Friday, 12 October 2018

Print & Paste Scatter Terrain

My latest video shows how to make a few bits of scatter terrain to go along with the trees I made in the last one.

And I have to admit, I'm really pleased with how these have turned out (they were also a lot of fun to make).

And if you're wondering what might be coming next's a sneak peek at something else I've been tinkering with :)

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Print & Paste Wilderness Terrain : Trees

I'm taking a break from the dungeon again with this latest set of textures, and (as you can see) I've started to work on some 'print & paste' wilderness terrain.

So, if you've been thinking of running some encounters where trees feature heavily (perhaps you plan on having a bunch of bandits lurking in the trees - or maybe the PC's need to clamber up them to avoid a pack of ground-based predators), then hopefully these will be of interest :)

As usual, the pdf file is available from RPGNow and DriveThruRPG as a pay-what-you-want product, and the instructions for putting them together can be found in the video below... feel free to pick them up for free or pay as much (or as little) as you like!

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And before I sign off, here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

Saturday, 22 September 2018

More 'print & paste' dungeon tiles (PWYW)

It's been a few months since we last visited the dungeon, so I figured it was time to return :)

So, if you've been following along and making your own 'print & paste' dungeons, you'll (hopefully) be pleased to learn that THESE NEW TILES will allow you to add a bit of extra variety/detail here and there.

And (just like the rest of the print & paste range), this product is available as a pay-what-you-want download pick it up for free, or pay as much* (or as little) as you like!

*note that I have only been able to upgrade my equipment (to a cheap camcorder that can now film in 1080p :) ) as a result of all the kind donations that I have received a huge thank you goes out to everyone that has thrown a dollar or two into the hat! Cheers!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

2.5D Dungeons - Now In Print!

I'm rather excited to announce that I've teamed up with SquareHex to bring you pre-printed versions of some of my dungeon textures!

This first set is a bit of an experiment (to gauge interest in this kind of thing) - but if you'd like to have a go at making some of my dungeon terrain without the hassle of printing it out yourself, then you can get 24 sheets (12 of each kind featured in the video above) for just £3 (+P&P) over on the SquareHex store.

So, here's hoping that they prove to be popular both myself and SquareHex are eager to produce more!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

New bonus (cave) video

If you've been following my recent cave-building videos over on youtube, you might find a few of the tips in this (bonus) video useful:

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Patreon Roundup

As some of you will know, for the past few years I've been running a Patreon campaign that features lots and lots of my small map tiles (i.e. the kind that are suited to VTT use).

Well, I figured it was time for a bit of a roundup here's a quick look at what I've drawn so far in 2018:

As you can see (now that all of the basic/empty rooms & passages are done), this year I've been concentrating my efforts on 'feature rooms' ...and many of these particular tiles contain ideas and/or suggestions from some of my kind patrons.

So, if you'd like to support this ongoing project (because the more support I get, the more maps I'll be able to draw), just head on over to the Patreon page :)

However, please note that none of these maps are hidden behind a paywall or anything like that (as that has never been my intention) ...the Patreon campaign is just there as a kind of 'tips jar' for those that might be interested (though, there are additional rewards that allow you to make suggestions, or licence a bunch of these maps for a commercial product, and so on). As such, you can find all of the maps that I've drawn to date in THIS ALBUM ...and you are FREE to download and use them in your personal games.

- an example map I've put together using some of these map tiles -

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Cavern Features (print & paste terrain) - PWYW

To accompany my recent 'Print & Paste Cave Tiles' (see the previous post) - I've just released the next video and pdf...

...and in this one, I'll be showing you how I make giant mushrooms, crystal clusters, and stalagmites (using the textures provided, along with bits of cardboard and a few drinking straws).

And, while these pieces might not look as nice (or be as durable) as 'proper' terrain ...when they're all laid out on the tabletop, they don't look too bad (plus they're super quick, cheap, and easy to make ...making them ideal for the busy GM).

So, if you want to have a go at making a few yourself, you can pick up the pdf file over on RPGNow or DriveThruRPG (note that all of these Print & Paste pdfs are pay-what-you-want products - so pick them up for free, or pay as much/little as you like!).

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Print & Paste Cave Tiles

If you've been following my recent 'print & paste' video tutorials (and picking up the pdf files that go along with them), you might be pleased to hear that I'm now expanding the range to include cave tiles!

This first set/video concentrates on the basics (so, mainly just the cave tiles to begin with), though future products will expand upon the range in much the same fashion as the dungeon tiles (though many of the existing pieces, like the barrels for example, work great with each).

Cave Tiles is available as a pay-what-you-want product - so pick it up for free (from RPGNow or DriveThruRG) or pay as much/little as you like!

(a sneak peek of what I've got planned for future videos)

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Dungeon Deck (playing cards)

I've been working on this for a while now, but I can finally announce the release of...

As you would expect, the deck can be used as a set of regular playing cards -OR- you can piece them together to generate a sprawling dungeon map...

Dungeon Deck is available from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow for $8.99 (or $9.99 with a plastic deckbox - as seen in the first picture and in the video below).

- Note that these are not miniatures-scaled tiles, just a fun little (poker-sized) card deck -

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Getting ready to run AiME

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the acronym, AiME stands for Adventures in Middle Earth - which is the latest RPG set in Tolkien's world, by Cubicle 7 (it also uses the D&D 5E mechanics - so the system will already be familiar to a lot of people ...including the folks I play with).

So, as the title suggests, I thought I would post a quick article to show some of the stuff I've been getting ready for my first real foray into Middle Earth as a GM (not counting the few horrible MERP sessions I ran as a young lad).

First up are some orc/goblin miniatures...

...and these are from a variety of manufacturers, and feature a few kit-bashes/conversions. For example the guy in the middle of the top row is an old Games Workshop orc with a newer goblin head, and the one directly below him is a Mantic orc with GW 'ungor' arms. The third row are 'Goblin Town' goblins from GW, and the bottom row are the new Oathmark Goblins from Northstar Miniatures.

Anyway, as well as painting a bunch of miniatures (including a few 'specials' that I've not posted here), I've also made a few pieces of (easily transportable) scatter terrain...

...and I've got a bunch of other pieces (e.g. small bushes, rocks, etc.) that I can drop in the magnetic holes (to replace the trees) to make them a little more versatile.

OK, next up is something a little special ...a magical weapon no less:

And finally, I have to admit that I'm a tiny bit disappointed with the lack of encounter maps in some of the AiME books. I mean, I know that The One Ring (i.e. the original system that the 5E material is converted from) is a bit more abstract than D&D (and probably doesn't need them as much) - but I am a bit of a map-freak (to say the least) ...and so I've gone ahead and drawn one of my own:

 (Note that can find an unlabelled version HERE)

And if you'd like to see my preliminary notes for the place ...then here you go (note, it's just the regular D&D basics for now ...with DC numbers pulled out of thin air ;) ):

1. Cave Entrance. Although the entrance to the troll hole is hidden behind a few bushes, it is easy enough to find (DC8 Survival or Perception or Investigation test - depending on the situation).

1a. The large stone door is extremely heavy (requiring a DC18 Athletics test to move) - though it is currently in the open position.

2. Entrance Chamber. A few large (empty) jars and broken pots can be found here - along with a multitude of old bones (more than a few of which seem to be humanoid in appearance). Furthermore, the whole place is filled with a horrid smell.

3. Main Cavern. Old crates, shelves, barrels, and other oddments adorn this chamber - along with a few silver pennies scattered here and there (amongst the filth). However, due to the foul stench, if anyone spends more than a minute in this area (or further areas), they will need to make a DC10 Constitution save to avoid feeling nauseous (treat as +1 level of exhaustion). In addition, anyone who is not too proud to turn their nose up at 'troll plunder' can also gather several days worth of edible rations here.

3a. The boulder (which acts as a makeshift door to the 'larder') is very difficult to move (requiring a DC22 Athletics test). The pool to the NE is shallow and stagnant ...and is definitely not safe to drink.

4. The Larder. Any fresh meat (i.e. a live captive) is usually stored here (possibly in the process of being 'fattened-up' by the troll).

5. Bedchamber. Behind a crude pallet (which is barely large enough for a troll to curl up on), is a large (locked) strongbox containing a few baubles that the troll treasures. The key to this strongbox is usually found inside one of the sacks that the troll is using as a pillow - otherwise the lock requires a DC20 test to pick.

5a. This crawlspace (which is too small for a full grown troll to use) can be reached by a natural stairway in area 5 -or- by clambering up the ledge in area 3 (which requires a DC14 Athletics test).

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

More floor textures for the 2.5D dungeon

If you've been following my fledgling channel over on YouTube, you'll know that I've started to produce instruction videos for my 2.5D dungeon textures...

...well, I've recently finished the next one, and here it is (though this one doesn't really feature any new techniques to be honest - but rather showcases some new textures you can use when building your own dungeons and/or buildings):

So, if you'd like to have a go at making some of your own, you can find these new textures (as a pay-what-you-want pdf file) over on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG - so feel free to pick 'em up for free, or toss a couple of coins in the hat if you feel so inclined :)

Thursday, 26 April 2018

'Neath the Shadow #3 in print!

Just a quick message to say that the latest 'zine (for the Age of Shadow RPG) is now available in print via lulu.

Note that the booklet is also available in digital form via RPGNow and DriveThruRPG.

Plus, if you want to be in with a chance of winning a print copy of the Core Rules and Campaign Guide - check out my latest video:

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Shelves & cupboards for the 2.5D dungeon.

This one's took longer than I expected, but I've finally managed to get the next video finished.

So, if you're looking to spice up your dungeon tiles (or battlemat) with various drawers, shelves, bookcases, cupboards, and so on, then all you need to do is download these textures (via RPGNow or DriveThruRPG*), follow the instructions, and you should be able to make anything from small cabinets, to huge (library-style) bookcases!

*Note that these files are 'pay-what-you-want' - so pick them up for free, or (if you'd like to help support my fledgling channel) pay as much (or as little) as you like :)

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Making a map from my Patreon tiles (tutorial)

In response to a couple of questions I've received recently, I thought I would post a quick tutorial to show how easy it is to assemble an adventure map from my Patreon dungeon tiles.

Obviously, if you're already familiar with any of the major image editing programs, then this article will be of little use - but if you've never done anything like this before, then keep on reading...

OK, still here?

Right then - the first thing you'll need to do is download GIMP (it's a free image editing program), as that is what I'll be using throughout this tutorial. I'll also be assuming that you've downloaded all of the tiles you plan on using (though feel free to download the entire set ;) ) onto your hard drive.

So, assuming you've done all that, we're ready to go lets begin.

Open up GIMP

Select FILE > NEW

In the dialogue box that appears enter values that are multiples of 600 (as each of my 12x12 tiles are 600 x 600 pixels in size) in this example I'll go with 2400 x 2400 (which is enough space for 4 tiles high and 4 tiles wide).

Then select VIEW > SHOW GRID (also make sure the 'snap to grid' option is checked).


In the dialogue box that appears select DEFAULT GRID and then enter values of '50' pixels in the WIDTH and HEIGHT boxes (this is because each grid square of my maps measures 50x50 pixels).

Your image should now look like this (note that these grid lines are invisible, and they'll not appear in your saved or printed image):

Then choose FILE > OPEN AS LAYERS and locate the tile that you want to use (i.e. one that you've already saved to your hard drive) .

This will import the tile as it's own layer (think of this layer as a post-it note on top of your blank canvas) ...and you can move it into the position you like with the move tool (i.e. the highlighted icon in the toolbar).

Then do the same FILE > OPEN AS LAYERS for any additional tiles, and position them accordingly (and if you have the 'snap to grid' option enabled that I mentioned previously, the tiles should snap to the nearest square - which makes lining them up super easy).

You should also note that every time you insert a new tile, it also gets added to the layers window on the right if you want to move a specific tile around you'll first need to select it here (which makes it the active layer) - and you can then drag it around in the usual fashion (i.e. with the move tool)

Then, if you want to save the file for further manipulation later, save it in the normal fashion (i.e. GIMP's own .xcf format), and that will keep all the layers (i.e. the map tiles) separate for further tinkering at a later date.

However, if you want to use the whole map in a VTT of some description (or just save it as an image file) then select EXPORT AS.

By default it might be set to export as a .png file, but you can change that to any other file format via the options in the bottom right corner of the dialogue box (I personally suggest saving it as a JPEG the image will still look fine - but the file size will be much smaller).

And that should result in an image like this...

...which you can then load into your VTT of choice!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

'Neath the Shadow #3

It's been a long time coming, but I'm pleased to finally announce the release of issue 3 of my little Age of Shadow 'zine...

The 'zine is mainly for use with the Age of Shadow RPG (which you can get HERE for free) - though it should be compatible with other percentile based games with little or no modification.

Included in this issue:  
Elvish Ancestry: Random tables for generating an elven PC's forebears.
Welcome Guests: A 28 page (A5) adventure scenario.
Weather in the Northern Kingdom: Calendar and weather details for Fornan Tarnath.
Beastling Descriptions: Random tables to help describe the soldiers of the enemy.
Runes of Power: More magical enchantments for your game.

'Neath the Shadow #3 is available for just $2.99 from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Crypts & Tombs (for the 2.5D dungeon)

It's time for another little dungeon building video ...and in this one we'll be delving into a few crypts and tombs...

So, if you'd like to have a go at making a few of these pieces yourself, you can find the pdf file over on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (where it, and all of the other textures, are available as pay-what-you-want products*) ..or you can just head on over to the direct download HERE.

*so pick it up for free, or if you'd like to support the channel, pay as much (or as little) as you like!

Friday, 9 March 2018

Door Variants (for the 2.5D dungeon)

It's been a bit of a struggle to get this one done (for one reason or another) ...but here's the latest video:

So, if you'd like to have a go at making a few of these doors yourself, you can find a direct link to the (free) PDF file HERE ...or if you would like to support the channel with a small donation, the file is also available as a pay-what-you-want product over on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (so you can either grab it for free or choose to pay as much, or as little, as you like).

And, while I've still got lots of stuff to get through (and even more ideas floating around in my head), if there's anything in particular you'd like to see added to the 2.5D dungeon, feel free to let me know in the comments.

NOTE: If you do pick any of these files up from RPGNow or DriveThruRPG (which you can do for free BTW - just put a zero in the pay-what-you-want box), if you'd consider giving them a review - that would be greatly appreciated (and it may even help to get them noticed by a wider audience).

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Competition Winner

...and also a little update (at the end of the video) ;)

Friday, 9 February 2018

Competition Time

Just to clarify (and to make things easy on myself ;) ), you'll need to comment on the YouTube page for this specific video to enter.

Good luck!

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Barrels & Sacks (for the 2.5D dungeon)

With my subscriber count slowly growing over on YouTube, I thought it was time to post another video :)

So, if you've been itching to make a few barrels and sacks for your dungeon layouts - then look no further...

And, as always, you can find a direct link to the (free) PDF file HERE ...or if you would like to support the channel with a small donation, the file is also available as a pay-what-you-want product over on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (so you can either grab it for free or choose to pay as much, or as little, as you like).

So, let's see if this one will push the subscriber count over 100 - and if it does, I'll be doing a little giveaway!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Dungeon Pillars (for the 2.5D dungeon)

As I mentioned at the end of my first video, episode 2 features a few pillars for the dungeon:

And if you would like to have a go at making a few yourself, you can find a direct link to the PDF file HERE.

Alternatively, if you would like to support the channel with a small donation, the file is also available as a pay-what-you-want product over on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (so you can either grab it for free or choose to pay as much, or as little, as you like).

Plus, I'll also be posting little bonus videos over on the YouTube channel every now and again - so remember to subscribe if you don't want to miss anything :)

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Basic (2.5D) Dungeon Video

Here's the first video of the new series:

Being my first video, my presentation skills aren't that great (plus, having a bit of a cold didn't help) ...but I should get a little better as time goes by (or at least I hope I will :S).

Anyway, if you would like to have a go at making a few yourself, you can find a direct link to the PDF file HERE.

Alternatively, if you would like to support the channel with a small donation, the file is also available as a pay-what-you-want product over on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (so you can either grab it for free or choose to pay as much, or as little, as you like).

Furthermore, feel free to post any suggestions or comments that you might have either here, or over on youtube ...and if you do have a go at making any yourself - I'd love to see the results!

The 2.5D Dungeon (revisited)

A couple of years back I posted a few pictures of some of the 2.5D dungeon pieces I made (based on DM Scotty's 2.5D system, but with a slight twist), both here and on various forums etc.

In response to those pics (and the brief instructions that accompanied them), several people got in touch to ask if I had any plans to create a few videos to accompany them.

Well, at the time I had no means of doing so (plus the whole idea of appearing in videos was/is a little daunting to be honest) ...but I've since inherited a 'hand me down' digital camera* that can just about manage 720p videos - plus I've also managed to cobble together a working microphone* from some of my old band equipment ...and so I thought I would give it a try :)

Anyway, to begin with, I'll be going over the basics again - before eventually moving on to some newer stuff ...including a few sci-fi pieces!

So, feel free to check out the channel (and follow along if that kind of thing is of interest) ...and lets see where this new adventure goes (and yeah ...I'm already working on growing a thicker skin in anticipation of the YouTube comments section :) ).

*note that if the videos attract a reasonable following I'll be investing in some slightly better equipment ...but for now, I'm going to struggle on with what I've got.