SHOTGLASS ADVENTURES: ‘Lurkers’ & ‘The St. Avon’s Day Massacre’ are Available on DrivethruRPG!

SHOTGLASS ADVENTURES  rides again!    Lurkers  and The St. Avon’s Day Massacre  are the newest adventures in the popular Shotglass Adventures PDF One-Shot series!  Both are fully play-tested One-Page One-Shots for 5e and OSR systems for 3rd-4th level characters, including full stat blocks with both old and new 5e and OSR/1e monsters, plus grid and grid-less maps. And all for just $3 AU (about $2.00 US). You can find them at For more LaidbackContinue reading “SHOTGLASS ADVENTURES: ‘Lurkers’ & ‘The St. Avon’s Day Massacre’ are Available on DrivethruRPG!”

MAPS for Fantasy RPGs 7 is available on DrivethruRPG!

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 a small indie TTRPG game or product designer, your profit margin canContinue reading “MAPS for Fantasy RPGs 7 is available on DrivethruRPG!”

Laidback DM: Notes on the Creative Process

Hi all, I’ve been asked in the past about what creative process I use in developing adventures and TTRPG products. Here’s a shortened version of an article I originally wrote for my Shotglass Rounds #11: Duumhaven adventure (available on DrivethruRPG). Hopefully it answers some of your questions. Please note that my process can vary fromContinue reading “Laidback DM: Notes on the Creative Process”

Laidback DM: Running New TTRPGs

Everyone likes to try out a new TTRPG. New mechanics, new lore, new style of play – you name it, there’s a reason why you decided to buy that game and crack open the book or box. Here are a few suggestions to avoid issues when running your first new game session. Finally, don’t putContinue reading “Laidback DM: Running New TTRPGs”

‘Gates of Shun-Zin’ is Now Available on DrivethruRPG!

Available now on DrivethruRPG: GATES OF SHUN-ZIN is the 13th adventure in the SHOTGLASS ROUNDS series! This 64-page PDF adventure is compatible with 5e, Old School Essentials (OSE), OSR retro-clones based on Basic/Expert, and includes 5e and full OSE monster stats! GATES OF SHUN-ZIN is for 3rd-Level characters and can be played as a One-Shot or asContinue reading “‘Gates of Shun-Zin’ is Now Available on DrivethruRPG!”

The Goblin Jarl is Available on DrivethruRPG!

THE GOBLIN JARL is the 12th adventure in the SHOTGLASS ROUNDS series! This 66-page PDF adventure is compatible with both 5e, Old School Essentials (OSE) and OSR retro-clones based on Basic/Expert and includes 5e and full OSE monster stats! THE GOBLIN JARL is for 2nd-Level characters and can be played as a One-Shot or as the second adventureContinue reading “The Goblin Jarl is Available on DrivethruRPG!”

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!”

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”

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!”

It’s about time for a free Dungeon Map!

Time for another of my (currently) irregular Laidback DM posts, and a new free map! Map drawing for D&D adventures is my thang. I have far too many maps, so I’m giving them away every chance I get. This week: Border Keep! Reminiscent of the original Gary Gygax classic D&D Keep on the Borderlands castle,Continue reading “It’s about time for a free Dungeon Map!”

The Laidback DM #7 – Another Free Map!

I like to draw maps for D&D adventures. Often I have more maps then I know what to do with. So, I’m giving one away free on my blog each week. This week’s map is a Kobold and Demon lair. Whoa, you say? The game’s weakest creatures with some of the game’s toughest? If you’veContinue reading “The Laidback DM #7 – Another Free Map!”

The Laid Back DM #5 – Foiled again!

Trap tips for DMs of Dungeons and Dragons! Don’t let those player characters foil you again…

Fate Core System – Story telling table top role playing at its finest

I’ve been threatening to do a Fate Core review for some time now (it’s one of my Top 10 Favourite Role Playing Games), but you know how it is, so much to do and so little time… But today’s the day!

Top Ten Tabletop Role Playing Games

The top ten list of my current favourite tabletop RPGs…