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Lately, I've been sprucing up the Calific office, hanging things that inspire me. One of my favorite haunted ruins from yesteryear is Ju...

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Russ Nicholson has put up a new post where he relates some of the events from the Mon du Jeu convention that recently happened in Paris. He...

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This is my final take on the Otyugh Trough . I like this version the best. I've totally lost the contemporary "over-Photoshoppe...

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I'm not one for the "dungeon tile" look championed by producers of the 3E/4E eras, nor am I down with "excessive Photosho...

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Russ Nicholson put up a nice post on his blog yesterday that mentioned an email exchange we had recently. In addition to being uproariously...

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Deep within the bowels of the City of Splendor , in the sub-sewers beneath the Domain of the Demon Rats, is the Otyugh Trough. So named beca...

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Welcome to the new look of the blog. Check out the killer picture by Russ Nicholson . I love the detail in this image. Just look at those al...

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I can't seem to stick with any particular set of rules for very long. The current campaign started out with OD&D, got house ruled, a...

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I'm swamped with writing tasks at the moment, so here's another old map from the pile. This one is a medieval Russian fantasy map of...

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Copyright © 2010, Ramsey Dow. All Rights Reserved. Here's a map I drew maybe eighteen years ago. It's the tower of an old spell ca...

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Insert obligatory Vecna joke here… (From a post on Boing Boing .)

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Jim Raggi mailed out comp copies of his new RPG earlier this week and they have begun to land. A gamer in Scotland received a copy and poste...

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I know I've been M.I.A. for a while now. During my time away from the blog I've been busy doing maps for James Raggi's new Weird...

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We were fugitives to a man, escaped slaves. While crossing the eastern Aurora Badlands our caravan had the misfortune of disturbing a large ...

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I haven't abandoned this blog, I've just been inordinately busy as of late: I bought a new house. Z and I got moved in and squared...

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Now this is what I'm talking about. Awesome! Update: Joesky has posted Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3 of his key to the Forgotten Ch...

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A series of crumbling chambers, lost deep beneath the surface, awaiting your key. This will be the last map for a while, as I need to get...

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There's no interesting history for today's map. It's simply the result of a five-minute doodle I made the other day. (Isn't ...

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Deep beneath the Citadel of the Sorcerer-King, in dungeons long forgotten, lies the Temple of the Ratgod. Sequestered behind hidden doors ar...

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At long last you have found a means to access the lower levels! The secret door opens upon a great hall, its floor comprised of broad steps ...

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It's been a while since I posted a map. Blame Gary Con II. In any case, I've got a huge mapping project ahead of me and I'm stil...

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After TSR , Gary Gygax created Dangerous Journeys . As a system, Dangerous Journeys addressed many issues with AD&D . Whereas AD&D&...

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While sitting around waiting for a Gamma World game to materialize, Frank Mentzer asked if I'd like to check out a game. Now I'm a...

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Saturday night was the highlight of Gary Con II for me. Z and I got to sit at Jim Ward 's table for a game of Metamorphosis Alpha . In ...

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Gary Con II is over and I had a lot of fun. People are starting to post pictures of the con. Instead of posting the same sorts of pictures ...

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The latest issue of Fight On! is upon us. I'm pleased to report that it contains an adventure by yours truly. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek ...

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I'm still futzing around with Holmes YX . This time I am considering wholesale changes to several areas, including armor & armor cla...

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Sometimes what you are not influenced by is interesting. I've long been a fan of weird fiction, but in creating Yezmyr I have purposeful...

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What's the first thing the thief wants to do after having his mind propelled 23,000,000 years into the future? Precisely.

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One year ago today six of us got together and started the World of Yezmyr D&D campaign. Back then the crew set out to explore the for...

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Every session I run with my crew reminds me of why I largely gave up computer gaming. Computer games lack the uproarious levity of a roomful...

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I was in an experimental mood this evening and decided to try out some new techniques. I'm not sold on them, but I had fun—and I think t...

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More loving derision from our friends at Something Awful : WTF, D&D?! - The Original Dungeons & Dragons . Go read it. Love it.

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Copyright © 2010, Ramsey Dow. All Rights Reserved. Today, I present a partial cross-section of Ziqquratu Ziyaret . This map depicts the lo...

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Here's my take on that famous British WWII poster :

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A part of the excitement of Holmes YX is that the magic isn't Vancian any more. In Yezmyr sorcerers don't use spell books. The very ...

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Copyright © 2010, Ramsey Dow. All Rights Reserved.   The western part of the Pillar of Shagraath is dominated by the dusty Plains of Sah...

I was rereading Metamorphosis Alpha the other day (the 1976 version, in case you were wondering) and I came across a little table in the &q...

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I'm slammed writing at the moment, so forgive the quick post this morning. I'll try and wrangle up some longer content soon. In the ...

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I'm channeling some sort of mutant combination of Richard Corben and Vaughn Bodé today… Out in the Aurora Badlands, beyond the safe...

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My gaming group has been playing OD&D for the past year. The experience has been fun, but not as cohesive as I desire. As a DM I've ...

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This is one of those "flogging a dead horse" topics, but I want to write something about it regardless. It's no secret that I ...

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I'm back with a short opinion piece. I'm hard at work on "the project," which I'll discuss sometime in the future. In ...

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Copyright © 2009, Ramsey Dow. All Rights Reserved. Known as "The Eyes of Achlatea," this medallion is worn by the priests of the...

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I'm swamped writing, so this is a simple post. I drew this map several months ago. For various reasons I dropped the project it was asso...

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While we were walking around downtown Seattle this weekend, Z took this photo: Got too many elves? No problem!

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Copyright © 2010, Ramsey Dow. All Rights Reserved. This is the third and final post in which I detail the languages I use in the World of ...

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Copyright © 2010, Ramsey Dow. All Rights Reserved. This is the second post of three in which I detail the languages I use in the World of ...

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Copyright © 2010, Ramsey Dow. All Rights Reserved. The World of Yezmyr is one of many tongues, both living and dead. This is the first pos...