08 October, 2017


The start of this month has gotten away from me. I've pencilled in some sketchs for Inktober, I've been off on a bushland retreat, I've been woorking on assignments.

Time to get back to Inktober properly.

06 October, 2017


I've been instructed by the local Aboriginal community, and by an Aboriginal elder in charge of Indigenous education policy in this state, that I have to finish my game Walkabout. I was given a few indicators of elements that might need to be altered, or at least carefully explained to avoid being problematic, but on the whole, the concept of an RPG exploring Aboriginal spirituality through stories and metaphor was considered exciting.

03 October, 2017

The Inktober works will come soon

I've combined the lists for Inktober 2017 and OSR Inktober to generate my list of inspirations. I did much the same thing last year, working my way through most of the lost before other projects got in the way.

Hopefully I'll get through all 31 this time.

02 October, 2017

A Good System Reference Document

D&D 3.0 and 3.5 had complex system resource documents which basically functioned as a non-illustrated, no-examples, fairly-stripped-back version of the rules. D&D 5.0 has a similar document floating around. I never really got into D&D 4, so I don't know if that edition had one. A few other games have system reference documents which function as a way to get third-party developers to create products that remain generally consistent with the rules released by the original publisher.

I'm starting the process of looking at various system resource documents, with the intention of creating my own SRD for the game system used in "The Law".

So, my questions are... what are the good SRDs around at the moment? What do you think makes a good SRD?

I have found John Kim's list of SRDs, but would be interested to hear people's thoughts on the matter.

#DIY30 #30

30. Share something cool you made if you can at all justify it as RPG related.

Last One.

With the Shonen Knife concert this week, and the production of an image to possibly get signed by one of my favourite bands, things have been thrown out of their regular schedule. This has been made even worse by other complications around the house, and generally not feeling well. As a result, this post is two days late.

One of the curious things I saw as I was doing research for this picture was the fact that on the Band's bio page, two of the members indicate that they enjoy playing games. No specification as to whether they lay board games, card games or RPGs...but the fact that they indicated game play on their biographical details was awesome in itself.

Still, I probably can't really justify this as an RPG related share.

Instead, I'll have to share the Vulpinoid Studios online store. I've got heaps of things for sale there, and some of it even sells occasionally. Visit it at RPGNow, I could do with a few more sales

30 September, 2017

#DIY30 #29

29. Goblins are great. Why or why not?

Silly question, of course they are.

Here's my Goblin Tarot... I wouldn't have created 78 images for just any old race...


29 September, 2017

Observing the Observations

This is one of those images that I look at every couple of weeks just to see if people are actually looking at the blog, and to see how much interest there is in the various topics I've covered over the years.

The other chart I look at shows which particular posts are getting the most views.
In the top 10 posts, seven are from my Map drawing tutorials. What's probably more surprising is the degree to which that number 1 post is ahead of the others, while the differences between posts 2 to 9 only steadily decrease. 

When I look at sources of traffic, recent months have seen a lot of Pinterest links, but a few other people's blogs have linked to me. So I'd like to offer a special thankyou to them, in no particular order.

Tabletop Diversions - John Yorio's blog which covers a range of topics across the gaming spectrum. 
Rab's Geekly Digest - which seems to foctus on miniatures and the warhammer range of games (rpg and otherwise) among other parts of the gaming hobby.
Stonewerks - AJ seems to have finished writing this blog in 2014, but for some reason it's still directing people my way. This blog seems to cover more in the way of geomorphs and mapping. 
The Dark Dungeon - an aggregator organised by Jaap de Goede, with over 2000 blogs on it, roughly half in English, and the majority of them game related in some way.
Blessings of the Dice Gods -  predominantly OSR related blog by Jeff Russell, where this blog is one of the "followed" blogs that isn't particularly OSR focused. 

(EDIT: How could I forget one of the biggest sources of taffic to my site for a few years now... the RPG Bloggers Network, who send a few hundred visitors each month in my direction.)