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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games) Kickstarter is Now Live (Pinned Update Post)


I'm very excited to announce the launch of my Kickstarter, "The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games)" – A collection of over 150 full-page high-resolution RPG maps to be released as a PDF book, print book (hardcover and softcover), and collection of 600 dpi digital maps with VTT-ready versions.

New maps in the series are being released to backers twice weekly for downloading starting the day funds clear. Please, take a look and consider pledging your support.

All backers (even the $1 pledge level) get Map Icons Sets which have been unlocked as various stretch goals (over 285 icons already unlocked)!

There are several rewards and content to be delivered for every backer (from $1 and up). If you would be so kind as to share the project and post in any groups who you think might be interested I will be forever grateful!



Check out this demo video of one of the digital maps printed as a poster print. All of the maps are high-resolution, and make fantastic looking poster maps for tabletop miniatures.





https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justinmason/the-big-book-of-maps-for-tabletop-roleplaying-game


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Fantasy Ground Adventures for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

Four different adventures that I authored (and did cartography for) were just released by Adventureaweek.com / AAW Games for 5th Edition Fantasy Grounds! Fun content including adventures for characters ranging from 4th level to 20th level.


These products can be purchased via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, Paizo, and Steam.

Friday, March 10, 2017

5-Star Review for Stowaway on the Singing Sea

I'm excited to announce that my adventure "Stowaway on the Singing Sea" (published by AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com) landed a 5-star review from Endzeitgeist! Yet another really great review!

"Stowaway on the Singing Sea" is a Mini-Dungeon adventure designed for 5-8 character of levels 3-4. The adventurers have been hired by local authorities to sneak aboard the merchant ship, The Last Song. The vessel is owned by the Elloise Drake (suspected of also being the nefarious pirate, Lady Wavedancer). Law enforcement at the port city of Tangran’s Landing have managed to arrange for a “special piece of cargo” to be loaded upon the vessel for its upcoming voyage. Rather than the fine silks said to be in the shipment, the adventurers are smuggled aboard hidden inside.

You can check out the full review on Nerdtrek.com:
This adventure can be purchased via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, and Paizo.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Talking Cartography & Design w/ G*M*S Magazine

This week I talked with Paco Jaen of G*M*S Magazine on their "RPG Interview Room" podcast. I had a blast! The topics were cartography and graphic design, but conversation ended up covering everything from work ethics to life philosophy.

Thanks for having me on, and for the great conversation, Paco!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cartographer's Cache #004: Ice Caves of the Frost Drake


The fourth issue of Cartographer's Cache is here! This issue features a map of glacial caves caught in the deep freeze of the arctic -- and the frigid frost drake that inhabits them. Versions o the map include both gridded and non-gridded with and without map icons (perfect for virtual tabletop gaming).

Cartographer's Cache is a monthly RPG map series that I am releasing via this blog. Each month I will create a new map and release it as a pay-what-you-want product on DriveThruRPG.com. Usually the theme of each month's map is decided by public vote via my various social media accounts; primarily Facebook. However, to "catch up" with the publication schedule after a heavy workload I selected this month (December 2016) simply around a "winter" theme.

Each map is released as a compiled PDF that is sized to a full-page 8.5" x 11 template at 600 dpi resolution. Versions for each map included in each release will be suitable for campaign planning, game table handout, and virtual tabletop (VTT) play will be included with each issue.

You can get this product for Free (pay what you want) exclusively at DriveThruRPG.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cartographer's Cache #003: Ascension Isle & Highport: City of Airship Pirates

The third issue of Cartographer's Cache is here! I apologize for the delay on this series -- this issue was supposed to be released more than three months ago, but my cartography orders from publishers suddenly skyrocketed with a few large upcoming publications. So, now I'm backtracking and getting the series caught up. I plan to be back on schedule for March 2017.

This issue features a map of a the floating island known as Ascension and its lone settlement, Highport -- city of airship pirates. This map is done on the "overworld" scale so offers no grids. However, this issue does come with a layered TIF graphic file that allows the floating isle to be repositioned, rotated, or pasted over top of a different "ground" map. Daytime and nighttime versions of the maps (both labeled and unlabeled) are included in the PDF.

Cartographer's Cache is a monthly RPG map series that I am releasing via this blog. Each month I will create a new map and release it as a pay-what-you-want product on DriveThruRPG.com. The theme of each month's map is decided by public vote via my various social media accounts; primarily Facebook.

This month's theme was suggested by Robert D Smith via Facebook


Each map is released as a compiled PDF that is sized to a full-page 8.5" x 11 template at 600 dpi resolution. Versions for each map included in each release will be suitable for campaign planning, game table handout, and virtual tabletop (VTT) play will be included with each issue.

You can get this product for Free (pay what you want) exclusively at DriveThruRPG.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Perils of... VTT Cartography Series



Recently I was asked to create three new "map packs" to be included within the content marketplace of a world-building software. Not really given any specific guidelines, I decided to make three series each of 24 themed maps (72 maps in all) that I would want to have access to when world-building.

Series I and Series II are both interconnecting geomorphic sets that can be rotated, flipped, and mirrored to create hundreds of potential dungeon and cavern layouts. For the third series I decided to create a group of detailed landmasses. Once the series was completed and submitted to the publisher for inclusion I was informed that they couldn't be used due to their "interconnecting" features, and asked to put together another series of "map packs" that are not linked to each other.

While I work on creating another set of maps for that publisher, I decided to turn an unfortunate miscommunication into an opportunity, and I am now using this blog to self-publish the unused series.

I'm very happy to present the "Perils of..." VTT Cartography Series:
Each of these map-pack titles are available for purchase via DriveThruRPG.

3 Sample Maps from Series I: Dungeon Complex

3 Sample Maps from Series II: Caverns

3 Sample Maps from Series III: Landmasses

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Cackling Madness of Umberstone Manor

Another Mini-Dungeon adventure that I authored is now available for purchase. The Cackling Madness of Umberstone Manor (published by AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com) is an adventure for 3-4 PCs of levels 13-15.

A cursed manor house, a brood of ancient vampires, and a brave heroine determined to free an unsuspecting city by any means necessary collide in the ancient struggle between good and evil. The Cackling Madness of Umberstone Manor is a Pathfinder RPG compatible adventure for 3-4 PCs of levels 13-15.

Can the adventurers solve the mystery of the Cackling Madness that has befallen the city of White Oak’s Shire? What secrets might they uncover? This Mini-Dungeon covers several detailed locales in the valley below Mount Shalefor, and an opportunity to explore the setting from urban streets, to shadowy forest, to dank caves, and even up to the mountain summit. Peril, mystery and reward await the brave and stalwart in this horror mystery. 


This adventure is available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, and Paizo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dungeon Builder's Deck

The huge deck of geomorphic dungeon map cards I created is now available for purchase! I'm very excited to see this deck released, and they come in the newly designed OBS tuckbox. Available in print as a deck of 114 cards, or in digital format (for use in VTT platforms).

The Mini-Dungeon Collection from AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com brings you the new Dungeon Builder’s Deck suitable for use with any gaming system. This collection of 114 double-sided full-color standard poker-sized cards–each printed with a different interconnecting geomorphic dungeon map–allows you to quickly build a dungeon for your tabletop roleplaying game with the placement of only a few cards.
  • Generate random dungeons or pick-and-choose the configuration
  • Rotate or flip the cards to access over 450 unique map segment configurations
  • Card faces include pre-designed map icons to inspire creativity on the fly
  • Card backs include the same map layout without any map icons
  • Each card depicts between 1 – 9 uniquely designed dungeon rooms
  • Over 720 dungeon rooms of various shapes and sizes represented, and endless corridors
  • Utilize standard polypropylene 9-pocket card display pages to create convenient 3x3 card maps that fit in any binder and are dry-erase compatible
This deck of cards is available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, and Paizo.

Preview of 9 cards (front and back) from
the 114-card Dungeon Builder's Deck

Monday, January 30, 2017

Talking Fantasy Coins w/ Lords of Adventure and Wargames Podcast

http://lordsofadventureandwargamespodcast.libsyn.com/

This week I talked about fantasy-themed coins for RPGs on the latest episode of Lords of Adventure and Wargames Podcast with Wayne Brekke (Dungeon Crate). This was a really fun show, and we covered an wide range of topics, uses, and ideas for metal coins as they relate to gaming. I had a blast, and a few new ideas as well.

Thanks for inviting me to be on your podcast and for the great conversation, Wayne!

Related Links on some of the topics discussed:


Thursday, January 26, 2017

AAW Games New Bundle Deals!

I've created over 20 new bundle cover designs for a series of Bundle Deals being offered by AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com. These bundles cover a wide range of products and equally wide range of prices -- all of them fantastic deals for the content included. There's even a bundle that includes EVERYTHING for Pathfinder RPG that AAW Games has published. These Bundle Deals will be rolling out a few at a time.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Midgard Campaign Setting Kickstarter by Kobold Press

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/350683997/midgard-campaign-setting-dark-roads-and-deep-magic?ref=project_share

I'm doublly excited to see the Kobold Press Midgard Campaign Setting Kickstarter launch this morning. First, because Midgard is an awesome campaign setting and I'm excited to see it updated and revised for 5th Edition D&D. Secondly, because I had a blast doing the graphic design for the campaign. Already backed the project myself, and I'm looking forward to adding another classy leatherette special edition book to my gaming library.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Massive VTT Map Pack -- 120+ Maps Included!

AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com has released a brand new Virtual Tabletop (Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, 3D VTT, RP Tools, d20Pro) Map Pack containing several dozens of my Mini-Dungeon maps. The collection includes over 120 maps in all!

This cartography collection is currently available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, and RPGNow.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Art of Into the Wintery Gale

The entire "Into the Wintery Gale" series marks the first time I have had full autonomy and creative control as the creative and art director for such a major publication (about 20 products including 5 books, 5 additional adventures, three decks of cards, tokens, miniatures, GM Screen, battle mats, and more). And, I must say that it has been an absolutely amazing experience.

From the powerful featured cover artwork for "Wrath of the Jötunn" by Jason Rainville (which he amazingly manifested based on only a few provided paragraphs I wrote up) to the amazing interior artwork crafted by Mates Laurentiu (who seemed to immediately conceptualize my visions and make them a reality). 

I literally could not have asked for higher quality work. Watching these two forces of creativity ply their trade has been an absolute privilege.

Never let an art director fool you -- while it is a ton of work and a scheduling nightmare -- it is an amazing job unlike any other. I truly hope that I have the opportunity to hold the position again sometime in the future.

This is why I felt compelled to showcase the artwork done for the Vikmordere Saga in its very own book with each piece of amazing artwork featured on its very own page. I put together "The Art of Into the Wintery Gale: Full Color Art Portfolio & Concept Sketch Catalog" initially as a "bonus" book in thanks to the amazing Kickstarter backers who supported the project, and it can be a fantastic companion to the mega-adventure series as each page makes for fantastic visual handouts at the game table.

In addition to over 90-pages of full-color art, the book also includes over 30 pages filled with concept sketches providing a unique glimpse into the design process. It has already been provided to all of the project backers, but the PDF is also currently available for purchase with a print version in the works.

 This massive artbook is currently available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, and RPGNow.

5-Year Anniversary! (AAW Games)

Five years ago today I started beta testing as a customer for Adventureaweek.com. At the time, little did I know that five years later AAW GAMES would be publishing my writing, cartography, and design work. It's been a true adventure, and I'm excited to see where the next five years lead.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

5-Star + Seal of Approval (+ 2016 Top 10 Candidate) for Winter's Roar


I'm excited to announce that "Winter's Roar: Vikmordere Bestiary" (AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com) has received a 5-star + seal of approval rating from Endzeitgeist! The title was also made a candidate for the Top Ten of 2016.

"Justin Andrew Mason and developer Stephen Rowe are both names that I associate with quality; in this instance, however, they delivered something that exceeded my expectations... This book represents one of the best bestiaries I have read in quite a while and its creatures will make plenty of appearances in my games... My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval and this is furthermore a candidate for my Top Ten of 2016. Get this!" -- EZG 

You can check out the full review on Nerdtrek.com:
 This bestiary can be purchased via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, and Paizo.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

5-Star Review for The Unreachable Terror

I am very excited to see another 5-Star review for an adventure I wrote from prolific RPG reviewer, Endzeitgeist! Many thanks for the fantastic thorough review!

"The Unreachable Terror" is a Mini-Dungeon adventure designed for 4-6 PCs of 9th - 10th level. It was a fun experiment pushing the Mini-Dungeon format beyond the typical "dungeon/encounter" style by creating an sandbox environment to be explored including an overworld map, settlement information, a trail of clues to investigate a mystery, and challenging encounters to help bring the experience to life.

 You can check out the full review on Nerdrek.com:
This adventure can be  purchased via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, and Paizo.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wrath of the Jötunn

Into the Wintery Gale: Wrath of the Jötunn, the 200-page mega adventure I authored for AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com, has been released for purchase. The Pathfinder RPG compatible PDF is available for purchase now, and the print version is pending press proofing (so hopefully available in a couple weeks). This mega adventure is designed for 5-6 PCs levels 9-10 with intent to advance them to roughly 15th level.

The arrival of the celestial event known as the Ohjaslange heralds the return of the dreaded Jötunn—skeletal ice giants—and with them a curse of endless winter.
The adventurers have unwittingly stepped into the role of saviors to the Vikmordere people as the curse descends around Serpent Lake. Summoned by an ancient goddess, the adventurers join forces with the tribes of the Vikmordere to uncover lost artifacts necessary to triumph in this classic battle of good versus evil.
A war must be waged against the mighty Jötunn as they march down from their great stronghold on the towering peak of Ighdenholm. If the adventurers are not up to the challenge, then winter may forever reign in the valley.


This massive mega-adventure book includes:
  • 5 full-sized dungeon adventures including top-down and isometric cartography
  • A highly-detailed overworld, including over 30 ready-to-run encounters
  • Hundreds of prepared read-aloud descriptions
  • Optional rules for handling hypothermia and frostbite
  • Detailed Vikmordere culture information, including new gear and equipment
  • Rules for magical runepainting, including new feats and skills. Comes with a runepainter’s record sheet
  • A new spell, Arurún’s Durable Dwelling
  • 10 new magic items including: the hero’s receptacle, the legendary sword Vlfberht, the ancient aegis known as Skjold Rustning, and the Wintyrsyrd
  • New detailed traps and hazards including “The Growling Lake” and deadly “Ice Fog”
  • Dozens of complex puzzles to challenge both players and player characters
  • Nordic-style hauntings, including “Sounding of the Jötunn,” “Brimnar’s Haunt,” and “The Wrathful Witch”
  • A dozen all new monsters, including ice maidens and skeletal ice giant berserkers, as well as villains like the Ice Queen of Meyla Isle and the dreaded Jötunn King, Krumma
 This adventure is currently available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, and Paizo.