Thursday, 13 August 2015

A free cave map for the 'Into the Dungeon' range...

I'm very pleased to announce the release of a free/sample map for the Into the Darkness range...

Into the Darkness: Map 0 features a small cave map which should be suitable for inclusion in most fantasy settings (note that there is an image on the Facebook page that shows the map in its entirety).

This product contains

  • A pdf booklet featuring a labelled version of the cave.
  • A miniatures scaled battlemap of the cave (split over 2 pages).
  • An unlabelled jpg image (scaled at 100 pixels per grid square) - suitable for use with VTTs.

It's also worth nothing that, as well as being a stand alone product, this FREE map-pack also serves as a great way to sample the style & quality of the other maps in the Into the Darkness range.

Into the Darkness: Map 0 is available from RPGNow & DriveThruRPG.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Hexes and Hex Maps

This week sees a couple of new additions to the CSP storefront over on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

The first of these is a new map for the Age of Shadow campaign setting...

This particular map takes a closer look at a small area within the Northern Kingdom (which just so happens to be where my current campaign is starting out), and depicts it in far greater detail.

That being said, both a labelled an unlabelled version of the map have been included in this product, so you can use it as it stands, or adapt it you your own games and settings if you prefer (inserting place names of your own devising).

Age of Shadow : Hex Map 1 is s available for just $1.99 from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

However, if drawing your own maps from scratch is your kind of thing, then the new HEX GRIDS booklet may be of interest to you...

This product features the same style of (blank) hex grid featured in the above AoS map, however it has been provided in several different scales, sizes, and formats - so that you can use a similar hex system for your own creations.

-an example page-

Hex Grids is a FREE/PWYW product, so pick it up for free, or pay as little (or as much) as you like!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Dungeon Monthly #32 (August 2015)

It's that time again...

...and with it comes my monthly 'if you want to show your support for the dungeon monthly project, please check out my Patreon page' message :)

Anyway, now that's out of the way, you can also find unlabelled versions of all these maps in the following G+ albums:

In addition, here's a quick look at how this year's dungeon level is shaping up (i.e. when all eight of this year's maps are pieced together):

Monday, 6 July 2015

Dungeon Monthly #31 (July 2015)

I'm a little late posting this month's dungeon map (due to a combination of illness, and the lack of a stable internet connection) ...but here it finally is:

And, as usual, unlabelled versions for all of these 'dungeon-monthly' maps can be found in the following G+ albums:

I'd also like to say a big thank you to the folks who are supporting the dungeon monthly project over on Patreon ...and if you'd like to support the project yourself (and ensure that I keep on drawing these little modular maps), then feel free to head on over to my Patreon page.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

More books available in print (part 2)

As well as the two new booklets that have just launched on lulu, you can now get a printed version of the Age of Shadow Campaign Guide through DriveThruRPG & RPGNow.

The core rules & campaign guide have already been available on lulu for quite a while, but this is the first time that you can get both books from DriveThruRPG & RPGNow...

...and as you can see, the Campaign Guide comes as a full colour 7"x10" booklet*, and is available for just $7.99 (roughly £5).

*note that this booklet is smaller and cheaper than the lulu version.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Cheap (and easy to make) Stone Walls

Sometime last year I posted a method of creating cheap hedges (for 28mm miniatures) from green dish scourers. Well, I've recently been seeing a lot of folks making stone walls from aquarium gravel (or similar) ...and so I thought I would have a go at making a few of my own - and while I was at it, share my experience here on the blog.


Aside from whatever paint & flock you'll be using, you'll also need:

  • A bunch of tongue depressors (these ones are roughly 6" x ¾" in size).
  • PVA glue (this bottle cost a £1 from the local Poundland store)
  • Cheap fish tank gravel (this 1.75kg bag cost £2 from a local pet store)
  • Cheap wall filler (this tub comes ready-mixed, and costs a mere £1 at Poundland).


Trim the rounded edges off one tongue depressor, and glue it to the centre of another (I used superglue for this, but hot-glue or similar will also do the job).


After washing a cup full of gravel (and leaving it out in the sun to dry), start gluing some of the bits of gravel to the tongue depressor with the PVA glue.

EDIT: see the comments for warping issues.


Once you're finished gluing all the gravel in place (in a kind of jigsaw fashion - so that it all fits together reasonably well), leave it to dry overnight.


Fill in the cracks with some of the wall filler (in a similar way that you would grout bathroom/kitchen tiles),

STEP FIVE (optional)

Simply paint the wall (though you can just leave it as it is if you prefer), and apply some flock to the base.

And that's all there is to it :)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

More books available in print (part 1)

As some of you may now, a little while back I posted a picture of a zine-like booklet that I made, which featured a few of the Age of Shadow related articles found here on the blog, along with a number of charts and notes I'd put together for my own games.

- the original 'home-made' booklet -

At the time it was just something I put together for a bit of fun (for my own use), but after seeing the photograph, several people expressed an interest in getting hold of a copy themselves, and so (after a bit of a rewrite and reformat) I'm pleased to announce that Issue One of 'Neath the Shadow is now available...

Included in this little booklet is a mini-adventure (that should tie in with my upcoming 'Dungeon Encounters' booklet), along with random name tables, a new magic item, several random 'guardsmen' conversations, and a few related blog articles (that have been tidied up a little since their original appearance).

So, if you're interested in picking up a copy of this new (and probably infrequent) 'zine, then you can get if from lulu for £2.99 ($4.85).

Also feel free to let me know if you'd like to see more of these little Age of Shadow 'zines in the future, and whether or not you like to see me open it up to submissions - so that it's not just my own work on show*

(*though I have to admit that I do have a very specific/narrow vision for the AoS setting - so this might not be the best of ideas for generating 'canon' material)

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Along with the new 'zine, I've also released a compilation booklet that features all of the maps from the first three volumes of the 'Little Book of Dungeons.'

So, while there is no new content here, if you've not picked up any of the 'Little Book of Dungeons' pdf's yet, then this booklet has all 27 maps printed out and ready to go (with space on the adjacent page for you to add your own notes).

The Little Book of Dungeons (print edition) is available from lulu for £4.99 ($8.53).

- a quick snapshot of the actual books -