wants to take a break but the rest of the players still want to get together -OR- for a between campaign filler session -OR- just to have as an emergency back-up encounter for those times when the players go off-piste)

As I say, Thorfinn's Tomb is available for just $1 from DriveThruRPG, and if you do pick it up I'd love to hear what you think (as this would help me to decide whether or not I should attempt more of this kind of thing in the future).

Anyway, here's hoping you like it!

-note that a colorised (VTT) version of the map has also been supplied for online play-

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Print & Paste Pools & Wells

We're heading back into the dungeon in this next video - as I figured that it was time that I made a good old fashioned dungeon well :)

-some of the prototype work-

But in addition to the well, I've also included a small pool or bath (like you can see below), as well as trying out something new that works rather well as rope at this scale.


Anyway, you can pick up the (pay-what-you-want) pdf file from DriveThruRPG, and you can see how I put everything together in the following video:



So, here's hoping you like them!


Sunday, 22 September 2019

Latest VTT Map Tile

Just a quick post to show off the latest (VTT) map that I've recently finished...


...and the idea for this one came from one of my patrons (who requested a rickety rope bridge with missing slats).

Anyway, while drawing this one I figured that I could make the bridge crossing a little more 'interesting' if there was a higher ledge (i.e. the one over on the right hand side) where lookouts or guards could harass the PC's (with missile fire or similar) while they were making the treacherous crossing :)

So yeah, I'm quite pleased with how this one's turned out ...and just for a bit of fun, here's a quick cave map that I've put together from various other tiles that I've been working on this year...


...so that you can get a better idea of the kind of thing that you can make by piecing a few of these map tiles together :)

Anyway, that's it for this post, I hope to get the next Print & Paste video (and pdf) out next week if I can, so keep an eye out for that!


NOTE: did you know that you don't have to be a patron to get your hands on these tiles. Just head on over to my Patreon home page, and you'll find links to all the various album/folders there.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Print & Paste Stasis Chambers

This one's taken a while to get finished, as I've been pretty ill this month (and ended up having to stay in hospital for a while) - so I'm a bit behind with everything.

But enough of that nonsense - at the start of August I started making a few prototypes for some kind of stasis chamber or hypersleep/cryo pod (i.e. the kind of thing where astronauts are put into suspended animation for a long journey through space)...

-from prototype to final design-

...and I've recently released the finished pdf HERE, and uploaded the instructions video to YouTube (see below).


And, just like all of the other products in the Print & Paste range, it's a 'pay-what-you-want' download over on DriveThruRPG - so pick it up for free* or pay as much/little as you like!

Anyway, here's hoping you like them!

*though any donations, no matter how small, really do help :)

Friday, 2 August 2019

Making a Cursed Dagger Prop from a Cheap Toy

During Halloween, a lot of the cheap/bargain type shops stock things that can be of use in our games (giant spider models being a favorite of mine) - but last year I picked up this plastic dagger for 1 or 2 pounds (I can't remember exactly how much, or where I got it from - it might have been from Wilko's).


Anyway, straight off the shelf it doesn't look very good at all, but I thought I could probably use this as a prop for a cursed/evil magical item at some point - and so I recently had a go at making it look a little less crappy :)



So, in the above picture, all I've done is sprayed it black (after priming it grey), and then while the black paint was still wet, I also dusted it with some silver (all three spray cans were from poundland - and I've always got a bunch of them lying around :) ).


Next, I applied a home made wash (made with equal parts black & brown craft paint, a lot of water, and a squirt of dishwasher 'rinse aid'), and once that had dried, I gave it a heavy drybrush with some cheap metallic paint from poundland (and to be honest that's all it's good for). And, as you can see, I also wrapped some garden twine around the handle (smearing it with PVA glue to make sure it stays in place).


Then I applied some of the same wash to the twine (to darken it up a little), and added some rust by first dabbing on some brown paint with a bit of torn up sponge, and then doing the same thing with some orange paint.

And that's pretty much all there is to it!

It still doesn't look great ...but it's a lot better than what it was :)