Sunday, 25 January 2015

Dungeon Monthly (January 2015)

If you saw yesterday's post, then you'll already be aware of the fact that I'll be continuing the Dungeon Monthly project for at least another year (all being well).

But just in case you're new to the blog, here's a quick recap of how it all started...

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Back in 2011 I had the crazy idea of drawing a dungeon geomorph each and every week, and posting the resulting map here on the blog. As you'd expect, at the end of the year I amassed 52 different maps ...all of which can be found in THIS google+ album.

The following year, I did the same again, except this time I decided to draw cave maps (instead of dungeons) ...all of which can be found in THIS google+ album.

After that I was feeling a little constrained by the size of these geomorphs, and so from 2013 onwards I have been drawing larger maps (though at a slower rate of one per month) ...and thus the Dungeon Monthly project was born.

So, as you can see, although the Dungeon Monthly project is only just entering it's third year, there's actually four years worth of maps to delve into - all of which can be connected to one another to produce a wide variety of dungeon layouts.

 -five maps pieced together to create a large dungeon-

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Anyway, now that I've got all of that out of the way, here's the first map of 2015...

(note that unlabelled versions of all of the maps from 2013 onwards can be found in THIS google+ album).

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It would also be remiss of me if I didn't also mention that I've just launched a Patreon campaign for the Dungeon Monthly Project if you want to show your support (and perhaps spur me on to create even more of these (or similar) maps) then head on over to the Patreon page, or simply let me know what you think in the comments section below :)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

More building maps, more wilderness maps, and Patreon.

It's been over a month since I last posted anything on the blog, and so I thought I'd do a quick update to let you know what's coming up in the next couple of weeks...

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The Dungeon Monthly Project

After much deliberation I have decided to try and continue the Dungeon Monthly Project indefinitely.

If you're not familiar with the project - the aim is to draw a new dungeon geomorph each and every month (like the one pictured above - which I have done for the past two years), and then post it on the blog for people to use in their home games (be that printing them out for their notes, or using them in conjunction with their favourite VTT).

I'm also trying something new with these - and so I have set up a Patreon* page for folks who'd like to help support the project (though the maps themselves will remain as free downloads - so nothing will change in that respect).

However, if the Patreon campaign proves to be successful, I will be able to spend more time creating this kind of (free) content ...which, to begin with, will mean more free maps each month (the style of which will depend on the input of the patrons themselves - so it could be simply more of the same, or perhaps a separate range of colour geomorphs, or a set of geomorphs that only features 'mines', etc.).

 *note that if you're unfamiliar with Patreon, here's a short video that explains it pretty well:

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Hand Drawn Maps

If you've been following me for a while, you'll no doubt be aware of the fact that most of my 'artwork' (and I use that term loosely) is generated digitally. However, if you've been checking out my G+ or facebook pages recently, you'll have noticed that I've begun experimenting with more of a hand-drawn style of map (though I'm still doing the colouring in photoshop).

So, sometime during the next couple of weeks, I'm hoping to launch a new product range (tentatively called 'Half-a-Dozen Hand Drawn Maps'), which will feature 6 of these maps (not surprisingly :) ) in a low-cost booklet.

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Into the Village

Towards the end of last year I began drawing a number of (vaguely dark-age) building maps.

I had originally intended to include them in an Age of Shadow 'village' supplement (mapping out an entire human settlement, with an accompanying Age of Shadow write-up - complete with statblocks and descriptions for several important NPCs) - but I've instead opted to release them as a sister-range to the Into the City map-packs, so that folks can use them with any game/setting they require.

Like the 'hand drawn maps', the first of these 'Into the Village' map-packs should begin surfacing in the next week or so (starting with a free example).

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So, over the next month or so, you should start seeing a lot more activity :)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

More free/low-cost products released this week...

As the title of this posts indicates, CSP has another two products available for download this week...

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The first of these is a new map-pack that depicts the interior of an Elven Temple:

This one is done in the same style as the Fortress map-packs (not the new 'into-the-city' range), and contains a pdf file featuring both a labelled and unlabelled version of the map, as well as separate image files (scaled at 50 pixels per square) that can be used with VTTs.

The Elven Temple map is available from RPGNow & DriveThruRPG for just $1.

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The second product is a new character sheet for the Age of Shadow...

...which, as you can see, offers an alternative to the one featured in the back of the AoS core rule book.

The Age of Shadow character sheet is available for FREE from RPGNow & DriveThruRPG.

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And finally, I'd also like to say a big thank you to everyone who purchased the Dungeon Monthly compilations earlier in the week. At the time of writing, they are sitting at number 3 & 4 in the DriveThuRPG charts (and got up to number 2 & 3 at one point) - which has been a pleasant surprise to say the least!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Dungeon Monthly Compilations

If you've been following my 'dungeon monthly' posts over the past couple of years, you'll probably be aware that, as well as being generic geomorphs, each year's worth of maps can also be pieced together in a specific way to create a huge level of an ever-expanding mega-dungeon (i.e. all 12 of 2013's maps form level 1, and all 12 of 2014's map form level 2).

So, with that in mind, I'm pleased to announce that each of these dungeon levels are now available as bonus map-packs over on RPGNow & DriveThruRPG.

However, unlike the original 'dungeon monthly' versions, these maps are supplied as: 
  • A pdf version of the entire level (supplied as parchment style handout).
  • A large (50 pixel per grid square) jpeg image of the whole map - with a dark background.
  • A large (50 pixel per grid square) jpeg image of the whole map - with a white background.

So if you're planning on running a mega-dungeon in the near future (or would simply like to show your support for the 'dungeon monthly' project), then you can pick up both of these products for just $1 each.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Furniture for the 2.5d dungeon...

I think it's been well over a month since I've made anything new for the 2.5d dungeon ...and so this weekend I thought I would remedy that (and take a bit of a break from all the writing I've been doing lately).

As you can see from the picture above, it's time to add a bit of furniture to the dungeon ...and if you want to have a go at making something similar yourself, HERE's a link to the pdf file that contains the two 'wood textures' that you'll need to print out before you get started.


STEP 1. The first thing you'll need to do, is cut out the tabletop from thin (single corrugated) cardboard, and the legs from thick (double corrugated) cardboard.

Obviously the sizes involved will depend upon the size of table you want to make, but in this example the tabletop is 1 & 1/8 inches wide by 1 & 7/8 inches long. For the legs I've cut a strip that's 2/8 of an inch wide (i.e. roughly the same width as the cardboard is thick), that I've then cut into half inch long pieces.

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STEP 2. Next, you will need to cut out a piece of the 'wooden planks' texture (from the pdf file provided) that is big enough to cover (and wrap around) the table top.

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STEP 3. Then glue the cardboard to the underside of the paper, and cut out the 'tabs' that will fold around the sides...

...and glue the tabs in place.

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STEP 4. For each of the table legs, you'll need to cut out a piece of the 'plain wood' texture (from the pdf provided) that is big enough to wrap around the circumference of the entire piece...

...and glue the texture in place (note that all I've used up to this point is a cheap glue-stick).

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STEP 5. Once you made the tabletop and all four legs, all that's left to do is glue the legs in place with a hot-glue-gun.


STEP 1. To make the benches you'll first need to cut out a piece of thin (single corrugated) cardboard for the seat, and two thick (double corrugated) pieces of cardboard for the legs.

In this example I've used a piece 3/8 of an inch wide by 1 & 6/8 inchs long for the seat, and for the legs I've used the same (2/8 of an inch wide) strip I used for the table legs - but this time I've trimmed them down so that they are slightly shorter than the width of the seat.

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STEP 2. Just like when making the table, we'll need to cut out a piece of the 'wooden planks' texture to cover (and wrap around) the seat, and also a strip of the 'plain wood' texture to go around the legs...

...but note that this time, we're using the legs in a different orientation - so the paper needs to be wrapped around in the opposite direction (i.e. around the longest sides of the cardboard, as shown below).

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STEP 3. At this point you should have all the pieces to make one bench...

...which just need to be glued together with a hot-glue-gun.

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And that's all there is to it!

However, you'll notice that the very first picture also shows a little shelf in the background ...and this was made in much the same fashion as the seat of the bench - except that it uses the plain wood texture for both sides and all 3 shelves, and that you have to make sure that you use enough of the textured paper to wrap around the entirety of each piece (so as to not leave any cardboard showing).

(note that I hope to have another tutorial for the little bits & pieces on the shelf at a later date)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Dungeon Monthly (December 2014)

Here is it ...the last geomorph of the year...

Hopefully you've enjoyed all of these 'dungeon monthly' maps ...or better yet, managed to put some of them to use in a few of your games!

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And if you're looking to use any of these maps with a VTT (or similar), then don't forget that unlabelled versions for all of these maps can be found in the following G+ albums:

Friday, 28 November 2014

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deal

It appears to have rolled around to that time of year again, when everyone is looking for a great deal on their favourite products. And seeing as how I usually run a sale of some description myself, I though that I would offer something a little different this year...

So, if you're looking for a bunch of maps to help get a new campaign started, then I've bundled a whole host of different map-packs together for this black-friday/cyber-monday special...

In this bundle you'll get a large campaign map, two fortress maps, a huge dungeon level, five city houses, and seven wilderness maps ...and all for just $9.99 - which is just one third of the normal price!