Sunday, 19 April 2015

Geomorph Map Contest Entry

I haven't drawn any geomorphs for ages, so a fun competition is a great way to get back in to the habit. Inkwell Ideas is a running a bi-weekly contest full detailsof which may be found here.

The theme of the first contest is Geomorphs with thrones. I've drawn one with four thrones called The Four Lords' Fight Club. It might appear as part of an adventure or larger map at some point in the future.

It started as a 10"x10" hand-drawn map using paper from one of my Battlepads so I could make use of the grid and texture. I then scanned it and added small details and used semi opaque fills to lighten and darken sections to help show the split floor levels.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A1 Pop Art Character Sheet Poster

Based on our redesign of the classic 1978 character sheet for the World's Most Popular Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This giant A1 poster (Pad of character sheets and PHB are shown in the photos for scale) looks great on a wall. Enjoy it blank, or immortalize one of your favourite characters on it. The posters are professionally printed on premium 170gsm Silk Art Paper. The paper is coated but may be written on with any Sharpie type permanent marker.

The posters cost £5 each + delivery. All posters will be sent rolled in a card mailing tube. Here's a link to the product page:

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A2 20mm Numbered Hex Sheets Out Now!

Large, individual sheets printed with numbered hexes. Ideal for creating campaign overview maps.
Very limited pre-Kickstarter print-run while stocks last.
  • A2 landscape sheet (594x420mm)
  • 4 or 10 sheets rolled and packed in a card tube
  • Printed with 20mm tall numbered hexes (33 columns of 20 hexes)
  • Premium 115gsm affiche paper with a smooth white matt finish

30 minute test map drawn with a fountain pen

Close-up of test map
A5, A4 and A2 sheets with 60cm rule for scale

Oubliette 9 Printed Edition

The smaller A6 format is quite a departure for Oubliette. Another change with the new issue is the move away from print-on-demand to a full print run. My instinct was to go down the DIY route. I already have a couple of home-printed zine format publications (Little Hexes and A5 Maps). However, with the added copies required for Mythoard the prospect of making around 300 copies myself was a little daunting.

I opted instead to have 1,000 copies printed. That's way more than I expect to use, but the price difference between 500 and 1,000 was so small that I'd rather have double what I think I need than run out.

The A6 size was selected as it allows me to post copies out at letter postage rates. The pages still have 250-300 words, which is about the same as some of the A5 zines out there. One advantage of having them printed professionally is that it allows me to use premium silk art paper. This is whiter and improves contrast, making the text crisper, and helping the art to really pop. Postage is the main enemy in the war on costs, but when it came to printing I went for the heaviest stock the printer offered that would still allow the finished item to fit through the tight 5mm letter thickness limit at the Post Office. The pages are 170gsm silk art paper and the cover is 300gsm silk art card. It only added about 10p to the cost price per issue over budget paper options, but it makes a big quality difference.

Another little trick I pulled was to print the OGL on an insert sheet, rather than use up 2 precious pages inside the zine. I printed it in small, light text on the back of some grid paper. That means the OGL is there, but every issue also gets an A5 sample sheet of my paper to try out. Every print copy I send out is posted in a board-backed envelope. The first batch went out yesterday, and should start arriving tomorrow. The second batch will go out this afternoon. After that I'll post orders same day if I receive them by 2pm. The link to order is in the launch post here:

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Oubliette Issue 9 Out Now!

Oubliette Issue 9 is now available to buy in PDF and in print.

The PDF costs just $1 until the end of April ($1.50 thereafter) from

Printed copies of the issue may be ordered using the Paypal button below. I've added options for 1,2 and 10 copies so you can grab a copy for a friend or friends. I'm also happy for retailers to pick up 10 copies for resale purposes. Print issues are also available from the Squarehex website and if you enter the code "oub9" you can get a FREE print copy of Issue 9 with any order over £5 in value.

A printed copy of Issue 9 will also be included in this month's Mythoard bundle, details of which can be found here:!blank/ctpu

Quantity and Delivery Options

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Oubliette Issue 9

After an almost 3 year hiatus, I'm pleased to announce that a new issue of Oubliette is just a week away from publication.

Issue 9 will be released on Sunday 12th April in both PDF and print versions. Whilst the new issue retains the characteristic look and feel of past issues, it is now in a smaller, A6 format. This means that the PDF is better suited to viewing on tablets, but more importantly, makes printed editions more viable.

The PDF edition will be available from at the launch price of $1.00 until the end of April, after that it will be $1.50. There is also a new bundle option for the 8 back issues of Oubliette which saves over a third on the total separate selling prices.

The printed edition of Oubliette Issue 9 will cost £1.50 plus postage. I will add paypal buttons to the blog here, and also add it the Squarehex site. As a bonus I will be releasing a code for a FREE print copy with any Squarehex order over £5.00.

A printed copy of Oubliette Issue 9 will also be included in the April Mythoard.
See:!blank/ctpu for details.

Here's a sneak peek of the cover and the contents of the new issue:

Issue 9 Contents:

  • Tales from Hell
  • Editorial
  • The Fella in the Cella
  • Book of Lost Spells
  • Found Familiar The Bat
  • These Boots Were Made for...
  • Monster Club #17 Titanoboa
  • Pool of the Titans
  • D20 Hit Point String Generator

Monday, 30 March 2015

A2 Numbered Hex Sheets

I've got a new supplier that can print large sheet sizes at reasonable prices. I'm going to start with a couple of short-run test prints to try them out, which I will run as pre-orders rather than Kickstarters. One of them will be an A2 mapping sheet. My plan is to have it printed with 14mm numbered hexes (I already have A4 sheets with these). The print run would be limited to 100 sheets which I'd sell at £1 each, 5 sheets for £4, or 10 sheets for £7. Those prices would include a card mailing tube, but postage would be extra.

Just wanted to check potential demand for such a sheet. I'm also very happy to listen to other suggestions for large A1 and A2 mapping sheets. If the pre-order works well then my next Kickstarter could involve printing several different sheets.