Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sigyn's Kurgan

I came up with an idea for an advance given my plethora of free time this weekend with the kids gone and wife working, I was itching to play/run something. I am an avid fan of Norse mythology and while reading I discovered a great story about a Norse king that sacrifice his own since to Odin to prolong his own life. An idea quickly formed and I drew up a dungeon and scribbled up the adventure. On the suggestion from a friend, I opened up the Fiend Folio and fleshed it out. Those Brits sure love the Save versus Death. Wow. In the space of four rooms I killed four characters! 

Here are my scribbled notes from the game, make what you will of them. I may clean it up to a more 'published' nature in the future.

Friday, November 27, 2020

downtime = moar maps

Kind of a lame holiday here, oldest child has moved out to her own place and the youngest opted to visit her sister for their first Thanksgiving, leaving just me, the pups, and the wife at the house. Add to this, the effects of 'no travel Rona' and the in-laws stayed away as well. Puts a completely different soon on the holidays.

So, I drew maps...

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Old School map legend

Insomnia struck me last night and while I could not fall asleep I came across the old TSR module M1 Blizzard Pass. Being a map nerd, I was immediately drawn to the map which had a wonderful legend (or key) and decided to make a new one to model my latest style. This is probably useless to anyone but me, but hey, "Wohoo maps!"

Have a Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Odelsrett Kurgan


Print it out and write up a fun location to kill your friends! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Leonardo's Last Retreat (also, Roll20's Set Dimensions tool)


On a previous post, a regular visitor to the site mentioned that he often struggled to get my maps to line up with the grid system in Roll20. I did a little investigating and figured out a solution. This map should work and fit perfectly with the default 70x70 pixel grid in Roll20.  Follow the following steps:

1) Create a new page, and makes sure the grid utility is on and set to 70x70, see below for an example.

2) Upload the map above to your Library. Make sure you are on the Map Layer (red circle on the image below), and then drag the map onto the Page. Notice how Roll20 by default shrinks the map, annoying, but ok.

3) Next you will need to right click on the map, move to Advanced, and then click on Set Dimensions.

4) Set the map image to 2100x2800 pixels. You may need to move the map depending upon how large you set the page size. 

5) This particular map will fit in the default page set at 25x25 squares. However, after setting the dimensions in step 3 you will have to move the map to fit into the visible page (or resize the page under settings). I have done this in the image below.

6) You can see here the map lines up perfectly with the default grid settings.

Now, understand that this will work for this map and most future maps, my previous maps were not created using this template and thus will not work in this manner. I may go back and change the most recent ones I have done as I may be able to port them over to this new template. I will have to see.

AND finally, here are a couple different versions of the map used in this tutorial.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Mausoleum of Red Guard of Thar-Gaona

This time I did not do a hatching because, well, I do not care for it as much as I used to, plus there are plenty of old school style clone wannabees out there.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Tomb of the Flayed Lord of Kerzagoth

You come here for maps, don't you? Been a while, eh? Sorry about that. Here you go. I did this map up in three different 'styles'. The first is for all you people out there that think hatching is the best style. This one is for Tim, apparently his ink is made from the blood of angels or something.

Bezio style, my current favorite for mapping. 
(oops, left out the 'S' for the secret doors...use your imagination)
And a greyed out one for those of you who whine about the black ink used to print a map
(who the fock prints maps these days?)