Wednesday, May 18, 2016

An Adventure for Guardians!

The Power of Fear



A Guardians superhero adventure for levels 1-3
Includes:
10 super-powered NPC’s
New super power
Multiple Maps

Marcus Grimwood, once known as the Teklord until he retired from superhero duties, was a genius super inventor from a family of wealthy industrialists. After tragically losing his partner, and the failure of his brilliant inventions to be accepted by the public, he concocted a scheme to create the ultimate power source. Grimwood did not realize that in his grief and frustration, he had gone stark raving mad...

The adventure takes place over several days as Grimwood unfolds his master plan to “harness the power of fear” and perform the final calibration of his Phobos Device.

Available in print here.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mechanized Men of Mars available now

I didn't think I'd have this done until early next week, but I was able to finish up the maps and the illustrations and layout today. The adventure went through quite a few variations, but the core idea remained throughout play tests. It's a fairly solid one-shot, but it has enough sandbox elements that you could use as the start of a campaign. With a little local map of the wilderness area north of Helium. I do hope you enjoy it.

Print copy available on Lulu:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/thomas-denmark/mechanized-men-of-mars/paperback/product-22694699.html

PDF available on DriveThruRPG:
http://drivethrurpg.com/product/182983/Mechanized-Men-of-Mars

I experimented a bit with the cover trying to do something retro inspired by early D&D modules, but then added some contemporary flourishes to it.



Beasties is Available

Beasties, a collection of monsters, creatures, strange beings, traps, and encounters compatible with the Original Fantasy RPG and similar systems, is now available live on Lulu and DriveThruRPG.

27 Monsters
6 NPC's
37 Drawings
5 Maps
1 "Megadungeon" sample

Print edition on Lulu
http://www.lulu.com/shop/thomas-denmark/beasties/paperback/product-22694390.html

PDF on DriveThruRPG
http://drivethrurpg.com/product/182958/Beasties

I did several homages to classic illustrations, new takes on some old stuff, and a bunch of brand new content all in the spirit of "OSR".





Every time I do a book I think this won't be too hard, I'll just write up some stuff, do some drawings, lay it out and publish it. Then the reality hits of just how much goes into making a good work, and all the details it takes to finish something. So this took longer than expected, but its out there now!

Note that the PDF/Book combo will be available on DriveThruRPG as soon as the print copy is approved. It is a process that takes about a week or two. I'll definitely mention it here when its available.

I'm still working on the adventure for Warriors of the Red Planet, if all goes well it'll be available early next week. Now that Beasties is done I'll have less distraction.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mystery Location

I've been neglecting this blog, as happens on occasion, because I've been busy working on Deluxe Judges Guild, an adventure for Warriors of the Red Planet, and the Beasties monster book. So, so close to being done!
My morning routine is getting the kids off to school, sitting down with coffee, checking email and RSS feeds (lots of great old-school blogs!), and doing some warm up sketches. All before starting the day's work.
This month I've been participating in a little artist thing called #maysketchday, which you can see on my Twitter and Instagram feeds. The sketches I've been doing would make good inspirational material for a fantasy adventure or adventuring locales. This one could be particularly useful as a visual.

"As the sun sets and the twinkling stars appear to light the night, silhouetted by a full moon is the ancient spire of Tal-Marduk. It is said that atop the rugged heights is the lonely haunt of a great hermit mage who uncovered the very secrets of transmutation. Scaling it could be dangerous, but might be worth the risk..."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Calot


There have been quite a few interpretations of the species the loyal Woola belongs to. Here I've tried to fit it in with the general aesthetic of Warriors of the Red Planet. Your interpretation might vary.

Calot
AC: 6 [14]
HD: 3
Atk: bite
Dmg: 1d10
Save: F4
Move: 180' (360' burst)
Special: Tireless, Night Vision, Tracking by Scent, Initiative +2, Run (burst) 3/day

A calot is a ten legged beast about the size of a Jersey cow or small pony. It has a gaping maw filled with three rows of very sharp teeth and an ugly disposition. Its large puppy-dog like eyes would make the creature adorable except that it has a fearsome countenance, and an intimidating physical strength. Its stamina is just short of marvelous being able to travel a hundred or more miles in a day. These successful predators of the martian wastes have been domesticated by some Thark and Warhoon tribes and generally serve their masters much as dogs serve humans on Earth.