Maps for Fantasy RPGs 6 launches soon on Kickstarter!

To sign up to be notified on Day One: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/laidbackdm/maps-for-fantasy-rpgs-6-royalty-free-maps DMs and fantasy TTRPG designers always need maps, but they’re not always easy for people to make, especially if you want a particular hand drawn aesthetic that you can’t get with digital map making applications.  Maps can be expensive to commission, and when you’re aContinue reading “Maps for Fantasy RPGs 6 launches soon on Kickstarter!”

Free Map: Beach Dock

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. I drew this Beach Dock map for a home game a few weeks back. It’s grid-less and can beContinue reading “Free Map: Beach Dock”

DUUMHAVEN now available on DrivethruRPG!

DUUMHAVEN is the 11th adventure in the SHOTGLASS ROUNDS series! This adventure is compatible with both 5e, Old School Essentials (OSE) and OSR retro-clones based on Basic/Expert. It is the first SHOTGLASS ROUNDS adventure to include full OSE monster stats! DUUMHAVEN is a 70-page PDF that includes Duumhaven Valley and Village, a fully detailed wilderness and town setting, complete with NPCs, new monsters and side-missions, plus an adventure for 1st-Level CharactersContinue reading “DUUMHAVEN now available on DrivethruRPG!”

Out of the Abyss: Sessions 6-7

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017, and the ‘Tomb of Annihilation’ campaign from 2018. CoS was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s another campaign – 2020’sContinue reading “Out of the Abyss: Sessions 6-7”

Free Map: Small Fort

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, measures 1750×1750 pixels (perfectly sized for Roll20) and can be used for face-to-face games orContinue reading “Free Map: Small Fort”

Out of the Abyss: Sessions 4-5

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017, and the ‘Tomb of Annihilation’ campaign from 2018. CoS was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s another campaign – 2020’sContinue reading “Out of the Abyss: Sessions 4-5”

Out of the Abyss: Session 2-3

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017, and the ‘Tomb of Annihilation’ campaign from 2018. CoS was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s another campaign – 2020’sContinue reading “Out of the Abyss: Session 2-3”

Out of the Abyss: Session 0-1

Hi all, I previously posted some warts-and-all email summaries of the ‘Curse of Strahd’ campaign I ran in 2017, and the ‘Tomb of Annihilation’ campaign from 2018. CoS was the first campaign I sent summaries to players by email after each game (I was a bit lazy prior to that). Here’s another campaign – 2020’sContinue reading “Out of the Abyss: Session 0-1”

We Fly. A poem.

We fly in dreamsConjoined and collectedAt heights that mightCall lesser soulsTo vertigo Against windsOf time and tideChurn and changeWe soar and swoopLike angels on the wingAnd grasp and gropeIn the vainest of hopesThat we not loseOurselves to eternity (A deprivation endured:Unbearable, yet bearableEvinced and convincing)Let us fly freeUntil this mortal dreamSheds its final solemn tearAndContinue reading “We Fly. A poem.”

Again. A poem.

And just as quicklyAs we fanned the sparksAnd the flames lickedAnd careened across Our forms unsubtle The light expiredAs we doused the wickAnd thoughts heavyWith hyperboleAngst and fear And honestyFell on deafened earsOnce dear to meI turned awayI shouldered blameAnd dreamed of youJust one more timeAgain For more poetry, click here.

MAPS FOR FANTASY RPGs 4 & 5 Available at DrivethruRPG!

Hi all, Maps for Fantasy RPGs 4 & 5 Digital Maps Packages are now available on DrivethruRPG at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/13989/Laidback-DM/subcategory/31533_39605/Digital-Maps DMs and fantasy TTRPG designers always need maps, but they’re not always easy for people to make, especially if you want a particular hand drawn aesthetic that you can’t get with digital map making applications.  MapsContinue reading “MAPS FOR FANTASY RPGs 4 & 5 Available at DrivethruRPG!”

Free Map: Deep 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 Deep Caves map is to thank everyone who has supported my Duumhaven Kickstarter so far! You can findContinue reading “Free Map: Deep Caves”

Free Map: Steve’s First Old School Isometric Map!

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. And guess what? This is the FIRST EVER isometric map I’ve made, and I’m a bit proud of it.Continue reading “Free Map: Steve’s First Old School Isometric Map!”

Free Map: Underdark Side-Temple

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, perfectly sized for Roll20 and can be used for face-to-face games and Fantasy Grounds orContinue reading “Free Map: Underdark Side-Temple”

Kal-Zar’s Bane 4: Bane’s Requiem Available in Print and PDF!

SHOTGLASS ADVENTURES – Kal-Zar’s Bane 4: BANE’S REQUIEM is the sequel to the successful Shotglass Adventures: TITANOTHAE RISING Kickstarter and the final book in the Kal-Zar’s Bane Quadrilogy! Published under the OGL, compatible with 5e and easily-convertible to many OSR fantasy role playing games, SHOTGLASS ADVENTURES – Kal-Zar’s Bane 4: BANE’S REQUIEM is 154 pages of adventures that can be played as One-Shots or as the last module in a four-part campaign. What’s in theContinue reading “Kal-Zar’s Bane 4: Bane’s Requiem Available in Print and PDF!”

Beacon. A poem.

Here I lieAcross the miles from your ordered lifeFormally informal thoughtsAnd elegant surpriseBeauteous and wiseFettered ofttimesBy perspective and abstractionBut sharp, never dulledA knife keen and trueAnd like youI find myself longingTo be held and revealedIn such a forgiving lightWhose longing and fireA gleaming beaconShining from on highDesire to be matchedBy nothing less Than mine ForContinue reading “Beacon. A poem.”

Life in a Faded Moment Available in Print!

Hi all, My fourth book of poetry, Life in a Faded Moment, is now available in hardcover and PDF at Drivethrufiction! Life in a Faded Moment is a collection of poems for all your fated and faded moments – poems about Love, Sorrow, Anger, Death and Life. You can buy it at https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/396390/Life-in-a-Faded-Moment Cheers SteveContinue reading “Life in a Faded Moment Available in Print!”

Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 37-40 (Campaign’s End)

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 37-40 (Campaign’s End)”

Tomb of Annihilation: Weeks 34-36

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 34-36”

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”