Saturday, October 10, 2020

Giveaway: A Copy of Hunters in Death

 
How would you like to get a copy of Hunters in Death?

Well Matt Jackson ordered two copies and said to give the other one away. So let's do that. 

Just comment below or in any of my social media posts about the giveaway to enter. Maybe thank Matt for the idea.

I ship worldwide so anyone can enter.

I'll pick a winner tomorrow night, 8pm Eastern time. 

Good luck and enjoy the day. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Game Store Finds: Zine Artifacts

I rarely go out these days, and even rarer do I go to the gaming stores. But yesterday I felt the need to go for a drive and I ended up 35 minutes away at a gaming store I visit a couple times a year. About half the time I go they have a small selection of older gaming items. I scored yesterday. I grabbed all of it except for two 2nd ed. GM screens. 

A Forgotten Realms map? I know I have one or two copies of it, but for a buck! Hell yeah I am getting it.
I'd forgotten how large the map is. It's as tall as Ivy. She tried to stand on her tip-toes and act like she was a giant, but she was still shorter.
I wasn't expecting to find zine artifacts! What!?!? I don't have a lot of knowledge of past zines so I did a little research. It looks like Griffon Magazine had a six issue run that ran from May 1988 to January 1990.
It looks like I know have issues #4 and #5. I haven't had a chance to look through them other than a flip through. The font is tiny, but surprisingly legible. 
Then this zine sized gem, Bounty Hunters Handbook. It looks to be from the same folks who did Griffon Magazine. This one looks to use similar format also. I was psyched to find these in the store. Completely unexpected.
Another old time magazine. I've never owned a copy of Polyhedron. Unfortunately this one was kind of jacked up. Someone carelessly jammed it into a tight protective sleeve and the back pages were ripped. 
It was tight because there were two other items inside. Silver Griffin (seems to be a theme forming) was the NRPA newszine. Never saw a copy before. 
I have a lot JG from back in the day, but I don't think I owned this one. Either way for $3 why not. It's in good condition. I have a special fondness for this adventure because my friend Rob Conley updated it for Goodman Games. Which happened long enough ago that it would be considered a relic. 
I know I have a copy of this, but I decided to grab it for an extra.
I didn't know what this one was. No title. Just knew it was Forgotten Realms. It's for a region called The Great Glacier. I know I don't have that one. Now I need to find the rest of it.
Not a bad run at the gaming store. I think my total was $22.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Artist Spotlight: Denis McCarthy

 

I've featured Denis's work in my own adventures several times, including the fantastic cover for issue #9 of The Manor, picture above. His work can be found in nearly a 100 publications on DriveThruRPG, including several issues of Gabor Lux's Echoes from Fomulhaut and Castle Xyntillan, Erik Tenka'r's Swords & Wizardy Continual Light ruleset, Greg Saunders's Warlock products, and John M Stater's Blood & Treasure. That's just a few.

His artwork has the look and feel of the old-school aesthetic I love to see. In short, he draws fun pictures. And the reason hos work is found in so many places. 

He's got a fantastic range of work, but I think what he does best is capture the personality of the characters he draws. I've used this bartender several times because he now become "when I imagine what my bartender looks like" model. I use a lot of Denis's portraits for my NPCs. 
Does he do monsters? Check. He's got a variety of beasties on his digital store. 

Dungeon scenes. Check.
Random items and minutia. Check. 

You can get a lot of pieces from Denis on a budget. His prices range from $1.49 to $5. One of the products I'd like to point you to is his Stock Fantasy Character Art 2. You get a dozen images of adventures/NPCs at your disposal for only $4.99. 

Denis is always creating. He has a Patreon I've pledge to since the beginning and he's always got something great going on there. Below are the links where you can find more information about Denis and his fantastic artwork. Please consider backing his Patreon or pursuing his work on DriveThruRPG. 

Oh, and did I mention, he's probably one of the nicest people you'll meet. I've only had great experiences when I work with Denis.