Southward. A poem.

On the black tar veld,Surrounded by beastsAnd wavering heat.We travel the path: Forever southward,Across lost lands,‘Neath forgotten stars.Here, Hand-in-hand,Ear to the wind,Avoiding pitfallsAnd predatorsThat might bring us low,Wary yet unawares, Forever on, we go.Because we are lostIn each other’s talesAnd each other’s mindsAnd each other’s souls;And from here on in,We will always Share this road.Continue reading “Southward. A poem.”

Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 31-33

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017. It was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s the follow up campaign – 2018’s ‘Tomb of Annihilation’. We used experienceContinue reading “Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 31-33”

Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 29-30

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017. It was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s the follow up campaign – 2018’s ‘Tomb of Annihilation’. We used experienceContinue reading “Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 29-30”

Upstart Photographer – Sunset Screened

I love to take photographs and write poetry. And show them to you right here. Steve 🙂 Sunset Screened. A poem.Light peeks gingerlyFrom behind feathered linesBurnished in the Autumn lightFrom whence the nightSeeks the gentle touchOf its spurned lover Hidden, yet revealedFor all the world to see

Dragon Warriors Resources – Free Map, Roll20 Rules & Casket of Fays

About a year back (has it been that long?) I played a few games of Dragon Warriors, a cool OSR game by Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, which features some annoyingly inconsistent systems lol. Despite that, the combat was fast moving and the atmosphere was great! For a full review of Dragon Warriors, click here.Continue reading “Dragon Warriors Resources – Free Map, Roll20 Rules & Casket of Fays”

FiveE Magazine Issue 2 is Out Now in PDF and PRINT and it’s FREE!

Hi all, FiveE Magazine is available NOW in PDF on DrivethruRPG – you can download a PDF copy for FREE! Or you can get a PRINT copy for FREE (all you pay for is the base print cost + postage – I don’t make any profit from the magazine). https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/391814/FiveE-Magazine–April-2022 FiveE Magazine is a semi-regular periodical dedicated to content for the World’s Most Popular Fantasy RoleContinue reading “FiveE Magazine Issue 2 is Out Now in PDF and PRINT and it’s FREE!”

SHOTGLASS ROUNDS VOL.1 HARDCOVER on sale now at DrivethruRPG!

What are Shotglass Rounds? SHOTGLASS ROUNDS One-Shots for 5e & OSR are flexible, convenient, super-charged adventures that won’t have you sitting up for hours doing prep for your next game session! Run them as a One-Shot, or pop them into your ongoing campaign as an exciting side mission! Each adventure is designed for 1-2 x 4-5 hour game sessions,Continue reading “SHOTGLASS ROUNDS VOL.1 HARDCOVER on sale now at DrivethruRPG!”

Fathomless. A poem.

And all at once,That special someoneWill keep youHanging on their every wordAs if they were the last branch On the last treeOn the very last island In the very last seaAnd your hopes and dreamsWill be fathomlessThen you’ll f$&@ it up For more poetry, click here.

Dating Abyss. A poem.

I cheer you on into the abyssFrom whence we come and goAlways waiting for our turn To be shot down in mid-flightTarget practice for the aimlessAnd the weary, worn out soulsWho capitulate to inevitabilityAnd take their placeOn the merry-go-round Circling like vultures For whatever scraps remainUntil the ride comes to an endAnd each is depositedContinue reading “Dating Abyss. A poem.”

Dark Minds & Bright Souls: A book of poetry – available now at DriveThruFiction

Containing newly edited versions of the poems from The All or the Nothing (2017) and Poetry for the Sad, Lonely and Hopelessly Endangered (2018), Dark Minds & Bright Souls is a 160-page hardcover collection for all the bright souls and dark minds out there. Available at https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/389015/Dark-Minds–Bright-Souls

Free Map: Mushroom Caves

Time for a free map! I love drawing maps by hand for Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy TTRPG adventures. I have far too many, so I like to give away my maps whenever I can. This map comes with a grid sized at 30 x 21 squares and can be used for face-to-face gamesContinue reading “Free Map: Mushroom Caves”

Free Map: Waterfall Grove

Time for a free map! I love drawing maps by hand for Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy TTRPG adventures. I have far too many, so I like to give away my maps whenever I can. This 44 squares x 31 squares map comes with a grid and can be used for face-to-face games orContinue reading “Free Map: Waterfall Grove”

Free Map: 50×50 Square Caverns

Time for a free map! I love drawing maps by hand for Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy TTRPG adventures. I have far too many, so I like to give away my maps whenever I can. This map comes with a grid and can be used for face-to-face games or Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, or Foundry!Continue reading “Free Map: 50×50 Square Caverns”

Maps for Fantasy RPGs 3 is now available for sale on DrivethruRPG!

Laidback DM’s Maps for Fantasy RPGs 3 is a collection of 20 hand-drawn, full color  maps (2 zip files, totaling 100 digital image files, in CMYK Print format, RGB Screen format, full size A3 & A4  grid and grid-less and grid-less VTT size). These maps come with a limited commercial license allowing you, the purchaser, to use them royalty-free in yourContinue reading “Maps for Fantasy RPGs 3 is now available for sale on DrivethruRPG!”

Free Map: Rushed Dungeon

Time for a free map! I love drawing maps by hand for Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy TTRPG adventures. I have far too many, so I like to give away my maps whenever I can. This map comes with a grid and can be used for face-to-face games or Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, or Foundry!Continue reading “Free Map: Rushed Dungeon”

Free Map: Middle Class Merchant

Time for a free map! I love drawing maps by hand for Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy TTRPG adventures. I have far too many, so I like to give away my maps whenever I can. This map is grid-less, is 1750 x 1750 pixels (25 x 25 squares) and is perfect for use inContinue reading “Free Map: Middle Class Merchant”

Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 27-28

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017. It was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s the follow up campaign – 2018’s ‘Tomb of Annihilation’. We used experienceContinue reading “Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 27-28”

Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 23-25

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017. It was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s the follow up campaign – 2018’s ‘Tomb of Annihilation’. We used experienceContinue reading “Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 23-25”

Mixed Metaphors. A poem.

My senses crucifiedMy weary soulYour goal To tear me downLike posts atA football riotTo pierce my veins And brainAnd heartAnd leave meWallowingA fish withoutA sea or coastSo I might Lose all sightThe blind amongstThe blindWandering NonsensicallyOn a whimOr on a breezeListing aimlesslyInto the bayWhere this boyWill rest At piersAnnoyedAnd anxiousAnother toyFor you to Cast asideIntoContinue reading “Mixed Metaphors. A poem.”

Visitor. A poem.

You thought you’d drop round and visit meBringing clouds and miseryTo rain upon my weary doorAnd highlight my bleak historyYou thought you’d walk here by my sideAnd plum the depths, right here insideTo cast a shadow over meTo drown me in the deepening tideA visitor, that comes and goesThat wracks my thoughts with heady blowsAndContinue reading “Visitor. A poem.”

Shotglass Rounds #8-10 now Available on DrivethruRPG!

SHOTGLASS ROUNDS are PDF-only One-Shots for 5e – they’re flexible, convenient, exciting adventures in a compact package that won’t have DMs spending hours preparing for their next game session. Each One-Shot is designed for a 4-5 hour game and includes cool art, two new monsters, two new magic items, and full-size grid and grid-less maps. The latest Rounds include threeContinue reading “Shotglass Rounds #8-10 now Available on DrivethruRPG!”

Aftertaste. A poem.

You were here, then goneA muse for just a while A bittersweet, infuriatingAftertaste That lingers on my tongueAnd in my thoughts And linesA subtle conclusion To remonstrate And redefine An acidic fingertipDipped in inkBurning tattooed linesIn heart and skinIn remembrance Bygones be bygonesA dear song, loved longMy bittersweetInfuriatingAftertasteYou linger on For more poetry, click here.