Thursday, 20 January 2022

A quick tidy results in some new terrain.

I don't know if any of you have a similar problem, but I have the bad habit of keeping a lot of my offcuts (from the print & paste terrain) - just in case I might need them at a later date :S


Well, I recently decided to have a bit of a clean out, as the amount of junk I was saving was getting silly. And, as you can see in the next picture, there was quite a lot to be thrown away (luckily most of this can go in the recycling bin).


Anyway, I did decide to keep a few things (like a half page containing a 'wood' or a 'stone' texture - as they're always useful), and I also spent a bit of time assembling anything that had enough parts to make it complete ...like the chests, books, and crates that you can see below:


Now, the original plan was to simply throw most of this into a 'bits box' of sorts (for use in future projects/builds) - but as you can probably tell, I didn't stop there, and last weekend I spent a few hours chatting/streaming on Discord while creating a few bits of scatter terrain from some of this junk.

And here's the resulting pieces:


So, as you can see, there's a large treasure hoard, a pile of torches, a huge axe (for a giant or similar), and a bunch of 'supplies.'

And I have to say that it was fun putting it all together - so I guess hoarding all of this junk did kinda pay off in the end (though it's not something I'd recommend ;) ), as I now have a couple of new terrain pieces that don't actually look too bad.

Anyway, it continues to be a busy month - what with the 'build along' project in full swing, online games to prep, maps to be drawn, and 101 other ideas that I want to get started (not to mention getting sidetracked with little projects like this), so I'll leave you with a (crappy phone) picture of something else I've been working on...


...a really old GW model that I rediscovered. This poor fella had been sitting up in a dark attic without any paint splashed on him for many an long year - so I thought I would rectify that!

Better late than never right?

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Dungeon Build Along

Hello all ...and happy new year!

With it being the start of a new year, I thought it would be a good time to start work on a little 'build-along' video series ...one that's aimed at getting folks (back?) to the crafting table (i.e. new year's resolutions and all that).

So, if you've been tempted to give the 2.5D dungeon a try - but have never got around to it - then this might be the gentle nudge that you need* ;)

(*because, let's be honest, I've got quite a few videos out now - which is a bit of a double-edged sword - because if you're just discovering the youtube channel for the first time, the sheer number of episodes might be a little bit off-putting/overwhelming).


Anyway, the plan is to release 5 or 6 short videos (around one video a week throughout January) ...thus creating a little stand alone mini-series - one where I build (and encourage folks to build along with me) a dungeon from scratch.

So, in the first part (above) I'll just discuss the tools and materials that you'll need to get started ...then in part two I'll make the first couple of tiles ...and so on.

With any luck some of you guys who've been following the channel for a while might also like to build the dungeon along with me ...as I think it will be a fun little community project.

That being said - this is going to be a rather simple dungeon ...and it will all be built just using the four pages (one printout of each) featured in this (FREE) download...

...and, like I say, whether you're completely new to this kind of thing, or if you're a long time crafter, then I'm hoping that it will be a fun little project to get the year started!

Monday, 20 December 2021

The Twisted Stave #2 (and other nonsense)

I've been meaning to get another issue of the 'zine out for a while now ...and with the year quickly coming to an end, I was a bit worried that it wasn't going to happen in 2021.

However, I've got quite a few things stashed away in my GM notes that I think/hope are worth sharing - so, much like before, I've managed to tidy some of them up, made it so that they are understandable by folks other than myself, and bundled them together into something that passes as issue #2.

Like most of my stuff nowadays, it's a pay-what-you-want download over on DriveThruRPG - and, by coincidence more than by design, this one has a bit of an undead/tomb theme.

Anyway, with the year coming to a close, I've put together a short recap video over on YouTube (where I also do a quick flip-through of the 'zine)...

...and while I'm at it, I'd also like to say my thanks here too (for everyone's continued support). It really does mean a lot to me :)

But before I head off, I also want to say that I'm thinking of doing a short 'build along' series in January (maybe one video a week - if I can manage it) ...where I'll be encouraging folks (especially those that have been tempted to build some of the 'print & paste terrain' - but haven't given it a go yet) to build a little dungeon with me ...one step at a time.

It would probably go something like this:

  • Week 1: Gathering supplies.
  • Week 2: Making a few tiles.
  • Week 3: Adding some scatter terrain.

...and so on.


And it would all be done with just 4 pages - i.e. one printout of each of these:

As you can imagine, it wouldn't be anything special/revolutionary - just a little starter dungeon that folks could have a go at - to see if they actually like the technique before committing fully (if that makes sense).

Anyway, I think this'll probably be the last blog post of the year - so here's hoping that Santa brings you lots of new gaming goodies, and here's wishing you a happy holidays!

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Treasure!

I'm getting to a point where all of the little bits and pieces that I've been playing around with these past couple of months are finally making their way into their own video.

So, without further ado, here's the treasure piles:


As usual, you can find the pdf file HERE, and it would be great to hear what you think of these!



Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Another Puzzle Handout

This is another of those things that I've wanted to make for a while (as I've done similar things in the past) and I  wanted this one to be as versatile as possible, and also have miniature versions that could be used on the tabletop...



...and, as you can see, it's a fairly simple design, and there are lots of different words that you can make - so it could potentially be used more than once.

Furthermore, I've also tied it to one of this months VTT maps (as you might have seen in the video)...



...and I actually got to use the puzzle in my online game last weekend:



Anyway, if anyone is interested, here's some of the riddles that I had lined up (though in my game the players managed to get through the door on their second attempt):


Never foremost, but enduring.
(LAST)

I lie upon the shore, and fall to measure time.
(SAND)

I can shroud both land and sea. A veil before thine eyes.
(MIST)

I have no voice when I'm at rest, and my rings cannot be worn.
(BELL)

My waves are not of the sea, my grip is not of fear.
(HAND)

In the dark I linger. In the light I wane.
In thy mind I haunt thee. Thy courage I will drain.
(FEAR)

Monday, 8 November 2021

Easy Roller Dice (and accessories) Review

Disclaimer: The items discussed in this article were sent to me free of charge.

I was recently approached by the folks over at easyrollerdice.com regarding the possibility of reviewing some of their products. However, even though I made them aware of the fact that I'm not really a review channel (i.e. the best I could offer is to show some of their products in the pictures that appear at the end of my videos), they wanted to send me some stuff to take a look at anyway.

So, of course, I agreed (in fact they seemed to like the approach I already use for the miniatures I show - i.e. nothing fancy, just a little note stating who the manufacturer is in the corner of the video) - though I thought it would be nice to do a full review (my first real review) here on the blog for anyone who might be interested - so here goes...


A WHOLE LOT OF D6's

OK, so the first thing in the package were some d6's ...a whole lot of d6's - 5 packets in fact - each containing 10 dice (so they’re  ideal if you’re playing a game that uses a pool of d6’s -OR- of if you do a bit of wargaming).

And while there's not a lot that can be said about the humble six sided die, I will say that I really like the numbering on these ...it's a large number in a nice font. Obviously, if I was purchasing them myself I might have opted for different colours (but that's very much a matter of personal preference) - but the dice themselves don't have any imperfections that I can see ...so what else is there to say :)


BLOODSTONE d20



Now, since I'm a regular D&D player/DM, a nice d20 is always nice to have ...and this IS a nice d20. The picture doesn't really show it off in it's best light - so here's a short video...



...however it still looks similar to any other 20 sided polyhedron right? ...well, I suppose so, but you really have to hold this one in the hand to appreciate it. It just feels nice. It's the kind of dice you need a dice tray for (and not just because it's made of stone).


Looking at their website it looks as though it sells for around $20 ...so it's probably not something I would have thought about buying myself (it's more the kind of thing I'd stop and admire at a convention, or perhaps buy for a player who is celebrating a milestone birthday, or something like that) - but now that I have it, it's definitely going in my bag of favourite dice (yes I have one of those), and will probably get used for tense dice rolling situations ;)


DICEBAGS


OK, since I just mentioned dicebags, I'll move onto those next. So, I was actually sent 2 different bags - the first being a regular sized one with a Cthulhu style print...



...and a much larger (faux-velvet) style bag (with a similar 'iron-on' design) that's actually reversible ...which is a nice touch (I think I like the green side best).



Much like the d6's, it's hard to wax lyrical about dice bags ...they have one job - to hold dice. But these do seem well made, and the large bag should be more than adequate to hold all of the dice owned by any sane person* (as you can see in the following image, there's still a ton of space with all 50 of the d6's thrown inside).


*it is possible that I might own more dice than the average person :S


DICE BOXES


Once again, both of these are the kind of thing I'd normally think about buying... but then decide that it will probably have to wait until I have a budget to allow for such extravagances.



That being said, the first example (pictured above) sells for $30 (so around £22) ...so it's not actually all that expensive ...I guess I'm just a bit of a cheapskate :)


Anyway the picture doesn't really show the little cut-outs very well - so here's another short video:



So yeah, the magnetised lid is a great addition ...and the magnets are pretty strong (I shook the hell out of this one and the lid isn't going anywhere) - though I'm not quite sure why (what I assume are) the two d10 holes are slightly different...



...I mean, both dice are the same size - and it's easy to see which is which just by looking at them... but maybe there is something I'm missing?



However, my only real issue is the fact that I feel like a bit of an uncultured swine putting one of my cheap dice sets inside (kinda like chugging cheap lager out of a champagne glass) - so I might have to buy myself a nice set of cthulhu dice to do it justice* (as a nice dice box deserves a similarly fancy set of dice).


*I mean sure, my characters will still die horribly or be driven insane ...but at least I can do it in style :D


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Anyway, I thought I would save the best until last... so here's the second 'box' that they sent (though box is far too poor a word):




As you can see, it serves as both a storage/staging area for your dice, as well as having a 'dice tray/rolling' area in the middle.



And if I'm totally honest with you, I would normally just pass something like this by and assume that it would be far too expensive for a regular Joe like me (it being a bit of a premium product) ...but looking at the website, it's listed at around $35 (roughly £25) ...which is about half as much as I expected.


So yeah, that's all I really need to say - but I'll continue nonetheless ;)


Now, I've obviously not had it long - so I'll probably need to revisit the review in a year or two (when it's seen plenty of use, and has been rattling around in my backpack as I travel to and from various games), but it seems pretty sturdy, the lid is a nice snug fit, and it can fit 5 whole sets of dice around the edge (that's dice of the usual RPG variety - i.e. d4 through d20).


I'll also admit that when I first found out that I'd be receiving some 'free stuff' for review I thought that I could pass some of the items on to a few of my gaming friends (rather than hoard it all myself) ...but not this one ...this is mine ...my own ...my precious ;)


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So yeah, here's hoping that you found this first little review of mine interesting and/or informative ...I suppose there's only two things left to do:


1) I'd like to thank the Easy Roller Dice Co. for sending me so much stuff to take a look at (colour me impressed)...


...and...


2) put some of this stuff to use and roll up a new character. So here goes...



That's 17 / 13 / 16 / 13 / 13 / 14 ...quite possibly the best stat's I've ever rolled :)


Saturday, 30 October 2021

Dungeon Archways

Well, it's time for another of my terrain videos ...and this time I've been making some archways for the dungeon:

- THE INITIAL PROTOTYPE -


- THE FINAL PIECE -


Anyway, there's a (pay-what-you-want) pdf file that contains all of the new textures HERE, and posted below is the video where I show how I put everything together.


So, here's hoping you like it!


- SOME OF THE NEW PIECES IN ACTION-