Friday, June 28, 2013

[Preview] Wyvern from Dungeonteller Monster Book

Formatting, making templates, doing layout... I'm working on the dungeonteller books like a fiend, powered by iced coffee and enthusiasm. Here's how a typical page is shaping up. Full color, but with no annoying textured backgrounds or olde-timey fonts. Each page will typically have a map of the monster's lair or other handy info as well as the monster illustration itself. A couple of monsters have two-page entries, to accommodate stats for boss types as well as the base creature. There WILL be new monsters that aren't in the plain vanilla dungeonteller PDF, and some monsters in the PDF won't be in the hardcover. I'm using "dungeon adventure" as my focus, so woodland creatures like bears and boars will be in another volume down the road. (A few classic wilderness creatures like griffins and unicorns may survive the cut).

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dungeonteller Books Coming This Fall

Three books, called: monster book, hero book, and rule book. The plan is to make them available as POD hardcovers from Each book is an 8.5 x 8.5 square volume. They will look nifty as a set. Will they be pricey? Yes. Will I make money off them? Yes, a bit. Are you done putting up free stuff on your blog? No.
Here is a sample page from the monster book. Most of the artwork I did last year, then took a break to write Welcome to the Plunderdome and create the free player pack.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

[Free Map] Fungal Fortress

Another free dungeon map from my sketchpad, ready for your personal use.


[Artifact] "Into the Unknown" 1931

This module was bundled with the third and subsequent reprintings of the boxed set. The "girl in peril" artwork was considered too lurid, and was covered by a promotional sticker starting with the fourth reprinting. This intact copy is a rare find.  Merritt was the first pulp author to recognize module-writing as a profitable new fiction market, and we all know the other big names who soon jumped into the game.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

[Drawing] Orc

This orc (and last week's manticore) are new drawings in an old style. I developed this style for some of the Northern Crown supplements and haven't used it in years.
Orc, Colored pencil, 2013.

Northern Crown heroes, 2005

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Drawn tonight between dinner and bedtime after reading this post from Zak and laughing out loud many times. Manticores are jerks.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

[Free Map] Deeps of Chaos Level 3

The third and final level of the Deeps of Chaos expansion to the free Welcome to the Plunderdome Dungeonteller adventure. All available from the Downloads sidebar on this page. The response to the maps has been really encouraging -- thanks. I just finished a big illustration commission and now have a bit more time to devote to the blog again.

Monday, June 3, 2013

My Insanely Detailed Lego D&D Tavern

This is my first serious LEGO build on a D&D theme. It's a riverside tavern with both a land and a water entrance. Working doors, even movable levers on the beer taps. The minifigures are mostly custom-cobbled from LEGO LOTR, HP, and Castle Builder sets. On to the photos! And more to come as I continue the build.
Come in and be welcome!

Pour you a pint? Here's your key, dearie!

A nervous thief steels his courage to climb in the window.