Category: Self-Pormotion

And the rest?

But, what about the others? We know there are more! Well, yes, there are a few more, although none have sold well enough to be a best seller of anything. These, however, are the rest of my current work. I have my final book of lairs due out in the new year, currently creating it and posting it spread-by-spread on my Patreon site. There are three more, two books of lairs, and an adventure for The Black Hack that I

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RPG Adventures: Part 4

This next adventure was a commissioned piece of work, for both the writing and the maps that come with it. It is currently a Best Silver Seller. Ruined City of Cyfandir From the site: From the imagination of designer and cartographer Simon Forster, creator of the Book of Lairs and the popular OSR blog Sky Full of Dust, comes a new adventure for characters levels 5-7. Two hundred years ago, the elven capital of Cyfandir fell to the savage assault of the Great Dragon Aisoth,

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RPG Adventures: Part 3

My third adventure that has proven, sort of, a success is currently a Best Copper Seller, and received a mixed review; but one that I’ve taken as a challenge to improve, probably towards the end of the year, or to the start of 2020. Spire This is a setting/dungeon based around the Spire and the surrounding town. It is fairly large, 168 pages, and is my longest (both in page count and how long it took to complete) work yet.

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RPG Adventures: Part 2

This next adventure is a Best Copper Seller and was my first one, I think, and I revised it with artwork and better maps after the first version that gained some ground. It has some lovely illustrations by Jim and Josefin Magnusson. Mischievous Monsters Mischievous Monsters is another adventure location, and was again a recipient of a review by Bryce . It is set around an attack against an inn, with a timeline of events, some NPCs, and a few

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RPG Adventures: Part 1

Now I’ll move on to the various RPG adventures that I’ve published, those that have also hit the best seller categories. There have only been three of mine own so far that have gained such success, and one that was a piece of work for a different company that has sold reasonably well. First up, one of my first and one that I’ve revised twice (I think) after feedback and running it myself. The Curse of Ravenmere A short adventure,

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Books of Lairs: Part 4

Continuing with the marketing of my books of lairs, with the final book that has made it as a Best Copper Seller; although there are others in the series (six so far, one to come). Book of Lairs: Abandoned Places My fourth book of lairs is the Book of Lairs: Abandoned Places, again following the now standard format of two-page spreads with the map on one side, text on the other (sometimes spilling over into multiple pages). This book had

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Books of Lairs: Part 3

Continuing with a bit of self-promotion, this is the third part of my books of lairs. The next two in this series are both Best Copper Sellers, which is still not bad, and much better than I ever expected. Vale of the Iron God: The Third Book of Lairs My third book of lairs is the Vale of the Iron God: the Third Book of Lairs, which was a bit of an experiment. This proposed a small sandbox setting, in

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Books of Lairs: Part 2

My second Silver Best Seller on DrivethruRPG is the follow-up to the original Book of Lairs, this time themed around urban settings. The Book of Lairs: Urban Encounters My second book of lairs is the urban-themed The Book of Lairs: Urban Encounters, which is again a series of lairs on A5-sized spreads, maps on one side, text on the other. This has 25 lairs, from a mixture of sources, following the alphabet listing as previously. I think this is my

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Books of Lairs: Part 1

I was checking out my publisher’s account over at DriveThruRPG.com the other day, and realised that some of my products had reached the Best Silver and Best Copper Sellers lists. They may still only have sold a modest number, but I’m quietly proud that something that I wrote and mapped has been successful, albeit in small numbers. So, a bit of marketing: here are those books of mine that have achieved such acclaim, which I’ll post about every day this

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Book of Lairs # 6

My latest (and penultimate) book of lairs– Book of Lairs: Desolation– is now live on Drivethru. Took a while to get the proof correct, but the copy I opened today looked great. The colours really pop. I’ll be starting to post the first of the lairs for the last book before the end of the month. If you’re interested in seeing these before they are combined into the final book, check out my Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/theskyfullofdust Cheers, Simon.

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The Haunted Wood

I’ve just made my latest RPG adventure book live on DriveThruRPG.com . This is an adventure for The Black Hack 2E rules, for about 4-6 Level 4 characters. Here’s the cover of the printed copy I got the proof of this morning: And here are a couple of pics of the interior pages, and the maps at the back of the book (also inside, and the PDF download has a separate file with all the maps on it): Here’s the

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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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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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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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cover of book of lairs

Book of Lairs: Abandoned Places

My fourth Book of Lairs: Abandoned Places is now live! This collection of lairs consists of the usual two-page spreads of maps and text, with monsters taken from the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) core book and the Lairs & Encounters book; but it is compatible with other old-school fantasy games with hardly any effort. This book is themed, with each lair being abandoned by its former occupants and taken as the lair of some other creature or creatures. There are 13 lairs in all.

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Self-Promotion: Spire

My latest RPG book, Spire, is now available to buy. It was also supported by the people on my Patreon site, who got to see this as it came together. The book is a system-neutral setting/dungeon, 168-pages, largely in the same two-page spread style as my Books of Lairs. I’ll be adding game stuff on this site to supplement the book (new classes, NPC stats, and gaming mechanics as necessary). From the blurb: The Spire. A towering edifice a mile high and nearly

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cover of third book of lairs

Self-promotion: The Vale of the Iron God

My third Book of Lairs, entitled Vale of the Iron God, is now available to buy, and was supported via my Patreon site. Maps, lairs and dungeons all appeared there before it was published. This book has ten locations, a mix of lairs and dungeons, some spread across multiple pages, but all using the same two-page spread for maps/text and written with the ACKS rules; it include some new monsters as well. Available at RPGNow and Lulu. The vale sits between two mountains that border the rolling

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Book of Lairs: Urban Encounters

Self-promotion: Book of Lairs- Urban Encounters

My second Book of Lairs (subtitled Urban Encounters) is another collection of lairs (25 in all), again with two-page spreads with a map on one side and the text opposite. This time the monsters come from a variety of sources, not just the ACKS core rule book. There are monsters here from Teratic Tome, Monstrosities, and The Tome of Horror Complete. There are also two new monsters, this time illustrated by the talented artist Gennifer Bone. Available now on RPGNow and Lulu. The Book of Lairs: Urban Encounters is a

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book of lairs one

Self-promotion: Book of Lairs

The first Book of Lairs is a set of 26 lairs, with each map & lair on a two-page spread of this A5-sized perfect-bound book. The monsters are largely all from the core ACKSrule book, one for each letter of the alphabet, with a few new monsters to fill in some gaps; these new monsters are fully written up for ACKS and come complete with illustrations by the very talented Jim & Josefin Magnusson. Available on RPGNow and Lulu. This Book of Lairs is a collection of 26 lairs

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front cover of the RPG adventure The Curse of Ravenmere

Self-promotion: The Curse of Ravenmere

My second adventure, The Curse of Ravenmere, is a short location-based adventure, originally written for the Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy RPG, but changed to fit in with the ACKS rules, since that was the game I was playing. This adventure revolves around the village of Ravenmere and the curse that lies upon it. A very simple and short adventure, it has recently been revised to add a bit more content and new maps. Currently available on RPGNow. Ravenmere is a small village situated between

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cover for Mischievous Monsters: a fantasy adventure

Self-promotion: Mischievous Monsters

My first published adventure was a short fey-themed adventure called Mischievous Monsters, which was originally a much rougher post on my blog. This one is illustrated by Jim & Josefin Magnusson once more, with a beautiful colour cover that was so good I opted to have no text on it. The adventure itself revolves around the events one night whilst resting at an inn, includes some new monsters, and is enough to last a session. This was also written with the ACKS rules in mind.

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RPG Cartography, Adventures and Books of Lairs

A New Focus I started this blog back in 2011, a mix of rudimentary maps, ill-thought out ideas, and play reports from various campaigns. Interest in keeping it updated waned, posts came fewer and fewer (there were only 5 last year) and it was hard to compete with all those other blogs out there. So, time for a change and a different focus. Last year I redesigned this site to focus more on my map-making, RPG books (the Book of Lairs

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