Role-Playing Games

A blog chiefly about RPGs, play reports, and the odd map

multiple lairs for creatures beginning with b

Lairs & Encounters: Blink Dog, Blood Hound, and Bugbear

Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time, until now. Other B-monsters To finish off the month and the rest of the lairs with B-monsters, here are the lairs for the Blink Dog, Blood Hound, and Bugbear. The blink dogs lair in a burrow

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Lairs & Encounters: Beetles

Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time, until now. Beetles A selection of lairs for giant beetles: the hollowed base of a fallen, mushroom covered tree; an invaded ant hill; and an underground burrow.

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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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Lairs & Encounters: Bears

Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time, until now. Bears Four lairs: a hollowed out tree, a cave, a lair formed from boulders piled on top of each other, and a lair burrowed into the snow, with blood-stained icicles hanging from the entrance.

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lair of giant bats

Lairs & Encounters: Bat, giant

Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time, until now. Bat, Giant A depression holds a stone door that leads into an ancient tomb, where giant vampire bats now use as a lair.

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Lairs & Encounters: Basilisk

Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time, until now. Basilisk A gradual sloping pit, with four tunnels branching off to the lairs of a family of basilisks. The petrified remains of their victims lie crumbled at the bottom of the pit.

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map of ankheg lair

Lairs & Encounters: Ankheg

Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time, until now. Ankheg A sinkhole that has exposed ancient and forgotten Dwarven tunnels that branch off across the countryside. A river has been interrupted by the collapse, and a lake is forming below. The bridge that

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lair of the amphisbaena

Lairs & Encounters: Amphisbaena

Back in 2016 the Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) Lairs & Encounters book came out, for which I drew a whole bunch of maps. Ever since then I’ve wanted to draw more maps for the lairs in that book, but never really had the time. Well, I’ve made time now, and every week I’ll be posting one or more of these new maps, with a brief intro to each. For the full lair details, check out the book. Amphisbaena A rocky

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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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