Monday, March 12, 2018

Now Available: The Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games - Volume 1: Fantasy Adventure

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Available now in hardcover print. The Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games - Volume 1: Fantasy Adventure contains over 230 full-color maps authored by fantasy cartographer Justin Andrew Mason. The maps are themed towards fantasy adventure.

Format: Full Color Premium Heavyweight Hardcover
Author: Justin Andrew Mason
Illustrator: Justin Andrew Mason
Publisher: Paths to Adventure
ISBN: 978-0-692-08675-9
Publisher #: PTA-BBM-001
Publication Date: February 18, 2018
Pages: 521
Size: 8.5" x 11" x 1.5"
Weight: 4.75 lbs.
Retail Price: $99.99

Whether your adventures embrace classic high fantasy, swords and sorcery, or fringe on an otherworldly Lovcraftian realm, this collection will provide suitable cartography for your tabletop roleplaying game adventures.

Over 520 pages of full-color maps: Dungeons, castles, keeps, temples, sacred sites, urban sprawl, caverns, mines, dwarven halls, elven empires, extradimensional planes, heavenly encounters, hellish delves, and even ancient forgotten advanced technology – this book has it all. There are even ten Underworld mega-dungeons included!


Note: Every map in the book is available as a digital VTT Map Set for virtual tabletop roleplaying. You can pick up the hardcover book at DriveThruRPG.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games - Volume 2: Science Fiction

I've just launched my new Kickstarter for the second volume of my Big Book of Maps series! I hope you'll check it out.

The Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games - Volume 2: Science Fiction is a cartography collection of more than 100 full-color tabletop role-playing game maps that is being created by Justin Andrew Mason.

Most maps will be geared towards a futuristic setting, though a few will likely have potential of crossing genres. The focus of this collection will be various science fiction locales such as space stations, planetary outposts, asteroid mining colonies, futuristic cities, science labs, spaceship deck plans, alien locations, and interplanetary waypoints, but will also include offerings for subgenres such as cyberpunk, science fantasy, and neo-noir.




The Big Book of Maps (Volume 2): Science Fiction -- Kicktraq Mini

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tabletop Gaming Media Makers: RPG History Documentary by Dorks of Yore



In tandem with my regular ongoing Gamer Bling! and Tabletop Gaming Artisans articles, I've decided to also showcase some of my favorite tabletop gaming media makers as well. This series of articles will  include works such as video production, audio production, music composition, and any other sort of multi-media content creation I think fits the criteria. Be sure to check out all the amazing things folks are creating and sharing! 

Today I would like to showcase the production of an RPG History documentary by Dorks of Yore. The project is spearheaded by actor, comedian, author, director, and huge gaming fan, Pat Kilbane. You may know Pat from his many hilarious roles on Mad TV or from other popular television shows and the big screen. He has spent over 25-years in the media production industry both in front of and behind the camera.

The documentary is an effort of the broader RPG History Project on Patreon along with many great interviews and video shorts like RPG Science and Two-Minute History mini-documentaries.

The focus of the feature film in-production is on the early history and roots of tabletop roleplaying games, and the importance of preserving that history is something I wholeheartedly agree with Pat about.
"Their stories need to be told and preserved for history... They deserve to be remembered."
I have been supporting the RPG History Project on Patreon since 2016. This is something I not only want to see, but that I think needs to be made.

Over the past year, Pat and I have touched base via phone every few weeks to discuss the project progress, his ideas and vision for the documentary, and organizing the massive collection of documentation, video, photographs, memorabilia, and interviews he has amassed for this project.

It's a huge undertaking, but I have been repeatedly impressed by Pat's ability to transform raw footage and resources into a finely polished media presentation. My confidence in his ability to bring this project to complete fruition has even prompted me to contribute in addition to my monthly pledges (and, I plan on doing so again this year). 

Here's the introduction video from the Patreon page:


I would be remiss in discussing this project without providing the context that frames my perspective of the RPG History Project's efforts.

There have been two failed high-profile efforts to create a documentary reflecting on the early days of Dungeons & Dragons. Both were fully funded by the gaming community (I'm out several hundred dollars between the two myself), but ultimately became entangled in a legal quagmire between the two production companies.

In the end, all anyone got for their investment -- after FIVE years -- was a promotional trailer for each of the two documentaries that will likely never be created and a proverbial slap in the face for investing their hard earned money. Understandably, that has soured many to the idea of there ever being a quality documentary for the gaming community.

The huge difference with the project being created by Dorks of Yore is the bigger picture. 

The documentary is a secondary (though inevitable) result of the RPG History Project. Supporters of the Patreon are privy to production footage videos, interview snippets, frequent news updates, and open discussion about the documentary. There is an active community and new content released every month. We can literally watch the documentary as it comes together, and what has been released over the past year is more than just promising. It's inspiring!


My purpose in writing this article is to raise awareness about the RPG History Project as well as the documentary in hopes of driving more traffic and potential support from the gaming community.


The Patreon offers reward tiers ranging from $3, $5, and $10/month and up. The content produced and frequently released makes the minimal investment worthwhile -- and -- the investment goes towards the completion of the documentary that many of us have been waiting years for.

If a quality documentary about the the dawn of tabletop roleplaying is something that interests you, I do hope you'll consider pledging to this Dorks of Yore project!



Sunday, January 14, 2018

5-Star + Seal of Approval for The Vikmordere

"The Vikmordere: An Introduction", (AAW Games / Adventureaweek.com), has received a 5-star + seal of approval rating from Endzeitgesit!

"It should be noted, that the similarities to parent cultures, while only running skin-deep, also allow the Vikmordere to be easily and seamlessly plugged into pretty much any fantasy world; it is only slowly that they transcend the connotations of their parent cultures, becoming something different…which may, in and of itself, generate a sense of tension and excitement at your table." -- EZG

You can check out the full review on Nerdretk.com:
This book is available in digital and print formats via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, and Paizo.

Friday, January 5, 2018

I won the DC Instagrammys!

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I won in two categories of Dungeon Crate's 2017 Instagrammy Awards -- hooray prizes and trophies!

There were several categories in this fun little Dungeon Crate-themed photo contest including  products, game table, logos, dice, cosplay, pets, and kids among others. The top entries were announced via the live Dungeon Crate Podcast and voted on by the community to select the winners.

My photos won in the "Selfie" and the "Product" categories. When I get the trophies, I'll append a photo to this article. However, this post gives me an opportunity to pitch a plug for the awesome Dungeon Crate subscription box service for tabletope roleplying game accessories.

Find out more at dungeoncrate.com!
"Dungeon Crate was conceived on the idea that role-players needed a subscription box specifically designed for them, a box where every item can be used by the player." -- Dungeon Crate

I have been a subscriber to Dungeon Crate for about a year, and I highly recommend it to any tabletop gamer who loves accessories and props. You can view a gallery of my "unboxing" pics that I post each month by clicking here.

In addition to the monthly subscription box, Dungeon Crate also offers the Adventure Vault, which is a fun on-time purchase (non-subscription) "sampler" of some of the sorts of items you can get via the standard subscription. 

They have also expand service and have grown into a really fun community that includes the Dungeon Crate Store where you can buy exclusive accessories, a fun gamer-centric apparel shop where you can buy awesome shirts,  "The Shady Lady" tavern where you can find the Dungeon Crate Blog, the Dugneon Crate Podcast, the "DnD5e" D&D 5th Edition podcast, unboxing videos, and more.

They have also started a useful community for trading/buying/selling gaming accessories on the Dungeon Crate Trading Post Facebook group, as well as a twice-weekly interactive live broadcast called "Dungeon Crate Live" which airs on Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 AM CST.

Go check them out! And, if you have any questions shoot an e-mail to Wayne at Dungeon Crate. He's super friendly and always ready to answer inquiries.

And, finally, I leave you with my ridiculously geeky winning-photo of my "Dungeon Crate Christmas Tree!"

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Big Book of Maps: New Years Project Status Update

Yesterday I sent out huge project update for The Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games project.

Good morning folks! I promised an “official update” at the start of the year. Over the past couple months I haven’t posted an update, but I have been trying to keep up frequently with folks via the comments section, messages, email, and social media. Honestly, I just didn’t want to fill everyone’s inbox with less than happy news during the holidays.

There’s a lot to get caught up on since our last update, so let’s get started…

First off, I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation to many backers for showing support in November when my Mom passed away. That event, my family mourning and adjusting to the loss, and the immediate holidays thereafter sapped a great deal of my focus and energy, and my progress on this project slowed dramatically (though we still remain far ahead of schedule).

I was blown away by the thoughtful comments, messages, emails, and even cards sent by some of you. This is an amazing community to be a part of! So, thank you, again.

So, Where Do We Stand?

While progress was slow during those last two months, it was never at a standstill (though I’m sure some weeks it must have seemed like it). I continued making updates and distributing files via the Digital Distribution Tool at a slower pace, but those updates did add up.

All of the Map Icon Sets have been released. That’s over 620 Map Icons + the Cartographers Toolkit. The Master File (a ZIP containing all of these) is available on everyone’s “My Account” page in the DDT.

Also, the Kickstarter funded 195 maps. We currently have 196 maps released. Which makes it look like we’re 100% done with the map releases as well. However, we’re not quite done yet! The final count of maps that are to be released has been updated to 230. An explanation for that can be found on the actual update on Kickstarter

That means everyone gets 35 extra maps and book is going to be roughly 20% larger than originally planned. After all, it *is* called "The BIG Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games.”

With the start of the New Year, I’m feeling like I’m getting back into my productivity groove. Though I now have quite a bit of catch-up work to do all around, I plan on completing and releasing the remaining maps for this project over the next 1-2 weeks, and then have the PDF released to backers during the following week. We are in the final stage of this project!

I hope to have the files for the print proofs of the book sent off to the printers before January ends.Then print book vouchers can go out as soon as I see the proofs and confirm they are free of errors.

My thanks to everyone for sticking with me during the lull while I dealt with personal matters.

We’re currently looking good to complete this entire project three months or more ahead of schedule.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Creature Codex Kickstarter is Live!

Update (01/05/2018): I'm excited to announce that this Kickstarter successfully concluded today having raised $248,771 with 4,166 backers!


Another Kickstarter that I designed has launched! Go check out "Creature Codex" by Kobold Press!

"From the creators of the titanic Tome of Beasts! Kobold Press is at it again, with a lethal and highly entertaining horde of 5e-compatible monsters to challenge new players and veterans alike.
The Creature Codex will bring over 350 new monsters to 5th edition, including lotus golems, wasteland dragons, shadow goblins, and so much more!"

Creature Codex: 5th Edition Monsters Including Commissions -- Kicktraq Mini

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

5-Star + Seal of Approval (+ 2017 Top 10 Candidate) for Wrath of the Jötunn

I'm excited to announce ethat "Into the Wintery Gale: Wrath of the Jötunn" (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 2017!

"Let me elaborate: This is, in essence, a massive sandbox with a really strong narrative that resounds with themes of love, loss, glory; this feels like a larger than life tale, straight from a mythology that could have been. This module at once manages to evoke themes of old-school masterpieces, the sense of myth, the sense of plausibility and the new-school focus on a captivating narrative, with tons of read-aloud text, diverse challenges..." -- EZG

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

Friday, November 3, 2017

GM Tips with Satine Phoenix & BJ Hensley

Well, that was very cool experience. Taking a few minutes to catch up with my favorite D&D-themed show (GM Tips with Satine Phoenix) [my primary reason for subscribing to Alpha], and I’m excited to see this episode’s guest is an awesome person I’ve worked with (BJ Hensley). Then while I’m watching (at about the 9-minute mark) the conversation shifts to an adventure that I wrote. It was very neat to see my name on the cover show up on screen.


Neat personal moment aside, it’s a really fantastic episode about teaching through gaming, and about how to get kids involved in tabletop RPGs. A must-watch for gamer parents or anyone who works with children.

There’s also some super exciting news about a new license acquired by Playground Adventures. I won’t spoil it, but I will say congratulations to the Playground Adventures team; there’s no better group of folks that I could imagine working on the project!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

AetherCon VI: Technologies and Tabletops

I'll be speaking on an additional panel at AetherCon Online RPG Convention this year. "Technologies & Tabletops" -- How the computer has changed tabletop RPGing.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM EST.

Topics are likely to cover virtual tabletop gaming, digital content distribution, online tools, apps, software, and the impact of social platforms on the tabletop RPG community. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Adventure Chronicle #3

Adventure Chronicle #3 hits the virtual shelves today! Grab your Free PDF copy and check out some awesome Halloween fun for Pathfinder RPG, 5th Edition -- and now Starfinder RPG!

Three of my maps are featured in this issue for three awesome adventures; one exclusive to the magazine. Also, I'm pretty excited about preparing for the next issue -- Into the Wintery Gale will be making a comeback with all new content for winter!

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The New Cartographer's Cache

My previously free PDF map series Cartographer's Cache has been retooled to serve as the wheelhouse marketplace for my VTT Maps Patreon.

In turn, a new regular series of free map releases is planned for the near future through a new venue currently being negotiated with a publisher. 
Cartographer’s Cache is a collection consisting of maps created by Justin Andrew Mason as part of his VTT Maps Patreon.

Contributing patrons wanted to know if there was a way to go back and get the maps released during months before they became patrons or in months they missed funding. Cartographer’s Cache is the solution to that request. Each set contains all the maps released by Justin Andrew Mason via his Patreon for a specific month.

Both 600 dpi high-resolution and 300 dpi VTT-friendly versions are included of every map. All maps are in JPG format and are sized to fit a full 8.5 x 11 inch page. Three versions of each map are included with this product:

• VTT Map – No grids, no numbers, no icons/symbols, all rooms shown

• Player Map – With grids, no numbers, player-relevant icons/symbols, and secret rooms are hidden

• GM Map – With grids, with numbers, all icons/symbols, all rooms shown

A new volume to this series will be added monthly including all maps released via my Patreon for the relvant time-frame. The number of maps included in each volume is indicated on the front cover, but will fluctuate depending on the funding status of my Patreon account.

There will be at least 4-5 maps in a volume (Saturday map releases), but the number per volume could grow to contain many more depending on Patreon goals. The price for a volume of Cartographer's Cache will remain $7.99 ($2.99/month more than current top-tier patrons pay).

Click here to see what Cartographer's Cache volumes are currently available.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Over $1,000,000.00 in Tabletop RPG Kickstarters

As of this week, Kickstarter campaigns that I designed for 3PP tabletop RPG projects have now raised over $1,000,000.00 (zeros for days!). That feels like an accomplishment, and I thought it was worth noting in its own post.

My various work on tabletop RPG projects includes: project planning, project management, graphics and logo design, animation and video, product mock-ups and specs, advertising (print, digital and social media), campaign layout, direct customer support, data analysis, fulfillment logistics, and more.

To date, I have run 15 campaigns, two of which were selected as "staff pick" features on Kickstarter. I have designed successful Kickstarter campaigns for AAW Games, Kobold Press, Rogue Genius Games, Legendary Games, and Paths To Adventure (self).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Free Halloween Haunted House Map!


My latest update to the Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games included an "Abandoned Haunted House" Halloween map for free download. The ZIP contains both 300 dpi (VTT-friendly) and high-resolution 600 dpi files for all three versions (VTT, Player, GM) of the map. For the sake of transparency, I keep all my project updates public, which means anyone can go download the map. So, please, enjoy the spooky holiday freebie! 

Click here to go to the update and download the map!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Haunting of Hastur: Confronting Hastur

I am excited to see "Confronting Hastur" 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 Seris, and boast cover art created by Rick Hershey, and interior art by Henriette Boldt, Todd Shearer, 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 am excited to see it all go into publication! Check out this fun and exciting adventure that I'm super excited to be a part of!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Flashback: Tabletop RPG iGoogle Gadgets

I had nearly completely forgotten about these, until the "Facebook Memories" feature reminded me of a 7-year old post this morning. Did anyone else make use of when Google did the iGoogle thing with gadgets you could add to your search home page?

Nearly a decade back, I used it regularly and developed several tabletop RPG gadgets that were quite popular at the time. In fact a few of them were featured, and Google Labs sent me a swag bag of Google-branded promotional goodies that I still have stashed away here somewhere. 

Anyway, since Facebook was kind enough to remind me about them, I figured it would make a fun flashback article here on the blog. So, here are the details on a couple of those gadgets I developed back in 2005-2009.  

Obsidian Portal Plugin - A custom iGoogle gadget that I developed which interfaced with the ObsidianPortal.com service. It was the first external application to make use of the Obsidian Portal API which had been released a few weeks earlier. The gadget supported standard formatting via HTTP streaming XML, and integrated in most of the navigation functionality of Dungeons & Dragons campaigns hosted on the service. Required initial call via "campaign slug" to reference the datasource. 

Random Dungeon Map Generator - A custom iGoogle gadget that I developed which utilized a complex algorithm to generate relative grid coordinates for rooms, then a series of randomly placed doors/openings based on those coordinates, and finally a second algorithm to map out a path from opening to opening at the nearest rooms to create the halls. Each map was totally random and downloadable as a large high-resolution JPG format image.


Polydice Roller - A basic randomized dice roller I developed for iGoogle which randomly generated roll results for 5 sets of 4-sided, 6-sided, 8-sided, 10-sided, 12-sided, 20-sided, 30-sided, and 100/%-sided dice. Simple and straight forward.

Dice rollers are a dime-a-dozen these days, but back when I developed this (in the dark-ages before smart phones and apps), having a self-contained dice roller installed on your search home page with actually kind of nifty. 

Advanced Polydice Roller - (Thinking of VTT before it was common place) - Like the basic version of the Polydice roller, except I developed this version to allow for completely custom dice combinations with modifiers and up to 100 rolls of each set. Since this gadget is heavily used, and I had several requests to provide a service for "blind rolls, " I added features that allow players to roll a defined set of dice, and have it automatically e-mailed to the GM. This prevents players from cheating by re-rolling until they get the results they want. Also, I built in a version of "anti-spam" that allows e-mail addresses to opt-out of getting APD results. 

There were many others, most of which I don't have handy screen grabs to display here. Luckily for prosperity's sake, at some point in 2010 I posted these four to Facebook, and so can share them here today. Enjoy the flashback!

Oh, and just for fun, I fished out the old Google swag bag that Google Labs sent me for being a featured developer. Here's a pic. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Patreon Summary #3: September 2017

The third month of my VTT Maps Patreon has concluded, and (since there were five Saturdays) the month saw five maps released to patrons. The month ended with 3 new patrons, including a mysterious anonymous (by request) Benefactor.

Benefactors are a new pledge level I've added at the $50 level with a limit of five patrons. For each Benefactor patron, I will add one additional map each month for all backers. There are additional perks as well which are described on the Patreon page.

This means that October will have an extra map added!

The maps released via Patreon this month were:




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mini-Dungeon Tome Kickstarter is Live!

Update (10/17/2017): I'm excited to announce that this Kickstarter wrapped yesterday having successfully funded with $165,468 and 3,091 backers! Over 150 stretch goals were unlocked and tons of new features were added to the project; including new art from Larry Elmore, and custom endpapers, head/tail bandings, and sewn-in ribbon bookmark for the limited-run hardbound print books. I'm excited to be apart of this project with so many talented authors and artists.


Easy grab-and-go mini-adventures! These beautiful hardcovers include 130+ short adventures for 5th Edition or Pathfinder RPG.



Mini-Dungeons are two-page adventures for 5th Edition or Pathfinder RPG which are setting agnostic and are easily inserted anywhere in your campaign. These grab-and-go adventures are great when you need something in a pinch! This tome contains 130+ adventures spanning over 270 pages (more with stretch goals)!

We have some top notch industry professionals working on this project alongside our team. These individuals include Dan Dillon (Kobold Press), Liz Courts (Paizo), Rone Barton (TSR, Goodman Games, Frog God), Louis Agresta (Paizo, Frog God, Goodman Games), Jaye Sonia (Storm Bunny Studios), Ben McFarland (Kobold Press), Jonathan G. Nelson (AAW Games), Stephen Yeardley (AAW Games), Brian Suskind (Kobold Press), Justin Andrew Mason (AAW Games), Tim Hitchcock (Paizo), Richard Develyn (4 Dollar Dungeons), Michael Allen (AAW Games), Rachel Ventura (Legendary Games), Colin Stricklin (AAW Games) – with more authors to come if we unlock enough stretch goals!

Mini-Dungeon Tome for 5th Edition or Pathfinder RPG -- Kicktraq Mini

Sunday, September 17, 2017

More 5-Star Reviews for 5E Adventures!

The 5th Edition conversions for my adventures, "Stowaway on the Singing Sea" and "The Burning Tree of Coilltean Grove" have received 5-Star reviews from Endeitgeist! Special thanks to Kyle Crider of the AAW Games 5E conversion team for converting these from their original Pathfinder RPG format.

You can purchase these 5th Edition products at Adventureaweek.com, DrivethruRPG, and RPGNow.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monster of the Month #5: Numereji

Another Monster of the Month has been released by AAW Games today. Available for both 5th Edition and Pathfinder RPG.

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 Monster of the Month #5: Numereji (from Australian Aboriginal Mythology) available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com (PFRPG/5E), DriveThruRPG (PFRPG/5E), RPGNow (PFRPG/5E), and Paizo (PFRPG).

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Patreon Summary #2: August 2017

The second month of my VTT Maps Patreon has concluded, and four maps were released for each Saturday in the month. There was neither growth or loss in the number of contributing patrons this month.

While I would love to see more patrons hop on board and help to unlock some of the great goal rewards, I'm more than happy to settle for keeping all  my awesome patrons on board for another month. I truly appreciate the support!

The maps release via Patreon this month were:

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Big Book of Maps: August 2017 Summary

Yesterday I sent out the Month End Summary for Aguust 2017 for The Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games project. 

While we pushed way ahead of schedule again this month (breaching the 5-months ahead of schedule mark), we didn't quite get as much released as I had hoped due to an unexpected increase (30-or-so) in the number of publisher-commissioned maps for the day job; as well as a the release of a couple of other books I wrote. But as it stands, we're pushing on nearer to wrapping up the creation phase of this project way ahead of schedule.

As of this afternoon, the project stats are as follows:
  • 150 Maps Released
  • 320 Map icons Released
  • 156 days Ahead of Release Schedule
  • The Entire Project is 76.92% complete
Check out the full update here!

In other news, I have already started the book layout process including theme, structure, and creating the index / table of contents which will function as a sort of easy reference including map thumbnail, map title, page number(s), and map # (for reference to VTT maps files).

The organization of the book will include two versions of each map on either side of a page. The "Player Map" will be displayed first, followed on the inverse with the "GM Map" (which includes room numbers and hidden/secret areas). The books will not include the VTT (plain) versions of the maps. It just didn't make sense to me for them to be included outside of the digital format backers are already being provided.I don't have an exact page count yet, but this does mean that the book will clock in at well over 450 pages.

The VTT maps will be released as individual products on DriveThruRPG when the book is released to the public. These will be priced at $2 each. Backers at the $20 and higher will be provided an optional link to a free bundle including that includes them all just in case you want to manage your VTT files via your DTRPG library.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fantasy Grounds: Into the Wintery Gale

It's finally out in the wild! The Fantasy Grounds version of Into the Wintery Gale has been released. This is very exciting for me as this was the last pending aspect promised to backers of the original Kickstarter. After hundreds of thousands of words, hundreds of pieces of art, a whole series of books, a hardbound mega-adventure, side-quests, a bestiary, magic item compendium, miniatures and tokens, poster play maps, terrain, and cards, I can state the project is now 100% complete. Skol!

This product is available for purchase at Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, Paizo, Fantasy Grounds Marketplace, and on Steam.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Seven Month Streak @ Paizo

Crud! My really neat streak is broken. For the past seven months straight, every Paizo weekly newsletter has featured one or more products I worked on for various publishers. Not this week. Well, technically there is one that I did "ghost design" for which was mentioned (i.e. I'm not listed in the credits, but I did get paid), but I'm not counting that one for the streak. At least I have a bunch of new stuff in the pipeline. Maybe next streak will be longer!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Starfinder: Muinmos Star System Set

My contributions to the first in what promises to be a long line of products for Paizo's Starfinder RPG have been released by AAW Games (Adventureaweek.com)! Introducing the Muinmos Star System Set!

"Star System Sets offer new planets to explore, dangers to overcome, lifeforms to study, and cultures to document. Modular enough for any campaign, each double-sided card presents a complete ruleset for ease of reference, allowing GMs to fill in the blank spots on their star charts.

Card types include Race, Planet, Character Options, Equipment, Monsters, and Mini-Adventure. Each set is available à la carte or as a six-card bundle."

Muinmos Star System: Race -- Sideribus Volunt by Justin Andrew Mason

Once from the world of Aventyr, the Sideribus Volunt are an ancient race of spacefaring humans who have adapted to life in microgravity. Without a world of their own, the Sideribus Volunt claim a network of immense space station libraries as home. With their vast and interconnected database, the greatest treasure of the Sideribus Volunt is also their greatest weapon. For in the depths of a wild and uncharted galaxy, knowledge truly is power.

Fun fact: I've been sprinkling the ancient history and the origins of the Sideribus Volunt into Aventyr adventures and content for the past three years, so it's fun to see that process now come to fruition with these Starfinder releases today.

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Patreon Summary #1: July 2017

The very first month of my Vtt Maps Patreon has concluded, and (since there were five Saturdays) the month saw five maps (shown below) released to patrons. The month ended with 15 new patrons raising a total of $59 per month.

I feel like this is a pretty positive beginning for a start-up Patreon. It will be interesting to see how frequently the numbers increase throughout the year. Honestly, I'm not sure what to expect moving forward, but I know I'm very grateful to the patrons who helped me get this project off the ground this month!

The maps released via Patreon this month were:
https://www.patreon.com/vttmaps

Big Book of Maps: July 2017 Summary


Yesterday I sent out the Month End Summary for July 2017 for The Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games project. 

July was the most productive month yet! I released a total of 46 new maps, and one new map icon set. I continue with the break-neck pace of releasing at least one map per day, every day -- and many days I have released two (or three). It's a heavy workload, but the effort is paying off dividends as the project is now more than four months ahead of schedule!

As of yesterday's update to Kickstarter, a total of 118 maps and 240 map icons have been released. The project is 124 days ahead of the release schedule, and the entire project is over 60% complete!

 Check out the full update here!

The plan for August is to maintain this pace as long as possible and push forward towards completing the project for backers as soon as possible.

In other news, the period for late backers has now ended, and the registration form for that purpose has been removed from the Digital Distribution Tool website. We ended up with a total of 1047 backers (including the late backers) for this project. I can't express how thankful I am for each and every one of them. This project was made possible by their generous support.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Monster of the Month #4: Kishi

Another Monster of the Month has been released by AAW Games today! Available for both 5th Edition and Pathfinder RPG.

"In its natural form, a Kishi has a snarling and salivating hyena’s face on the back of its head and a bestial bipedal body. Kishi are only summoned when mere murder is not sufficient revenge, and the complete destruction of an enemy is desired, a relished task for the narcisitic Kishi.

The Kishi are masters of lying with the truth, and all facts twist and bend to suit their chosen narrative. In this way, the devils can patiently undermine cherished beliefs and self-esteem. While this may incidentally claims souls for the denizens of Hell, these social predators simply take great pleasure in transforming strong-willed people into depressed, dependent husks.

Kishi carefully embed themselves into a target’s life as a friend or lover. From there they wear away at everything good within the target: destroying confidence, altering memories, and poisoning all other relationships. The victim grows increasingly reliant on the devil, and certain they deserve the suffering inflicted. It can be incredibly difficult to recover from a Kishi’s physical and emotional abuse, and the devils seldom willingly allow prey an opportunity to rebuild a shattered psyche."

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.

Get the Monster of the Month #4: Varpulis (from African Mythology) available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com (PFRPG/5E), DriveThruRPG (PFRPG/5E), RPGNow (PFRPG/5E), Paizo (PFRPG).

Monday, July 31, 2017

The End of a Journey

It’s been a challenging journey through the wintery gale, but the quest has been victorious. As of yesterday’s release by AAW Games, the last the pending content for the "Into the Wintery Gale" series was set loose into the wild (sans the final Fantasy Grounds VTT conversions which are nearing completion presently).

There were moments of conflict and stressful encounters to contend with, unforeseen challenges and unexpected setbacks, exhaustion, serious physical injuries, and the mourning the loss of family and loved ones. We undoubtedly underestimated the challenge we were committing to, yet the team weathered the storm; ever focused on completing the trek. Many lessons were learned, new friendships were forged, existing bonds tested and strengthened, and many new skills were acquired.

Standing here now gazing across what we created, I feel accomplished. We created something I’m proud to be a part of.

I won’t lie: it’s a journey I was more than ready to complete, but it was also an adventure I’ll never forget. I think I’m ready to advert my eyes from the wintery white for a while to focus on writing adventures in warmer climates, maybe a few palm trees?

My gratitude and eternal thanks to the entire AAW Games Team who toiled to make this series a reality. And, many thanks to the Kickstarter backers who made it possible. You are all amazing.

What started off as a goal of writing a 100-page adventure module became a sizable series containing over 600-pages of combined content. One hardcover book, five additional books, three decks of cards, GM screen, two huge battle maps, miniatures, terrain, tokens, and Fantasy Grounds VTT content… consisting of 15 Vikmordere-themed dungeon adventures, 40 detailed encounters (each a sidequest in their own right), over 40 new monsters, over 50 new magic items, 12 new feats, 6 new spells, new and unique gear and equipment, dozens of new puzzles, and expanded rules covering: hypothermia, frostbite, battlechants, runepainting, and tons of unique culture, setting, and overworld travel content.
The Complete Series includes the following:

Wrath of the Jötunn – Mega-Adventure (Book) [200 p.] – The main adventure of the “Into the Wintery Gale” series, designed to take 5-6 PCs from levels 9 – 15+. Includes 5 full-sized dungeon adventures, highly detailed overworld, rules for handling hypothermia and frostbite, delve into Vikmordere culture with new gear and equipment, new Runepainting magic, new spells, more than 10 all-new magic items, new traps, hazards, haunts, and puzzles, and over a dozen all-new monsters.

Raiders Haul (Book) [30 p.] – 43 all-new Vikmordere-themed magic items and 2 new weapon special abilities. Includes cultural information section for each item.

Winter’s Roar (Book) [62 p.] – 30 all-new monsters from the harsh wintery environment of the Vikmordere Valley. Includes relevant cultural information for each monster.

Ancestral Appellations (Book) [49 p.] – Detailed info about Vikmordere culture including geography, names, a dozen Vikmordere settlements and backstories for each chieftain or jarl, 5 new magic items, 5 new spells, new battle chants, and three all-new adventures included.
  • Eye of the Ice King (Adventure for 4 PCs Levels 5-6)
  • Caves of Cursed Ice (Adventure for 3-4 PCs Levels 7-8)
  • Tomb of the Crooked (for 3-4 PCs Levels 11-12)
The Vikmordere - Player Primer (Book) [19 p.] – Companion book for Ancestral Appellations with information relevant to new players for the “Into the Wintery Gale” series.

The Art of Into the Wintery Gale (Book) [172 p.] – Complete Art Portfolio for the IWG project including masterful pieces painted by Mates Laurentiu and Jason Rainville, with a special section including preliminary sketches and concept art.

IWG Mini-Dungeon Adventures – Five Vikmordere-themed Mini-Dungeons designed for use with the “Into the Wintery Gale” Series.
IWG Game Master Screen – GM screen with beautiful Vikmordere artwork on the front, and multiple panels for GM reference on the back. Compatible with Hammerdog Games “GM-Screen” folder.

Wintery White Combat Map Tiles – Nine double-sided 8”x10” map tiles that create two 30” x 24” combat maps.

Winter’s Roar Miniatures & Tokens – 30 monster miniatures from the “Into the Wintery Gale” series including bases, tokens, and three dozen condition hoods/markers.

Vikmordere Longship (Terrain) – Amazingly detailed and customizable papercraft longship created especially for “Into the Wintery Gale” by the masterminds behind Lord Zsezse Works.

Winter’s Roar Monster Deck (Deck of 60 cards + tuckbox) – Art cards & GM cards for new monsters created for the “Into the Wintery Gale” series.

Raider’s Haul Magic Item Deck (Deck of 60 cards + tuckbox) – Art cards & GM cards for new magic items created for the “Into the Wintery Gale” series.

Into the Wintery Gale Random Event Deck (Deck of 30 cards + tuckbox) – Overland random events designed for use as adventurers traverse the wintery white of the Vikmordere valley and shores of Serpent Lake.

Into the Wintery Gale for Fantasy Grounds VTT – Ready-to-run Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop modules for various IWG books.