Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Let's Go Against the Goblins!

Module D1: Against the Goblins is now for sale. Here's the elevator pitch (for a really, really slow elevator)....


It seems like an easy enough task: cleanse the mound of the goblins. Not so fast there, buster brown. These goblins are bat-poop crazy. Maybe from eating all the bat poop. It’s time to take arms against the goblins.

Against the Goblins is designed for a fellowship of four heroes of level 1. This is designed for use with the free Tales of the Splintered Realmrules, or you can easily adapt this to the OSR game of your choice. I’m not saying you should do that, only that you can.

About the Goblins

These goblins are… different. They had a decent thing going here with a fortified mound. But then they discovered the slime pools… and the enchanted mushrooms… and then they started consuming bat poop.

It’s a whole thing.

The result is that there is a mound full of crazy, magically jacked-up goblins that live a paranoid and chaotic existence. As with all Tales of the Splintered Realm releases, this is a pay-what-you-want offering.

Sunday, April 21, 2019


You might remember that I posted this map a few weeks ago. As I have been writing up the adventure, I felt like the map was a little... cramped. I also didn't like how pieces of it were fitting together with each other in terms of the 'flow' of the adventure... so I gave myself a do over.

May I present the goblin's burrow version 2.0:

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Playing With Isometrics

I was showing Grace some maps online (she thought the isometric designs were cool) and I showed her how they are made. Whipped up this little map, and I thought I'd share. I do tend to find the isometric designs a little more evocative; I can feel the cold of the walls and squint into the shadows more easily when looking at isometric designs.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Get Your Treasures Here

Splintered April rolls on. Tales of the Splintered Realm Module C1: Trove of Treasures is now available. It's pay-what-you-want, so I don't want ANY excuses for why you didn't get a copy.

Roll a percentile die. Get treasure. It's that easy.

Well, I mean, you probably have to kill some monsters first. But other than that, totally easy.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

I Have Stuff I Should Be Doing

So I was looking at the classic World of Greyhawk map, and I decided to try my hand at that style, considering all of the cool stuff my new Surface Pro can do.

This turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. It is for the upcoming sandboxy adventure set in the Desert of Despairing Souls (which is going to be my first 'super module', and I'll probably give it some moniker like "S:1-3" or something just to be cute). It's going to be my riff on the Desert of Desolation series... I mean, it has towers, tombs, an oasis, and a sea of glass for goodness' sake.

Get your sunscreen ready.

I TOLD You April Would Be Busy

The second issue of Doc Stalwart's adventures has been published, and it includes a bunch of creatures and rules for underwater adventure. I was planning this before I saw Aquaman, but seeing Aquaman sure helped me to get inspired to finish it... and may have had something to do with a certain heroic underwater hero who gets a write-up in the book.

I'm not saying, but I'm just saying.

Pick up your copy of The Stalwart Age #2 right now.

Friday, April 5, 2019

49 Dungeon Denizens Now Live

The good news: I posted a day early!

The bad news: I ended up cutting from 66 to 49 monsters.

My original idea was that the books would be a title page, 6 pages of content, and the OGL. I like that model. I thought I could squeeze 66 monsters into that, but I was wrong. I just barely got 49 in. I could have expanded out two more pages, but I actually like how this feels, and it's sustainable: I can make a few more of these with themes and create 49 monsters each time. I already have the outdoor one (wanderers of the wild or something) started, and I assume there will be an outer-planar one after that. I don't know if 'dwellers in the desert' gives me enough ideas for 49 monsters, although I am thinking of doing a riff on the Desert of Desolation series, and that would either be an appendix to that, or a special release with the monsters that will be used in that particular set of adventures.

I digress. Module B1: 49 Dungeon Denizens is now live. Go get yourself a free copy. If you feel like dropping a tip, that would be great.

Now, I'm off to work on the Stalwart Age #2... going to try and post that this weekend.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Stalwart Age 2 Almost Here

In addition to the four releases for Tales of the Splintered Realm, the Stalwart Age continues unabated... here is the cover for issue 2. The book itself should be up for sale by the end of the week.

I am REALLY digging this design for the covers, and look forward to seeing 5 or 10 of these side-by-side to see the whole tapestry of Doc's adventures as they come together...