Author: Simon Forster

I am a cartography who draws maps largely for fantasy tabletop role-playing games, a role-player who dabbles in writing, and a father of an adorable boy who is growing up fast.

Mischievous Monsters: The Standing Stones

Our fourth session concluded the first adventure, my old Mischievous Monsters adventure (lasted four sessions, that’s about 6-8 hours, not bad for a small adventure), and the PCs are on their way home to their village, escorting Barton the trader and the two caravan guards, Horace and Jacob (who may well become allies if the PCs ask them nicely). Hunting Rats After resting another day and night, in order for everyone to be fully rested and healed, the three friends

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Mischievous Monsters: Siege of the Dancing Donkey

The third session of our new Beyond the Wall campaign, Children of the Raven, was last week and the whole session was pretty much the PCs and their allies defending the inn of the Dancing Donkey. The Fir Darrig and the ogreish allies surrounded the inn, and the ratty creature with the top hat, who was obviously their leader, called out for them to surrender; Young Alf told him where to stick it, and when the red-coated goblin made some

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Mischievous Monsters: The Eastern Cave

We played our second session last week, wherein the three PCs went off following the tracks of the rat-goblins. The tracks led the party of five (Callum, Young Alf, and Magnus, together with Horace and Jacob the mercenaries) across the fields and over some rolling hills, until the tracks split off in three different directions: one set, the lightest went North towards a forest in the distance. Another set lead to the curved arm of the same forest, to the

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Children of the Raven

Last week we started a new campaign, the Children of the Raven (a name that may possibly change, but which will do for now). Played the first session (did characters the previous week), and have the second one planned for tomorrow. We’re using the Beyond the Wall & Other Adventures rules, and the players created their characters using the playbooks. Haven’t fleshed them out too much at the moment, but we have the following characters: Callum, a Young Woodsman Young

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Spire: Appendices

Appendix 3: Monsters The Spire has its fair share of monsters, from the walking dead, to giant goats, spiders and ant-like creatures carved from obsidian. These are listed below with statistics for HD (that generally governs many other stats, from attack to damage), AC (based on a type of armour), and any special abilities worth noting (other than the obvious, such as an Undead’s immunities). Some monsters are just re-skinned monsters common to most fantasy games. These are noted after

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Ruined City of Cyfandir

An adventure I wrote (after being given the premise, toys to play with, and a bunch of suggestions by Alex) for the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) game has been released into the wild. Comes in two flavours, ACKS and 5E compatible: Ruins of Cyfandir (ACKS) Ruins of Cyfandir (5E) From the blurb: Two hundred years ago, the elven capital of Cyfandir fell to the savage assault of the Great  Dragon Aisoth, self-proclaimed goddess and sovereign of the lizardmen who followed in her wake. The elves, occupied with the Argollëan War,

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Spire: Appendices

Appendix 2: Shadow-Under-Spire The settlement that has grown around the towering Spire is known as Shadow-Under-Spire, and is home to a variety of souls. The shadow of the mighty spike looms over all. It has farms, places to eat and drink, and a market that swells once a week as merchants come to trade. In game terms, if this used the ACKS rules, it would normally be a Class VI settlement, with a boost on market day bringing it to

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Sanctum of the First Blade

A Free Adventure by Simon Forster Another freebie, this is one that I ran a few years back during our long Against the Giants campaign (lasted 214 sessions!). An abandoned monastery lies forgotten in the depths of the mountains. Within lies a sanctum that holds the very first forged blade used to take a life. The monks that dwelt here worshipped it as a deity in its own right, protecting it from would-be thieves and scholars. They have long since passed away,

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cover for the spire RPG book

Spire: Appendices

When I published my system-agnostic setting, the Spire in 2018, I planned on adding supplementary information to this site. It’s taken a while to get around to that, but I needed some distance between it before I made a start; and since the book has now been downloaded by lots more people than previously, it seems a good time to start. For the most part, standard classes and monsters, spells and magic items work perfectly well with the setting. It

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The Prison of St Lucy

A Free Adventure by Simon Forster Once upon a time there was a demon who ravaged the land. It was eventually stopped by the combined forces of the Holy Order of the First Blade, but proved unkillable. Instead, one of the Order, a priestess by name of Lucy, crafted a cage for the demon and trapped it. The demon-cage was then placed inside a purpose-built prison, and Lucy was made a Saint for her triumph. That was centuries ago. The prison, for

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Book of Lairs: People and Places

Book of Lairs: People & Places

My latest Book of Lairs: People & Places was published recently and is available here. This is my fifth Book of Lairs: People & Places, written with the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System in mind, but easily compatible with other similar old school fantasy RPGs. This book has ten ‘lairs’ and the NPCs that inhabit each, again on two-spreads: a double-page for the usual map/lair combination, and another double-page covering the NPCs and whatever treasure can be found. I have used stock art by William

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In the Forest of Broken Dreams

I’ve had this idea in my head for a long time, and keep coming back to it, but I’ve never really done much with it. Over the last couple of weeks I started to sketch out a setting, along with some rules, with the aim of maybe making my own RPG out of it. Now that I’ve put it down on paper, so to speak, the urge has gone. I don’t think it’ll work as a RPG, at least not

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covers of my published RPG work

OSR Guide For The Perplexed Questionnaire 

1. One article or blog entry that exemplifies the best of the Old School Renaissance for me: This: the Rainy City campaign. A setting that inspired and intrigued me, and that I’ve taken elements of in stories and games since first coming across it all those years ago. It’s the creativity, the approach to play, the fun the setting, play reports and details produced. I would’ve loved to play in a setting like this when I was still playing and

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map of a city on the cliffs

City Map

Hello and welcome to my website. Hope you enjoy the visit. I drew a bunch of city maps, two for my highest level patrons (over at my Patreon site), and one for everyone else. This is for personal, non-commercial use only. What to see more like this, or just more in general, why not pop over to my Patreon site and join up. Even for a month, you’ll get access to a load of stuff.

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map of an ettin's lair

Lairs & Encounters: Ettin

More maps of lairs from the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book. There are some lairs I’ll be skipping, either because the maps technically already exist (as in the Death Charger, which is just a copy of a map that you can find in another book) or because they aren’t caves, or buildings, just trees or something that a map isn’t really needed for. Ettin The first map for August is the cave lair of an ettin.

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Map of a pair of dragon lairs

Lairs & Encounters: Dragons, Metallic & Red

More maps of lairs from the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book. Finishing the monsters beginning with D… Dragons, Metallic, & Red Two lairs to finish off the month: A hilltop of towering redwoods, a peaceful and restful sanctuary that is home to a lawful metallic dragon. A volcanic rise with steps winding up and down, where a fiery red dragon makes its lair. If you’re interested in seeing these before they appear here, check out my Patreon site.

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Map of a dragon lair

Lairs & Encounters: Dragon, Green

More maps of lairs from the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book. Continuing with monsters beginning with D… Dragon, Green A sloping sinkhole leads into a deep chasm, full of water. An ancient green dragon makes its lair here, squeezing out of the cave to hunt. If you’re interested in seeing these before they appear here, check out my Patreon site.

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