Monday, August 13, 2018

Patreon

I have started a Patreon in order to develop more projects. Currently I develop OSR products and my big new project Valkyria: Shieldmaidens of Asgard between working on freelance commissions, so the going can be a little slow sometimes. I have exactly 12 OSR books that are all in various stages of completion, as you can see in my previous post. If any of them interest you consider supporting this work on Patreon.com/thomasdenmark

The first goal is to get 50 patrons. Each of these first patrons will receive a little bind-rune painting representing health and wealth, as well as a cool little iron-on patch. There will also be other great rewards like 15% off products, sneak peeks, advanced copies and more.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Products in Development



Patrons will gain early access as well as sneak peeks and up to 15% discount on all products.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dungeons and Dragons the most important gaming franchise in the world

Forbes has written an article about the upcoming book Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History an illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved game, told through more than 700 pieces of artwork from each edition of the core books, supplements, and modules; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; classic advertisements and merchandise; and never-before-seen sketches, large-format canvases, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind drafts, and more from the now-famous designers and artists associated with the game. The book's authors had unparalleled access to the archives of publisher Wizards of the Coast, as well as the personal collections of top collectors and the game's original designers, allowing them to compile the most comprehensive collection of D&D imagery ever assembled.

There are some real gems from the archives.


You can read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2018/05/10/these-exclusive-images-reveal-the-art-and-arcana-of-dungeons-dragons/#6560c2da5810

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Landsknechte

Some time ago I cut my copy of Chainmail apart, typed up all the text, and reformatted it into a more legible book.

One of the stand out elements of the book is how much Landsknechte are mentioned with their stats and abilities scattered all over the book. I took all the mentions and combined them into one super entry to see it all together. With how much reverence and attention is paid to these famous troops you'd think they were the greatest fighting force since the Great Heathen Army invaded the British Isles.


Landsknechte
Point Value: 2 + Weapon value
Attack as: Light Foot
Defend as: Light Foot
Move 12”
Charge move 15”
Morale Rating: 8

Takes no prisoners (treat prisoners as kills).

Only half penalties for facing.

Fatigue in 6 melee rounds (not 3).

Landsknechte armed with pikes or pole arms facing the enemy automatically stand any charges.

Form Hedgehog: If ten or more of these troops are in a square-type formation, pikes or pole arms facing outwards in all four directions, a “hedgehog” has been constituted. A hedgehog can be moved at one-half speed. It may never charge. A Hedgehog will never be drawn into neighboring melees. It may be attacked only by troops armed with like weapons (pikes or pole weapons).

Close Formation: Landsknechte attacking in close formation (5x2 figures minimum) fight as Armored Foot, with extra die for weapons. For every two men so attacking an additional “mass shock” die is added. When defending in close order (1” or less apart), with pole arms facing the enemy, they are treated as Heavy Foot. If attacked in flank or rear, or when in open order, they are treated as Light Foot.

Pike Charge: Because of the reputation and ferocity of these troops, an enemy charged by Landsknechte pikemen (other than like troops) must roll two dice and consult the Loss table, just as if they had suffered excess casualties. However, if the unit being attacked fails to score high enough it is not removed from play; rather, it retreats 1 1/2 moves, backs to the enemy, and must rally. If they are followed up by pikemen before they rally, the unit is totally eliminated. Note: The charging pike formation must be eligible to receive “max shock” dice (at least 10 figures in 5 x 2 formation) in order to force enemy units to check morale.




Friday, April 20, 2018

Norse Bestiary Alphabet

It's been another one of those dry spells on this blog. I've been juggling several projects all at different stages. A couple of the OSR things I have in the works are very close to being ready and they will be getting some sneak previews here quite soon.

Right now I want so show you a little project I did in January and recently compiled into a book and published. It probably falls well within the interest of readers of this blog. A long time passion of mine has been Norse mythology and I've always wanted to do some projects with that theme. Then an idea struck me and I started a project called Valkyria: Shield Maidens of Asgard. It is coming along quite nicely and if you follow my Instagram you might have seen a few images from it. In the course of research I did a little art challenge where I drew a creature from Norse mythology for each letter of the alphabet and posted it each day. The images struck a chord with some people and I was urged to make a book. I'm happy to announce it is available on my Gumroad store. It's a charming little book full of factoids and (I hope) cool art.


If this is something you might want check it out at the link below:
https://gumroad.com/thomden