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Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Intro

For the last year I’ve been running a Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1e) campaign running through the classic “The Enemy Within” series (with a little bit added or subtracted here and there).

We play almost every second week, and are almost 30 sessions into the campaign now (and our math indicates we’re looking at another 46 sessions to get to the end).

Some time (18 months?) ago, Cubicle 7 had the full Warhammer FRP 2e collection up on Humble Bundle, and it came with the 1e rulebook too. And they announced that they would be releasing the Enemy Within in PDF also. Excited by the chance to pick them up, I decided I would run it finally (after being part of a botched playthrough once as a player). So I started shopping around online and somehow now I have just about the whole 1e collection in print.

One thing with the Enemy Within – it is a pretty open-ended campaign where the players can easily “go off the rails” and stop running through the campaign as written and run off and do their own things instead. This is something I love as a GM – but I also really want to run the campaign in its entirety. So that was the deal when I put out the call for players. We would be playing WHFRP1e as written, and we would try to keep things on track to stick to the adventures in order to play through them all.

With that social contract in place, we’ve only had one occasion where we’ve actually had to stop play for me to tell the group that I love their plan, and I would run with it and have a great time, but it would mean ditching the adventures as written and moving into running whatever the party gets into at that point. So the party took it as a “if we lose now, we know that we really survived this already with our main plan”, and then metagamed a few ideas as to why they would stick it out instead of skipping town that night. A few other times we had a bit of metagaming regarding their next step (I’ve never had such a hard time getting a group to take a free vehicle to segue into the next adventure!)

I’ve been taking a lot of notes during the progress of the campaign, and instead of keeping them locked away for the players and I to read, I figured I would start posting the game reports here to the blog. The actual play reports the players get are also stuffed full of maps and illustrations from the adventures we are playing, but those are all copyright by their respective owners, so they won’t be appearing in the blog formatted play reports.

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

Return to Dyson’s Delve!

It’s been almost nine years since Dyson’s Delve was released piecemeal on this blog. I labeled it my “mini mega dungeon” – an eleven level dungeon where each level’s map fit nicely within my small graph paper pad (nothing over 17 x 17 squares in total area).

There were a few places where I stretched the standard adventure design parameters a bit (while treasure is within the bounds of the treasure type tables of the game, they are significantly weighted towards the rich end of play in order to provide the XP needed for a party to level up at a rate of roughly 1 character level per 2 dungeon levels completed).

Over those nine years my cartography has seen a slight improvement and I’ve been redrawing the various levels of the Delve this year and posting them here two at a time.

Towards the end of this month, I’ll be posting the last three levels of the Delve’s new maps, as well as a never-before-posted map of the surface area where the delve is located.

What I’m doing right now though is collecting all those maps and redoing the layout of the adventure into a coherent whole to be reissued as this month’s Patreon-Exclusive release. Aside from the new surface area there will be a minimum of changes from the original adventure. I’m adding some development notes, and I’m working on a two-page appendix for running it using the most current edition of D&D – but the heart of this is still an 11-level B/X D&D dungeon adventure designed to take characters from level 1 to 6.

All patrons of the Patreon Campaign will receive a free PDF of this exclusive reissue – and it will remain exclusive to patrons for roughly a year before it becomes a commercial release.


(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

Strange Adventures Volume One (Kids on Bikes)

Strange Adventures Volume One est un recueil de sites et d’aventures pour Kids On Bikes. Il s’ouvre sur 7 pages alignant titres, crédits, sommaire, illustrations et introduction des auteurs du jeu présentant les modules qui suivent.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)

Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide Perspective Map

When I got a copy of the Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide some 33 years ago, it was a flood of information, rules I would consistently ignore, scraps about the underdark for the first time since the D series of adventures…

And a collection of pages at the back on drawing perspective-based maps. Not the isometric (axonometric) projections of Castle Ravenloft, but grids set at various perspectives and rotations along with instructions on photocopying and cutting them up, or tracing them in order to draw multi-tiered maps of some of the larger spaces in the underdark.

33 years later, I finally did it.

I ended up choosing a grid that looks a lot like an isometric projection instead of a perspective piece, and following the directions for tracing the grid for a section, then moving the grid and tracing the next section produces very… vertical separations between elevations.

Dungeoneer Survival Guide Projection 1Dungeoneer Survival Guide Projection 1

The end result is a multi-tiered open space to explore – a large uneven “cave” (that has definitely been modified by the residents over the ages) with ramps and stairs between sections.

I’m definitely going to take another shot at this using a grid that has a stronger perspective and probably a smaller space to try to make something more like a traditional cavern. But I’m spectacularly happy with this piece, and glad that I finally drew it after 33 years of “planning to draw it”.


The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

The Half-Cask Tavern

The Half-Cask Tavern

Up near the docks, between the Clinkers district and the docks themselves is the Half-Cask. In an area known for its inns and taverns, the Half-Cask presents a very traditional “drinking hall” environment, making it popular with locals and travellers alike.

The Half-Cask TavernThe Half-Cask Tavern

The Half-Cask is a friendly single-story tavern / drinking hall of fairly traditional design.  Stone foundations and lower walls are topped with raw timber walls and a heather-thatched roof. Operating without a “bar” per se, clients order drinks (and sometimes food) from the staff who work the room.

The owner, Amina Donisi, tells many tall tales of adventures, distant lands, strange islands, and improbable monsters. These aren’t actually her own experiences, as she has never been more than a few hours outside of the city – but are amalgamations of stories told by other visitors & clients of the establishment.

The Half-Cask Tavern (no grid)The Half-Cask Tavern (no grid)

The main entrances to the Half-Cask are on the north side of the structure, as far as possible from the fireplace. In the winter, the south door is usually blocked to prevent people from coming in there so the main room remains nice and warm in front of the roaring fireplace.


This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 amazingly generous people have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make these maps free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under this commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

Creative Commons LicenseCartography by Dyson Logos is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

We Be Heroes ? (Pathfinder – Golarion)

Cet ouvrage, distribué à l’occasion du Free RPG Day 2019, est la suite d’une série d’ouvrages de cet éditeur publiés pour les éditions précédentes du Free RPG Day qui ont tous la particularité de proposer de jouer des gobelins. Mais cette fois-ci, plutôt que les gobelins plutôt sournois et méchants des aventures précédentes, les joueurs vont incarner des représentants de ce peuple plus destinés à devenir des héros. Ce scénario utilise les règles de la version Playtest de la deuxième édition du jeu.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)

Raiders of the Lost Bark (D&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Cinquième Edition – D&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition)

Raiders of the Lost Bark est un scénario pour Dungeons & Doggies, un produit compatible D&D5. Il a été distribué dans le cadre du Free RPG Day 2019. Dungeons & Doggies est le premier né de la gamme Animal Aventures, une série de figurines de héros animaux financés via Kickstarter, accompagnés d’un supplément numérique fournissant les règles pour jouer l’espèce animale concernée avec les règles du SRD5.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)

Adventure Story Game (The)

Studio 9 PublishingTreasures & Traps. Il y avait le jeu de cartes, voilà la version pour faire du jeu de rôle.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)

[Patreon Exclusive] The Twelve Goats Tavern

This month’s Patreon Exclusive is a single-page recto-verso page detailing the Twelve Goats Tavern. It is pretty system-neutral fantasy RPG material although tied in with one of my favourite adventure modules – the Isle of Dread.

The floorplan of the tavern was released on the blog in May. This adds a new side view illustration of the tavern, as well as more detailed description of the owners / employees, location, and a sample menu.

As with all the Patreon Exclusive releases, this is a thank you for supporting my Patreon campaign. Patrons of the blog at any patronage level can download it from the Patreon campaign site.

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

[Daily Drawings] Week of June 23rd

Like last week, my goal is to try to draw something every day. Also, like last week, I fell way behind that target.

This piece was an attempt to emulate the ribbons / cloth strips from the Apparition illustration by Russ in the classic Fiend Folio. The third eye came out a little stronger than I wanted, but I’m overall pretty happy with this piece.

This is a side view of a map I posted in May (the Twelve Goats Tavern) inspired by the WHFRP building illustrations in their classic adventures. It came through loud and clear and will be the title piece for this month’s Patreon-Exclusive release.

And finally, we have a chubby dragon.

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)


Le studio Deadcrow a lancé sa souscription pour la traduction de la nouvelle, et septième, édition de RuneQuestAventures dans Glorantha. Glorantha, développé par Greg Stafford depuis 1966, puise ses influences dans l’âge du bronze et d’autres cultures et mythologies antiques. C’est un monde épique où se côtoient dieux et mortels, mythes et cultes, esprits et élémentaires, monstres et héros. La magie baigne chaque élément existant et les liens unissant tribu, clan et famille sont tout aussi importants que les relations qu’entretiennent les mortels avec les divinités qu’ils vénèrent. Au-delà des dieux et des esprits, les Runes font et définissent la réalité. Ceux qui parviennent à les maîtriser peuvent façonner le monde.
Le système de jeu de Runequest Glorantha repose sur le Basic Role Playing de Chaosium, créé pour lui et utilisé depuis plus de quarante ans sur des jeux tels que Stormbringer, Hawkmoon et L’Appel de Cthulhu.
Un personnage de Runequest Glorantha est également défini par ses Passions (des loyautés, amitiés, amours, peurs et haines) qui influencent grandement son comportement. En outre, chaque aventurier possède des affinités particulières avec les Runes, les puissances magiques qui régissent l’univers. Un personnage pourra, au cours du jeu, faire régulièrement appel à ses Passions et à ses affinités magiques pour se transcender et accomplir des actes héroïques dont sont incapables les simples mortels !
Cette édition française aura un coffret exclusif illustré par le dessinateur Joann Sfar.
La souscription court jusqu’au 27 juillet 2019 et vise un objectif (déjà atteint) de 15.000€. La livraison des ouvrages physiques devrait être assumée d’ici l’été 2020. Les différentes contreparties sont :

  • 25 € : Le livre de base au format PDF ;
  • 55 € : Livre de base au format papier et PDF ;
  • 125 € : Livre de Base, Bestiaire, Kit de la Meneuse dans un coffret, les PDF ;
  • 200€ : Livre de base collector, Bestiaire collector, Kit de la Meneuse dans un coffret, les PDF.
Deux offres boutiques, pour le livre de base ou le coffret, sont aussi disponibles, ainsi que de nombreuses options dont une version française du Glorantha Sourcebook
Pour plus de renseignements et pour participer à la souscription : la page du financement participatif sur GAMEON Tabletop.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)

Kit du maître de jeu (Star Trek Adventures)

L’écran est illustré d’une bataille de vaisseaux côté joueurs. Côté meneur, sur le premier pan, se trouvent les tables de difficultés, de résolution d’actions en opposition, des règles d’impulsion, d’amélioration des chances, d’utilisation de la détermination et la table de marge de complication. Le panneau central rappelle les règles d’actions lors des conflits, d’attaque, de dépense d’impulsion au combat et de blessures. Le troisème pan rappelle les effets des dégâts, les règles de PNJ et le tableau des armes.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)

Return to Dyson’s Delve – Levels 1 & 2

More than my Geomorphs (which I’ve been recently revisiting), this blog’s breakthrough into the OSR was with Dyson’s Delve which I released level-by-level from October 2010 through to the last day of the year.

An 11-level “mini mega dungeon”, Dyson’s Delve was designed to give a small megadungeon experience and to advance characters that played it at a rate that would start them at level 1 and culminate the adventure at level 6.

You can see the genesis of my map style in these maps (much like the geomorph maps which came out around the same time).

But times have changed – it’s been nearly a decade and my style has evolved a bit over the intervening years. Here are the first two levels of the classic mini-mega-dungeon at 1200 dpi in my new style as seen in the new D&D hardcover adventure, Ghosts of Saltmarsh.

Dyson's Delve 2019 - Level 1Dyson’s Delve 2019 – Level 1

Over the next few months I’ll be posting all 11 levels of Dyson’s Delve in this redrawn format – and then once they’ve all been posted I’ll reformat the whole Dyson’s Delve experience using the new maps and some of my own illustrations and release it as an exclusive release for all supporters of the Patreon campaign.

Dyson's Delve 2019 - Level 2Dyson’s Delve 2019 – Level 2


The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

Temple des Douze (Le) (Starfinder)

Le Temple des Douze (Temple of the Twelve) est le second volet de la campagne Soleils Morts (Dead Suns). Il est prévu pour des personnages de niveau 3. Au terme de l’aventure les personnages devraient atteindre le niveau 5….

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)

Neoclassical Geek Bundle!

Right now over on the Bundle of Holding there’s a huge pile of NeoClassical Geek Revival awesomeness at a ridiculous price. The core “Dyson Illustrated” NGR PDF normally costs $10.50, and the starter collection here is only $7.95 (with the rule book, three adventures, and two supplements) and the adventures are generally dual statted for NGR and classic D&D.

Grab the NGR Bundle at Bundle of Holding now, there’s only 2 days left in this deal!

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

Quikstart Rules and Adventure (John Carter of Mars)

John Carter of Mars – Quickstart Rules and Adventure propose de découvrir l’univers et les règles de résolution du jeu et de les mettre en place dans un scénario d’introduction.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)

John Carter of Mars (John Carter of Mars)

Le Core Rulebook de John Carter of Mars – Adventures on the Dying World of Baarsoom, offre tous les éléments nécessaires pour jouer dans cet univers. Il s’ouvre sur sa seconde de couverture avec une carte de l’hémisphère nord de Barsoom (2 pages), l’hémisphère sud fermant l’ouvrage.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)

7e Mer : Concours de Scénario

Dans le cadre de la campagne de financement des suppléments L’Empire du Croissant et Le Nouveau Monde, le studio Agate propose à sa communauté un concours de scénarios dont le gagnant verra sa création intégrée à la version française du jeu. Ce concours est ouvert à toute personne participant à la souscription L’Empire du Croissant & Le Nouveau Monde. Un scénario peut être présenté par un groupe de personnes ou par un auteur seul. Le lauréat sera rémunéré avec un forfait de 500€ brut. La taille finale du scénario devra être d’environ 50 000 caractères espaces compris.
Pour participer, les participants devront envoyer avant le lundi 20 mai à 22h un résumé de 3000 caractères (environ une page word) de l’aventure qu’ils ont en tête.
Les cinq meilleurs scénarios seront envoyés à Chaosium et John Wick qui sélectionneront le lauréat de ce concours. L’auteur du scénario travaillera en relation avec le coordinateur de la gamme en France jusqu’à aboutir à la version finale.
Les détails du concours et l’adresse de contact sont sur la page de la souscription en cours.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)

Kat Kruger

Elle a découvert le JdR lors d’une convention, au moment de la sortie de D&D5. Depuis elle fait des podcasts de parties réelles et écrit des aventures de D&D5, comme par exemple X Marks the Spot.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)

More Geomorphic Dungeons – with Dice!

TL;DR: Four new geomorphs in a flashback to a decade ago, and the DungeonMorph Dice Kickstarter is going strong and moving in on $10k of the $15k target!

It is always kind of exciting being involved in a Kickstarter as it goes live. And this one is a great reminder of when I first started working on maps for the blog. It is refreshing to go back to my classic geomorph concepts and start drawing new ones again.

Doubly so knowing that they will be translated onto dice as we move forward! Joe over at Inkwell Ideas is Kickstarting 3 new sets of DungeonMorph Dice and I’m developing designs so we’ll have a Dyson map on every die in the set.

2019 Inkwell Geomorph Set 22019 Inkwell Geomorph Set 2

This set of 4 are (clockwise from upper left):

  • Barracks Dungeon Geomorph – The main feature here is a barracks room with two attached latrines and a commander’s office and quarters adjacent to it.
  • Tombs and Crypts Geomorph – Reminiscent of my Spiral Crypt design that was used in the Shadows of Forgotten Kings adventure, but much more compact.
  • Water Feature Cavern Geomorph – linking dungeons to caverns, we have a small oddly shaped lake that is used as a well and water storage in the dungeon section, and perhaps a shrine in the area to the southeast.
  • Large Cavern Geomorph – A larger cave to explore, with a few raised and lowered sections to it.


The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)

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