Monday, 27 April 2015

Geomorphic Beermats on Kickstarter!

I've had such a great response to my earlier Geomorphic Beermats post, that I thought what the hell and have decided to launch a very short Kickstarter to fund a bigger print-run of them.

The project is live now and may be found here:

It only runs for 6 days and finishes on Sunday 2nd May at 10pm. It needs to be short as I want my next planned campaign to be up and running before the end of May so I can promote it at the UK Games Expo.

If you have bought, or are considering buying some of the existing Beermat stock from the Squarehex site, you will notice that the prices on the Kickstarter are lower, thanks to the volume discount for a bigger print-run. If the campaign is successful, I will issue partial refunds to anyone buying through Squarehex in advance, thus ensuring that they pay the same total price as the Kickstarter backers.

Please help spread the word. I'm off now to drink my last bottle of Hobgoblin!

Geomorphic Beermats

My current appetite for new printing projects continues. This week I'm unleashing a limited print-run of Geomorphic Beermats.

They are real beermats, that I've had printed with grids to make them also great as gaming aids. One side is printed with a 10x10 9mm grid, that is perfect for drawing dungeon geomorphs on. The other side has a 3x3 29mm grid, that is ideal for use with miniatures.

The beermats have a 3mm white border. Once trimmed they can be place next to each other for seamless maps and battlemats. The beermats may also be cut up to make floorplans. The picture of a floorplan at the bottom of the page shows what you can do with just 12 beermats.

There are only a limited quantity of these available as this is really just a test. If they are popular then I'll consider doing more.

Links to the different pack sizes are here:

Pack of 12 £2.00
Pack of 24 £3.90
Pack of 48 £7.50
Pack of 125 £18.00

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Oubliette 9 Sales Update

This is just a quick sales update.

The PDF sales were very strong for the first couple of days. Then they slowed down pretty much as one would expect, but encouragingly, not before earning a Popular Copper Pick badge. The launch price is good for another 7 days so if you want a copy get one sooner rather than later.

Print sales are also good, and I'm now just into my second box of 250 copies. The lion's share of the first box has gone to Mythoard, but that a good thing, as it's a great way to get lots of copies to people across the pond.

If you want a print copy the details are here.

The best news is that if I add all the above sales to the higher than usual sales of back issues I'm experiencing, Oubliette 9 has already passed it's break even point. That means I can roll the initial cash investment forward, and put it into a similar-sized print-run for Issue 10.

LE9 Campaign Map

I've just rediscovered a map idea from a few years ago that I'd forgotten about. It is a fantasy campaign map centred on the village I live in (Desford, Leicestershire in the UK). I started with a standard internet map (doesn't look exactly like the current Google map but very similar).

Next, I began deleting hundreds of years of development to make the map less crowded.

Then I drew in the river, some roads and a forest. That's as far as I got with it, but I think I might do a hand-drawn version of it next, and maybe do some short write-ups. I considered changing some of the place names, but as I've already deleted the ones that I didn't care for, I might just stick with them.

Has anyone else given this sort of thing a try?

My gaming group also plays a contemporary, post apocalyptic game set in Leicestershire (where we're all from). That game not only uses lots of locations we know well, but also people we remember from our youth as NPCs.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A1 ¼" Grid Sheets Pre-order

I've just started a pre-order for some large A1 sheets printed with a ¼" grid overlaid with a heavier 1" grid. Ideal for use with a wide range of games but especially suited for Car WarsTM maps. The pre-order runs until 4th May 2015. They cost £5 for 4 sheets or £8 for 8 sheets (these include a £1 saving during the pre-order). The prices include the a card mailing tube but postage is extra. Here's the links to the product pages:

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Geomorph Map Contest Entry

I haven't drawn any geomorphs for ages, so a fun competition is a great way to get back in to the habit. Inkwell Ideas is a running a bi-weekly contest full detailsof which may be found here.

The theme of the first contest is Geomorphs with thrones. I've drawn one with four thrones called The Four Lords' Fight Club. It might appear as part of an adventure or larger map at some point in the future.

It started as a 10"x10" hand-drawn map using paper from one of my Battlepads so I could make use of the grid and texture. I then scanned it and added small details and used semi opaque fills to lighten and darken sections to help show the split floor levels.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A1 Pop Art Character Sheet Poster

Based on our redesign of the classic 1978 character sheet for the World's Most Popular Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This giant A1 poster (Pad of character sheets and PHB are shown in the photos for scale) looks great on a wall. Enjoy it blank, or immortalize one of your favourite characters on it. The posters are professionally printed on premium 170gsm Silk Art Paper. The paper is coated but may be written on with any Sharpie type permanent marker.

The posters cost £5 each + delivery. All posters will be sent rolled in a card mailing tube. Here's a link to the product page: