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Dyson Logos
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That guy, you know, with the maps!
That guy, you know, with the maps!

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Greetings Googlers!

I'm Dyson Logos. I mostly draw maps. My maps have appeared in a gross or more of RPG publications over the years. I'd like to do a lot more writing and other stuff, but the reality is that my cartography takes up most of my time and is my primary income source. Google+ is my primary social media feed - where I do almost all my posting and interaction.

99.5% of my posts on social media are put out entirely public. This means if you circle me, you'll get my entire feed without me circling you back. If your comments provoke my interest, I'll look you up and add you to my "on trial" circle at some point.

90% of my posts are RPG material, with somewhat over half of those being cartographic in nature (usually my works in progress and completed works). The remaining 10% are usually jokes and things found around the web aimed at various people in the RPG community - primarily in the OSR community.

Oh, and Googly Eyes. I have a googly eye obsession, particularly when paired with RPG material.

I have strong social and personal beliefs and occasionally that bleeds into "political" statements (often involving things that I don't feel are political but are instead just common sense truths but that I've been told are actually not). 

Since most of my posts are public, please feel free to reshare anything I've posted without having to ask me first (well, as long as you are using a technology that gives me credit for the post in the first place - so resharing here or onto other social media platforms is fine - resharing by copying/pasting to your blog may require that you actually throw in a small credit or something).

Other places where you can follow me:

Dyson's Dodecahedron (blog, less in progress works, no social)
https://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/

Dyson Logos on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/TheDysonLogos

Dyson's Dodecahedron on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/DysonsDodecahedron

Dyson Logos on Twitter - @DysonLogos
https://twitter.com/DysonLogos

Dyson Logos on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/dysonlogos/

Dyson Logos on MeWe
https://mewe.com/i/dysonlogos

Finally, I partake of the "Hipster Welfare" system that is Patreon. This is how I make ends meet around the house, pay my bills, rent, food, etc.

Dyson Logos on Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/dysonlogos

You can also buy my digital works on OneBookShelf
http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/5503/ZERObarrier

And my books on Lulu
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/dysonlogos
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I don't often redraw old maps, but this particular region has been home to three of my campaigns in the last 10 years (B/X D&D, Advanced Labyrinth Lord, D&D3.5), so I thought I should give it a redraw to upgrade from the 7 year old notebook drawing I had of it.
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Maps, Games & Whisky.

And in this case, diabetes in a liquor bottle.
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“You have in your possession a sword and a shield together with a rucksack containing provisions (food and drink) for the trip. You have been preparing for your quest by training yourself in swordplay and exercising vigorously to buildup your stamina.”

The very mountain is menacing – it seems to have been savaged by the claws of a massive beast. Not an actual volcano, the top of the mountain is covered in strange red vegetation that gives it its name.

This is the setting of the first of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone – The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. I got a copy of this book some time in 1982 and fell in love with the rich detailed illustrations of Russ Nicholson throughout and the mix of RPG game elements into a choose your own adventure book.

Through dozens of playthroughs, I only actually finished the adventure once – I even have an instinctive routing through the dungeons following the right-hand path to the bridge over the river – but I have thoroughly explored the passages and rooms leading up to that river. It was on the other side of the underground river that my adventures routinely went wrong.

Last month, I finally sat down with the old tattered book and gave it another run – this time marking every choice, every room, and every passage. It took me a day to complete this map of the southern half of the dungeons – everything up to the underground river.

Now I just need to map the chambers on the other side, and the maze between them and the warlock himself…

https://dysonlogos.blog/2019/01/21/firetop-mountain/
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Illustration from the 1877 book "Chaucer for Children. A golden key."
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Work in Progress: Vault of the Blue Golem

An ancient facility where the strange glowing blue golem returns every 10 days and remains for roughly 6-9 months before returning to walk the lands seemingly at random.
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Raised by a talented Wizard-Noble of old Phalorm, the Seven Spires is a small ornate castle made of seven overlapping towers set on the edge of the Neverwinter woods.

The small castle was used officially as a research space for the wizard-noble, but also served as an escape from court politics in the young war-based nation of Phalorm, and as a watch point over the growing orc menace in the region. Being fairly close to the settlement of Neverwinter, ties were maintained with that growing settlement and information about the movement of the orcs was exchanged.

The Seven Spires were unfortunately built on a dirt plain where bedrock was too deep to dig down to. In time this means the spires are doomed to slow collapse as the weight of the towers presses down and outwards on the foundations.

Whether or not Phalorm survives the orc hordes it was meant to defy (it doesn't, the orcs destroy it less than a century after it was founded), there is only so much time before the years will do the orcs' work for them and the towers begin to collapse upon themselves. Less than 900 years later, the seven spires will look more like a jagged collection of broken teeth than the castle as shown here.

https://dysonlogos.blog/2019/01/17/the-seven-spires/
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Illustration of Richard III at Bosworth from the 1884 book "British Battles on Land and Sea".
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There are times where signing my maps might be redundant.
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Home to the elven bandit Illsong and their dozen-or-so fellows, the Hollowstone camp sits atop (and cuts into) a small rocky promontory in the False Loch Woods.

HollowStone is slowly developing into a small fortress. If Illsong remains untroubled in their occasional banditry and adventuring pursuits, HollowStone will gradually be built up into a potent little keep with its shadow extending over much of the False Loch and perhaps into the bordering principalities.

For now through, the camp is a mix of magically-cut passages through the natural stone paired with defenses built out of the tailings from the excavations and some “wall of stone” spells.

https://dysonlogos.blog/2019/01/14/hollowstone/
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