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Raven Daegmorgan
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Trying, just...trying. Every day.
Trying, just...trying. Every day.

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I'm changing up rules and such for our OSRish D&D game, and am tackling the old "Why use anything but a two-handed sword?" question. I've been staring at this too long to tell if I've completely missed something or overpowered something way too much...so if you see something, say something!

(Note: "But it isn't realistic" is not an error, it's a feature. Please leave such issues at the door. We're not trying to simulate warfare here. Just making things fun by changing stuff up with neat-and-useful options!)
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I'm changing up, or more accurately extending, my Patreon in hopes of attracting a larger audience. This is the first of the things in that direction: an RPG battlemap based on the valley from Keep On the Borderlands. Presenting: The Valley of Discord. (Because the Caves of Chaos...ahahahaha...ahem...)

This is a 72dpi grid version for on-line gaming. Patrons get access to a version without the grid and to a print quality version of both. Grab the freebie map here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/b2-battlemap-of-21396493
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So, I totally made a thing. We use this for our homebrew, but it is likely useful for other D&D-ish OSR-ish things. It isn't finished: still needs a couple boxes for modifiers we weren't using until now.

This is a low-res version. I have a higher-res version for printing, and an idea for a tri-fold version with pockets for holding all those notecards, and hex maps, and grid maps, and secret notes from the DM, and pictures of your mom, and so forth. I'm playing with the idea of a lightly colored version for improved visual parsing speed.

Also, a black version you have to write on with silver ink pens, or else undead spirits will appear and drag your soul down to torment in the infernal depths...plus you wouldn't be able to read it otherwise. Putting together a damned character sheet imbued with the powers of the underworld seems like a lot of work, though.
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I've been using B2: Keep on the Borderlands as the inspiration material for or last couple games. The Keep became an elven garden village, the wilderness became a marsh in which grew a rare healing herb the party needed, the caves -- or one of them, the players correctly hope -- became a back entryway to the orc stronghold above the river. The party's true goal.

I've tossed a bunch of it, however, because the Star Wars Cantina of caves from B2 doesn't fit the scenario. The goblins are there, the ogre is there, the orcs are there. The kobolds, too, but they're slaves of the orcs whom the party may be able to convince to help, having freed and cared for a kobold prisoner they saved upriver.

But the orcs are not tribes: they're a group of marauders working the river valley, trading goods and slaves with pirates. The ones the party has been tracking and fighting. The caves aren't homes, they're extra space for storage, carousing, and transport of goods up and down from their stronghold above.

No minotaur, no hobgoblins, no gnolls, stirges, owlbears, or cultists. Lots of empty caverns of natural and unworked stone, and some angry and sometimes drunk orcish guards.

The stronghold itself and its occupants are from another module entirely, from which I took the kicker situation that started the whole thing off. I only grabbed B2 because it was convenient: the party didn't want to scale the cliff in front of the stronghold and didn't think they could effectively bluff their way in. And so the back way in was born.

I've been working on a battlemap of the valley for this week's game, based on the original map. I'll be taking the underground bits out, but am using them right now to help mark the topographical gradients as I shape the map terrain with shadowing and bevels.
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Something I've been working on for the last couple weeks, as I've gotten back into gaming and we work the kinks out of our old school mash-up.
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New page up. "Part the Second: Elf & Eternity"
This one is publicly available and if you like what you see, please consider becoming a patron!
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New patron-only page is up: on the elven spirits men call "Those-of-Ivory." I know, pretty much all I have used G+ for lately is announcing each new page for anyone interested in maybe becoming a patron; I could really use more support, everyone! Thanks!

For existing Patreon-using creators: I also have a new printer capable of actually making color-accurate prints, and am thinking of perhaps adding those to the pledges as a perk at higher levels, or as a prize in a random monthly drawing. Thoughts? Experiences if you've done something similar?
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I am doing a public release for this page. Come support me on my Patreon!
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Sometimes (often?) a page just takes longer before I'm happy with it. Hence the month's delay. The ideas I was aiming for finally gelled a few days ago, and for the better. Pixies: they needed to be much more than tiny flying tricksters or little copies of the elves. Not merely laughing lights in the woods, but something that stirred unease when considered, reflecting ageless human fears for our children. Hopefully I've suggestively tapped into that with the latest page.

Also, very close to the first goal for patronage. One or two more patrons per month and we could cross that goal line.
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