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!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Make your own miniature beds

Hot on the heels of the Chests & Crates release, I'm pleased to say that I've also put a new pdf file together that will allow you to make a bunch of beds...

And, as always, you can pick up the new pdf file over on DriveThruRPG (note that it's a pay-what-you-want download - so pay as much or as little as you like), and the assembly instructions can be found in the following video:

So, if you're looking to add some interest to your inns, barracks, bandit lairs, etc., hopefully these will help you out!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Make your own chests & crates

You might be pleased to hear that I've just released another set of 'Print & Paste' textures ...and this time the subject matter is chests and crates.

(note that this pic also includes a few barrels & sacks for a bit of added variety)

So if you're looking to run a few encounters in the warehouse district, down by the docks, or in the cargo hold of a huge ship (or if you just want to add some more clutter to an old dungeon) ...then these new pieces should come in handy.

And, as always, I've put together a 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'll be able to put them to good use!

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Printing exactly what you need!

Around a month ago I posted a quick tutorial that showed how you could alter the colour of some of my (print & paste) textures to make a few alternative bits and pieces for your dungeons (you can read the article HERE).

Well, I thought I'd take it a step further this month and show how you can use a similar technique to print out custom sheets that only contain the bits you want (a whole page full of 'book textures' for example) - so here goes...

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OK, we'll first need to open GIMP (a free image editing program), and import the relevant page from the pdf file in question - just like we did in the previous tutorial (i.e. Choose FILE > OPEN and locate the pdf, and then open the page you're interested in - making sure to input a value of 300 pixels per inch, and turning off anti-aliasing I say, it's all explained in the previous tutorial HERE).

Then, we're going to make a new image as well - and we can do this by selecting FILE > NEW from the menu,  and selecting either the 'A4 (300ppi)' or the 'US LETTER (300ppi)' template (depending upon which page size you're using), and press OK.

And as you can see (if you look at the highlighted area near the top left corner), you'll now have two documents open (the page of the pdf we loaded previously, and a new blank page) ...and we can flip back and forth between the two by simply clicking on these thumbnails.

OK, next we'll need to make the 'textures' page visible (by clicking on the thumbnail in the top left corner that I just mentioned), and then select the 'Rectangle Select Tool' (highlighted in the top left of the following picture), and draw a box around the pieces we are interested in (in this example, all the 'bone pile' textures).

Then press CTRL & C together (to copy the selected part of the image), go back to the blank page (by clicking on its thumbnail), and press CTRL & V to paste the previously selected part of the image into this new document.

However, if you don't want it located in the middle of the page, you can simply drag it nearer the top - like so...

...and if you want to print a whole page of the same texture, just press CTRL & V again (to paste more of that texture into this document), and drag the resulting copies into position (or you could also copy and paste textures from several different pdf's to suit whatever you're building at the time).

And there you have it!

It's a pretty simple procedure (and I often do something similar myself) - which will save you wasting paper and ink by allowing you to only print the textures you want/need.

Anyway, I hope this has been of help - but if you have any issues, please feel free to get in touch.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Please feel free to alter the textures as much as you like for your own personal use ...however please do not share any variations of these files publicly. Thank you.