Monday, October 16, 2017

Ancient Barsoom had Hydrothermal Vents

It is now a well-understood fact that Mars once had quite a bit of liquid water on its surface. In fact, according to a recent estimate, a large sea in Mars’ southern hemisphere once held almost 10 times as much water as all of North America’s Great Lakes combined. This sea existed roughly 3.7 billion years ago, and was located in the region known today as the Eridania basin.
I really dig this map of Barsoom showing where water once lie on the planet in great seas.

MOLA topographic data, colorized to show the maximum (1,100?m) and minimum (700?m) level of an ancient sea. Credit: NASA/Joseph R. Michalski (et al.)/Nature Communications

https://www.universetoday.com/137468/ancient-hydrothermal-vents-found-mars-cradle-life-1/

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Princess of Mars adventure

For some time I've had this idea of turning A Princess of Mars into an action packed adventure for the Warriors of the Red Planet RPG. There are a lot of challenges to doing that, primarily that the book is a 1st person account of a single warrior's experience and how to translate that into a party adventure. I look towards Gary Gygax's Dungeonland and Beyond the Magic Mirror modules for inspiration. I think it can be done.
So I had a little fun and concepted a cover for the module. If there is any traction to the idea I'll consider developing it further.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sofia Vergara's Husband Plays Dungeons & Dragons

Hello folks, it's been a while since I posted, so I thought I'd come back with this little tid bit. Sofia Vergara Says Husband Joe Manganiello Is a ‘Nerd’ Who Plays Dungeons & Dragons.

This article is a fun little read. And did you ever think D&D would become this mainstream?



http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/sofia-vergara-joe-manganiello-is-a-nerd-plays-dungeons-and-dragons-w503711

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gen Con 50

With all the preparation for Gen Con, and being so busy at the con I haven't posted much here lately. Time to change that!

I first attended Gen Con back in 2000 when 3rd edition D&D came out. It was mind-blowingly awesome. I attended several years in a row and started showing there when they moved to Indianapolis in 2003. I stopped attending around 2011. I showed there again this year for the first time in years. The Artist Alley has gotten so good, and the show has grown exponentially with the rise of the popularity of boardgames.

This year, the 50th anniversary, they did something special and made a tribute to the first Gen Con with a recreation of the Horticultural Hall and an exhibit of the history of tabletop gaming specifically related to wargaming and RPG's.

I took several pictures. Here are a few to start with:

Recreation of the Horticultural Hall Entrance

Early Gen Con Program Guides

Early Editions of Chainmail

The Original DMG Cover Art!

Dave Sutherland III's Original Iconic Paladin in Hell Drawing

Early Draft of D&D and the Contract Between TSR and Dave Arneson

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What About that Old-School Art Book?


Back in March I announced a plan to publish a sketchbook that featured art inspired by old-school 1970's DnD with fully statted characters, creatures, and adventure locales. What ever happened to that book?

On my schedule I was aiming to have it ready in time for Gen Con 50, which I'll be leaving for tomorrow, and the book is still sitting in very rough outline shape. So, blew that deadline!

The only thing holding me back is finishing the writing and the stats. But that's the hard part for any book, right?  Yeah and so is making all the art, and I have a lot of it. How to solve this? It occurred to me this would be a great project to outsource to the community. The last time I was involved in a collaborative project like that was Petty Gods which I think came out fantastic. However that thing took years and years and passed through different hands. This is nothing like that, nor nearly that ambitious. It is a 32-64 page book, a bit like the fanzines Knock spell and the like.

Would there be any interest or support for a project like that? And how best to manage it?

Well, Google Docs is terrific for writers to collaborate on the same document. Setting it up would require a lot of trust that no one goes in and deletes or wrecks the book. Then there is quality control and editing to deal with.

I've got the start of a document here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FzlvyPqfnY7qoPYDtGlxy_TML-DoQ1wfaxqvi3cXbzg/edit?usp=sharing

Alternately writers could claim a piece on a spreadsheet and write it in their own preferred word processor and submit that. Like this:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15rw-MNkbyJjBXA8SoqJxPT-Vjp-1KUmnfCUbYHIgmI8/edit?usp=sharing

This is an experiment. If there isn't any interest I'll continue plugging away at it bit by bit and eventually finish it.

Here is the folder full of art, not all of it will be used, collaborators would get a higher rez version of the piece they choose to do, and I'll probably be making some more drawings too:


Monday, August 14, 2017

Half A Million Page Views

This past month this blog passed a huge milestone. According to my stats Page views all time history: 517,568
That's a whole lotta old-school viewing. Some of that is likely bots, and during last year's election there was an unusual amount of traffic from Russia. Seriously. But still, most of that is real traffic.
For those who visit this blog, comment, and share it I want to give a huge thank you. You're awesome! And you help inspire the OSR style books and to keep posting things of interest to the OSR community.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

3-volume Rules Cyclopedia

Dungeons & Dragons 3-volume Rules Cyclopedia. Japan. Mediaworks, TSR Inc.

In 1991 TSR published in Japan a chunky 3-volume Rules Cyclopedia set. Looking at these photos it makes me a little jealous that they weren't published in English too.







Look at how lavishly illustrated, many in full color no less, these books are a real treasure.

For just $425 on this eBay auction you can get your very own set!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dungeons-Dragons-3-volume-Rules-Cyclopedia-Japan-Mediaworks-TSR-Inc-/192244805158