Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Haunting of Hastur: City of Talos

I am excited to see "The City of Talos" for 5th Edition by Kevin Watson (from Dark Naga Adventures) launch today on Kickstarter! This adventure is the third part of the Haunting of Hastur Series, and boasts cover art created by Rick Herhsey, and interior art by Brandice Bos, Adam Schmidt, and Z. Mann Zilla. There is also an add-on for some very nifty "Dark Naga" dice!

I created a lot of cartography for this amazing project, and I'm excited to see it all go into publication! Check out this fun and exciting adventure that I'm stoked to be a part of. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wrath of the Jötunn goes to press!

 
After several weeks struggling with the printers to get the perfect print proof, my book Wrath of the Jötunn has now gone to press en masse! Available in premium color hardbound or economy softbound paperback.

While it’s not my first book to be published in print, and I’m presently credited in well over 150 other published titles, this is the first time I’ve ever held in my hands a published hardbound book which I was hired to write that has my name on the cover. It’s a pretty important moment to me!

I can’t thank Jonathan G. Nelson (AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com) enough for this fantastic opportunity. The entire AAW Games team really came together to make a beautiful line of products with Into the Wintery Gale, and I’m excited to see the 200-page mega-adventure released. Creating it has been a true adventure!

Pick up your print copy today!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Table Top Babble Podcast

This week I joined Stephen J Holodinsky and Chris Malidore (fellow senior staff members at the AetherCon Online Tabletop Roleplaying Game Convention) to talk with James Introcaso on the Table Top Babble podcast (Don't Split the Podcast Network). The subject of the show was all about online conventions from attending to running and planning events. Great conversation and a fun podcast to to take part in.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Paths to Adventure Logo

With a half-dozen self-published titles and the successful conclusion of my kickstarter for The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games), I decided it was time to get a little more serious about branding the "Paths to Adventure" label. While technically, it's still just the title of this blog, I've gone ahead and filed all the legal paperwork on it, and will be utilizing the identity to publish.

I don't have any intent at this time of becoming a full-time (nor even frequent) publisher. I remain a freelance for hire, and my self-published titles will remain in the minority of published works attributed to my name. However, having a publishing identity available for the few titles that I do self-publish seems like a logical approach. So, I unveil to you the new official "Paths to Adventure" identity logo:



As time permits in the coming weeks I will be updating trade dress on several products (including this blog) with variations of this logo theme to better convey the brand of products, books, and applications that I self-publish.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Undworld Races & Classes Cover & Stationary Designs

With the Underworld Races & Classes kickstarter by AAW Games well underway (and fully funded), I was asked to design cover spreads for the two hardbound books - each familiarly themed to their respective official core books. 





So here I have designed one cover based on a typical Pathfinder RPG theme, and another based on a typical 5th Edition theme. I've taken lengths to assure we don't cross any trade dress IP issues, but both covers have been submitted to Paizo and WotC for review and approval (just to be on the safe side), and I'll make adjustments as needed so both licenses are covered properly. 

I also designed the stationary (page backgrounds) for both books with the same concept in mind. Below you see those finished backgrounds sporting layout by the talented Jensen Toperzer and art from fantasy artist Mates Laurentiu

5th Edition Stationary & Layout

Pathfinder RPG Stationary & Layout

Sunday, April 9, 2017

AetherCon VI: Here Be Monsters!

This week launches this year's "Here Be Monsters!" interactive series for AetherCon Online Tabletop Gaming Convention. I designed the map of Europe for this year's series, celebrating the conventions growth over into the European audience with AetherCon VI.

Each week you can visit the website to vote on the "home" of an all new monster from a selection of three different locations. The location with the most votes at the end of the week becomes the new home of that week's featured monster. The first week starts of with Gerstovaex, the Green Dragon!

Stop by the AetherCon website and cast your vote today!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kickstarter: Underworld Races & Classes for 5th Edition & Pathfinder RPG


Another Kickstarter campaign which I did the design for has gone live! "Underworld Races & Classes" for 5th Edition & Pathfinder RPG (by AAW GAMES & Adventureaweek.com) launches this coming Monday, April 3rd. I'm super excited to see this awesome player supplement (available in platform-specific hardcovers and PDFs).

This book is fantastic for anyone wanting to delve into the dark realms of the Underworld in their games; and also the ideal player companion book to the incredibly popular campaign series, "Rise of the Drow".

Underworld Races & Classes -- 5th Edition & Pathfinder RPG -- Kicktraq Mini

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adventureaweek/underworld-races-and-classes-5th-edition-and-pathf?ref=creator_nav

http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/adventureaweek/underworld-races-and-classes-5th-edition-and-pathf/

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games)


I'm very excited to announce the successful funding 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. All backers get Map Icons Sets which have been unlocked as various stretch goals.

The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games) will be available for purchase in PDF, softcover print, and hardcover print in Spring 2018. There will be various digital products supporting VTT tabletop gaming released in tandem.


The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games) -- Kicktraq Mini

Official Project Updates --

Media, Blogs & Podcasts --

Saturday, March 25, 2017

5th Edition Content from AAW Games

https://adventureaweek.com/category/5th-edition/

A new advertisement series that I designed for for AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com promoting their lines of 5th Edition Compatible content in print, PDF, and for Fantasy Grounds VTT has started its roll-out to the public. There are some great adventures and supplemental content for 5E you should check out if you play the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Monster of the Month: Basajaun

AAW Games today announced Monster of the Month, a new addition to their tabletop gaming site Adventureaweek.com

Monster of the Month brings to life a new monster from ancient folklore every single month for both Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. 

Created using actual folklore gathered by Justin Andrew Mason then expertly illustrated by AAW Games' lead artist Mates Laurentiu (Romania), the monsters are then crafted by Stephen Rowe (Pathfinder RPG) and Chris Harris (5th Edition). Leonid Ponomarev is also converting both versions over for use in the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop.

AAW Games is offering MotM in PDF, print 8 x 10 cardstock, and Fantasy Grounds so GMs and DMs can easily add new and exciting opponents to their ongoing campaigns.

Subscribers to Adventureaweek.com receive Monster of the Month for free in addition to AaW full product catalog access (online flipbook format) and 2 PDF downloads per month. Adventureaweek.com also features an extensive audio soundboard, the Aventyr Campaign Setting, and new races/classes for players.

Check out Monster of the Month for FREE as a subscriber on Adventureaweek.com using Coupon Code: MONSTERMONTH

(Check out the announcement here: https://adventureaweek.com/monster-of-the-month/ )

Get the first Monster of the Month release: Basajaun (from Basque mythology) available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, Paizo, and Steam. 

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.