Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mythoard Adventure Hook Cards: Year II



Over the past year, the Mythoard tabletop RPG subscription box service has included one of the special system-agnostic Adventure Hook Cards that I created for them in each month's delivery. Upon request, I have just written up another batch of cards continuing the series for the next year. The new cards are done, and being prepped to go to press!

Be sure to check out Mythoard the only place you get these limited edition cards (and tons of other amazing tabletop RPG content), and start building your adventure hook deck today!

Subscribe to Mythoard: http://www.mythoard.com/

Friday, June 30, 2017

Maze of the Skullkeeper

Another Mini-Dungeon adventure that I authored is now available for purchase. Maze of the Skullkeeper (published by AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com) is an adventure for 3 PCs of levels 2-3.


The adventurers have been captured! Rendered unconscious at the tavern by poisoned drinks by a bounty hunter for the maniac crime-lord known as the Renown Grand High Lord Xu Tannak of Shattered Rock, Bearer of the Sacred Flame and Keeper of the Bull.
 
Unbeknownst to the adventurers, one of their recent outings interfered with a smuggling outfit operated by Xu’s men, and for retribution he has ordered them to be tossed into his undefeated gauntlet; his favorite method of getting rid unwanted pests.

 The adventurers awaken as they are entrance gate to the maze is being closed behind them...

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Adventure Chronicle #2

Issue #2 of Adventure Chronicle magazine by AAW Games

New magic items and a few sidebar articles that I wrote are featured in the newest issue of Adventure Chronicle magazine (Summer 2017).

The tabletop roleplaying game magazine compatible with Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Publisher's Corner - By Jonathan G. Nelson
Catching Up With Wolfgang - Interview with the Kobold-in-Chief
Seaborne Stories - By Stephen Rowe
Oi! Get Off the Boat! - By Brian Wiborg Mønster
The Unquenchable Thirst - By Micheal Allen
Hide Yer Loot, Matey! - Michael Allen
The Flâneur Prestige Class - By Stephen Yeardley
The Gauntlet: Traps & Hazards for Your Adventures - By Rory Toma
The Arcanarium: Magic Items for Your Adventures - By Justin Andrew Mason, Rory Toma, and Stephen Yeardley
The Menagerie: Monsters for Your Adventures - By Michael Smith and Stephen Yeardley
Game Night Grub - By Rachel Ventura
Roll for Review - Endzeitgeist Reviews Celadon Shores
What Weather This Way Comes - By Stephen Yeardley
Sidebars by Justin Andrew Mason: Adding Magic to Your Game, Appendix: N'spiration, Polyhedral Podcasts
Tales From the Tabletop - AAW Community Comic


Pick up your free copy of this issue at DriveThruRPG.com!

Kickstarter: New Paths Compendium: Pathfinder RPG Expanded Edition


Another Kickstarter campaign which I did the graphic design for has gone live! New Paths Compendium: Pathfinder RPG Expanded Edition (by Kobold Press) launched thisw eek, and I'm excited to see this great player supplement being updated and turned into a great hardback edition.

"This hardcover edition of the New Paths Compendium starts with 8 new classes, and could easily go to 11 new classes if we hit a few stretch goals. Most of the classes in the book have several years of actual play and refinement, and even the newest classes have seen hundreds of hours of playtest and development. These are well-honed options for either player or GM, presented in a professional, readable layout with high standards of editing and design."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monster of the Month: Varpulis

Another Monster of the Month has been released by AAW Games today.

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.

Get the first Monster of the Month release: Varpulis (from Thai Mythology) available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, Paizo.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Big Book of Maps: May 2017 Summary

I just sent out the month-end summary for May2017 for The Big Book of Maps project.

It's been a very productive month: 24 new maps released and over 100 new map icons (5 new icon sets). Dynamic calculation indicates the project is currently 26 days ahead of schedule (not bad for the first full month!).

 Check out the full update here.

According to the numbers (map release count, project deadline, days since DDT launch) we’re currently 26 days ahead of schedule, and the entire project is over 18% complete.

I’ve added these dynamic calculations to the DDT just beneath the “News” section. This way everyone can keep track of where the project is at and how much progress has been made via a live view.

Updates & New Features for the DDT –

Aside from adding in the “Progress Calculation” widget, I haven’t made many updates to the Digital Distribution Tool this past month. I did a few tweaks to squelch bugs (documented in the comments section here on Kickstarter), but mainly I’ve been focusing on getting content out and working on the custom maps for backers.

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Maw of the Dark Tide

Another Mini-Dungeon adventure that I authored is now available for pruchase. Maw of the Dark Tide (published by AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com) is an adventure for 5-8 PCs of Levels 15-20.

“The Dark Tide Comes!” goes out the cry as the bells of the monastery begin to toll. It is too late. Dozens of tattooed cultists in service to the dark goddess Xyn burst through barricaded gates, slaughtering many. Within minutes the monastery is engulfed in flames. The cultist recede back to their mysterious floating isle and set back to sea, making way down the coast toward neighboring temples and shrines. No demands, just wanton violence and destruction of yet another holy site. The reign of terror must be stopped!

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Perils of... VTT Maps all go COPPER on DriveThruRPG.com

I am super excited to announce that all three of my "Perils of..." map collections have gone "COPPER" Best Seller on DTRPG!

You can pick up all three titles in the series in a bundle for $16, or individually for $7 each.



* Perils of the Endless Megadungeon: Series I (Dungeon Complex)
* Perils of the Endless Megadungeon: Series II (Caverns)
* Perils of the Mysterious Lost Lands: Series III (Landmasses)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monster of the Month: Krasue

Another Monster of the Month has been released by AAW Games today.

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.

Get the first Monster of the Month release: Krasue (from Thai Mythology) available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, Paizo.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Big Book of Maps: April 2017 Summary

I just sent out the month-end summary for April 2017 for The Big Book of Maps project.

Everything is on schedule, 11 maps have been released, and over 40 map icons in two map icon sets. New features announced for the Digital Distribution Tool, and plans for the coming month

Check out the full update here.

Updates & New Features for the DDT -

Monday afternoon I will be applying a new feature to the "My Account" page which will allow you to download a ZIP containing all the content released in April.

This new feature will be updated with each Month End Summary update so that backers have the option to download content in monthly chunks. If this will be useful to you, be sure to check your "My Account" page options starting May 2nd, 2017.

1) Release Schedule Calendar (powered by Google) has been integrated into the DDT, and can be accessed by clicking on the "Update" option on the horizontal menu bar. This is a quick and easy way of seeing when new maps, map icons, new features, and bug fixes are available as well as keeping track of the future release schedules.

2) Map Index feature added for all account levels that receive digital maps. In addition to the existing maps download page, the index is a quick view of all maps released sorted from newest release to oldest.

3) Account Upgrade options have been created in the DDT per backer request. This allows for a backer who pledged to the kickstarter at a lower level to pay the difference to upgrade the account and receive the benefits of a higher pledge level. The only option not available to upgrade to is the publisher level as that license was intended to only be available during the kickstarter as a unique opportunity.

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.