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Electric Bastionland: Merman Trouble

We are now seven sessions into our Electric Bationland game, and it’s been fun. I think everyone had been enjoying it, and it has been a much more role-play heavy game that we usually play (role-play is always a factor, but since the games in the past have been D&D-types, there has also been a heavy element of fighting monsters), with only a few actually rolls since we started, only a couple of short-lived fights, and a lot of hijinks.

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Electric Bastionland: New Game

The Cider Wars – Episode 1 Sessions 1 & 2 We played our first couple of sessions of Electric Bastionland yesterday and last week, including character creation. I’m not going to do my usual long-winded breakdown of the sessions; instead I’m going to be producing newspaper articles based on events and adding a bit of gossip and potential hooks. By the end there’ll be a full newspaper of events. Here’s the first: The characters rolled had the following stats/Failed Careers

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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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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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Ravenscar: Part 2

Our ninth session mostly consisted of deals with a rat-goblin and a fight in the cellar of the ruins, against giant and monstrous centipedes. Session Nine The party continued to search the piles of rubble. Suddenly, a terrfying presence rose from the debris that Old Man Willow was checking out: a giant rat, fangs dripping with venom, bone-chilling. The sight of it sent Horace, Jacob and Magnus fleeing from the sight; whilst the others just saw Ratkin, the red-coated, top

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front cover of the RPG adventure The Curse of Ravenmere

Ravenmere: Parts 2 & 3

Double report today, as I didn’t have time to throw up a report of the game. This covers parts 2 and 3 of the Curse of Ravenmere sessions, ending in the removal of the curse and a close-call that was but a throw away from a TPK. Part 2 In the morning, the tension between the party members was still strong. Alf, Callum and Magnus, together with Horace and Jacob headed back to the village, leaving Old Man Willow looking

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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: 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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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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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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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: 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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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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