And so I wake in the morning and I step outside, And I take a deep breath and I get real high, and I scream from the top of my lungs – where’s my cheese? Oh wait, I mean, WHAT’S GOING ON?!

Another quick update on whats going on… the pictures of GaryCon X are coming… as well, as the D&D adventure based on Castle of Blackwood Moors.

I am going though the book, bit by bit to cut out a lot of the “You see this” and, “you see that,” and “Why are my shoes on the wrong feet?” To cut it down for a D&D style audience. It’s taking a bit… the book *IS* over 500 pages after all. But I am hoping to have this off to the editor by mid-April.  After that, off to the next project!

One thing at a time Ax, I know, I know.

SO! In case you were wondering JUST how bad my handwriting is…  here are some pictures of the rewriting!

Until next time,

Stay Mad,
Be Good.

The Beginnings of the Wanderings in The City.

Hey hey Fun Team.

As I mentioned yesterday in the first episode of Mad Overlord tv (you did watch it didn’t you? If not, go watch it. I sound like a goof since I never really did anything like it before… but it will get better), I mentioned I would start a D&D campaign based on my old game world.

Right now there are only two players (we are running the game over skype). The characters rolled up were Roofie O. the Middenlund Bounty Hunter. Str 15, Int 13, Wis 9, Dex 10, Con 9, Cha 7. And Zanax the Proth Witch Hunter. Str 11, Int 8, Wis 13, Dex 12, Con 17,  Cha 9.

Humans and dwarves are second class citzens in the City. The elves rule the city (this was mentioned in a few of the older posts back in October 2016. in the posts I made about how the game world changed over time.) The elves keep most of those who are not elven into the slums in the eastern quarters of the city. They started in Freilunder’s Gasthaus. The time was 10am and most of those establishing such a place were the dregs of society. In the dirtiest part of the city, in one of the worst inns.PLAYER MAP 2

Rumors flew about bandits who preyed on the locals. But that is where we had to stop.
More to come!

From the last days of 2017… The City stirs.

Two posts in two days! Hoody Hoo!

Hey fantastic fun folks,

As this year draws to a close, it is a perfect time to discuss my future plans for the page (now that I can post here again).
2017 was not good to me. I am writing the main story for a Chinese game company and they keep changing the goal post location.

Them: “Write what ever you want!”
Me: “Oh boy!”

Them: “I just saw Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League (I am so sorry), and I think our story should follow that.”
Me: “You do realize I am about twenty chapters into the book and 2/3rds of the way with finishing the main story line.”

Them: “Yeah but everyone has to change things sometimes.”
Me: “This is true.” (Anyone who has ever worked in the game industry knows this.).

Fast forward to next week (doodlee doodlee doodlee DOO).

Them: “The story line is falling behind schedule. Everyone needs to work on Saturday and Sunday” (In China there is no OT).

The entire writing team: “Whooda whada WHATA? You just changed the whole story and Had to rewrite TWENTY CHAPTERS?!”

I do not mean to sound like a Dr. Wah, but there is such a thing called realistic expectations. Basically, I stayed awake for three days straigh tto rewrite everything (because I am awesome). But that is the way most of the year went. Sure its a nature of the beast… but sadly, this left little time for me to work on my side projects like the D&D version of Castle of Blackwood Moors, the Gamebook Sequel and The novel I have been working on.

This left a lot of half done projects out there. *Sad Face*

The good news? I will have a lot of projects crossing the finish line in 2018!

This will not only include the three above projects. But two sourcebooks! One for the Blackwood Moor area, and one for the ‘City at the Edge of the World’ which islocation of the novel (Like I said, some of this stuff is LITERALLY done, I just need to find some artists, layout artists etc and they are ready to go. Hear that? I hear Kickstarter calling!)

I am planning on running a D&D campaign taking place in the City as well.

So I cannot show the full map of the City at this time. You guys (and you know who you are) no spoilers here! muhahaha!

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I am also planning on documenting more stuff on Youtube or vid.me or whatever. To give a look see into my creative process.

So all you Mad Minions! Hang onto your socks! 2018 is going to be a busy year.

P.S. I have not forgotten about Hendl’s Landing! HAW!

Dungeons and Coffee. Review.

A very cool gent named Tracey Puckett has a review site called Dungeons and Coffee, which he just reviewed my book. Sounds like he enjoyed it quite a bit, but do not take my word for it. Follow this link and check it out for yourselves.

And he is correct. More stuff *IS* coming. A sequel as well as a book (or two) so you can base your adventures in the world the book takes place in.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Also, watch this space, I have more scans of my old D&D world coming… which I will talk about more and more.  And more. And more. Roger Moore?

Never mind.

I forgot a step. The 80’s.

Yesterday I posted a bit of a history of the world I use for my D&D world that has been around since ’83-’84. But I forgot a step (you will find I will forget a lot of stuff as this blog continues), the world took a huge change in the late 1980s, early 1990s. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, I had to take them with my phone, I don’t have access to a scanner here in China for some reason.

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You will notice a few things, first it is blurry as all get out. Apologies, I am HORRID at taking pictures of things. Second, the size, you can see the tip of my foot in the bottom of the picture. Considering I wear size 14 shoes in the USA (size 50 in China, a size they do not even make here, I have to get my shoes custom made), I did not crop the shoe off so you can gauge the size of the map. It is about 3-4 feet from top to bottom, so it is a pretty huge piece of paper. Lastly, you will notice that the other maps were longer from left to right and this is longer top to bottom, so what happened?

What happened with this (short lived, despite how much work my young self put into it) version of the map was that I got a bunch of this huge hex paper for free and I wanted to use it. In my young mind, free was more important than consistency, so why not! I was about 16-17 years of age when I made this. But you will see a lot more of the world get fleshed out and even some things that disappear in the later version you have seen yesterday.

Here we see parts of the map a bit closer, and think goodness, a bit more clear as well.

You can see a few things that have changed, for some reason, I put the Abysmal Swamp west, south west of the Apuno lands, and Middenlund is not even on here at all anymore, I just leave that area blank. I did add the Jupair-Gimesh Hills, mostly because I needed to add locations due to the fact this map was so much more taller than wider now. It was going to be a land run by beastials as a buffer between the Middenlund and the Apuno Lands. Honestly, I am happy this area disappeared, however I do like the name. Maybe, it will make a return some day, some way.

You can also see the original land that started this all, the barbarian lands of Guardias (shown in a blog post here about a week ago), is also not marked. You can see the city of Norcross, and even the tiny town of Blackwater – even the city of Kobur Nogan and the Rust River, but no title. I did include the Shard plains to the west though. I even included red dotted lines for political borders. No Guardias though. Sorry barbarians.

 

Here are some close up shots of the same map. You will see a few things here. First, in the north west, The city of Mikonec and the area of Ehee-cheeo, close by Yakpu-Qui and Uhili-Qui. This was a huge, huge mistake. Mikonec was the captial of the Miquatica (a race of Aztecs influenced people) surrounded by the lands of the Tian Tang (a race of people based on China. The new map for these lands will appear here some day). Eventually, the Miquatica got moved to the south lands now called the Ash Peninsula, but yeah… in my 16 year old mind, this was a good idea for some reason.

Here is where the human race of ‘Proth’ came from as well. But where the city was once called Proth and run by humans of the same name, the city is now just known as “The City at the Edge of the World” and is run by elves (Elves are hedonistic, arrogant jerks in this world and yes, these are the same elves that fought a war against the dwarves of Kobur Illid I mentioned a few posts ago).

In the center of the Great Inner Sea are two islands of note (The small island from yesterday becomes a few larger islands *face palm*) the Ram’s Head Isle: which is kind of like Switzerland, no weapons allowed by visitors and basically there for anyone from the Murk Lands to come and trade. The other isle is Voro’s Isle. Voro is the land’s ‘Gandalf’, or ‘Elminster’, accept he does not meddle in anyone’s business (That is ‘The Benefactor’s job. More on them later). He has had very little impact in any of the game’s I have ran over the years. Some of my player’s are unsure if he (or she) is still alive. Even the name changes depends who you ask. Voro, Vorom, Voromyr, are all names used to describe this enigmatic figure. Personally, I like that a lot better than someone like Elminster, who everyone in the Forgotten Realms knows everything about. Heck, some of my players even spread rumors about Voro in order to achieve things in the game, which is always clever.

The last thing I am going to talk about today is the Mer-Succhur Marsh. Named so for the plague of the Succhur. What is this plague you ask? Well, I will tell you. There are various bloated flies that are a bit more bloated than normal flies, and have a red mark on them somewhere (varies from fly to fly). If some one is bitten by one of these flies and is not treated they become a carrier. Eventually (1d4 days adjusted for CON), the character gets weak. At the end of the gestation period, the carriers head swells up like a pustule and bursts, revealing a mass of rope-like tentacles that are evenly spaced around the area where the neck used to be. The neck is now the mouth of the Succhur and the rope-like tentacles now attempt to entangle a near by victim and drag them into the maw (which now stretches to engulf any victim.

For some reason, my players only ventured there once and after meeting a Succhur, they never returned.

I could have added a LOT more detail here, but life calls. Would you like to know more? let me know. Is my grammar terrible? Let me know. Is there anything you would like to see me go over with more detail? Let me know.

Keep smiling everyone. Don’t get bitten by weird looking flies.

The pictures finally showed!

The pictures finally arrived! Jeepy Creepys that is some SLOW internet….

Okay, here is the first of a few posts of an event I went to called Khankon (www.khankon.com) in Shanghai. It is a table top RPG convention mostly for Chinese folks (Table Top RPGs are gaining ground here but more on that later) with a smattering of board games and card games thrown in. First off, the place was VERY COOL. I was an old jazz club from the 60’s and 70’s. Very few bands still played there but the restaurant on the upper floors was still operational (I did not eat there so I cannot tell you how the food was), but the downstairs where the games were held still had original woodwork and everything.

 

As you can see, it got REALLY packed down there, and a lot of fun games went on both of the two days. One odd thing was the only a few Chinese players and western players would jump ‘borders’ as it were. Most of the English speaking people stuck together and most of the Chinese natives stuck in their own little groups. I was really curious to ask the Chinese gamers what they liked and disliked, but my Chinese is not that good so I didn’t. I also noticed that most of the western players were playing 5th Edition D&D and no one was playing Pathfinder… whereas most of the Chinese RPGers were playing Pathfinder mostly with two groups playing 5th ed and two groups playing Chinese created RPGs (characters will be posted soon).

 

 

Okay, here is the portion of the blog where I plug my book. Showing the book to many people at Khankon was a lot of fun. I am kind of an introvert so it was a big deal to approach people and ask them to take a look at something I wrote, but gamers are usually a pretty cool bunch of people (except in that first picture, that is the founder of Khankon being a smartass with my book *CURSE YOU DAN!**).

Luckily, everyone really liked it and I even got a few sales out of the deal. The coolest thing though was the direct feedback. When you write a book you do it mostly in a vacuum and hope people will like it, so when they say things like, “This is fun.” “Where can I get one of these?” and “I suppose I won’t beat you up with a sock full of quarters and ditch your body in an alley.” It makes a lot of it worthwhile (well, maybe not that last one, luckily no one actually said that to me though).

 

 

Finally, here is some left over random shots. The Game of Thrones boardgame which is a LOT of fun even though I got smoked like a cheap cigar. The Chinese character sheets I promised as well as the picture of the guy who ran the 5th ed game I was in. Lastly, this little girl that kept following me around and asking me what I was doing, and let me know how bad my dice rolling was in a game of Descent I was playing.

Thanks kid.

 

 

What else, what else?

As I mentioned yesterday, another thing I am doing is working on a computer game. I wont give out many details since it is only about a month or two in development. But I included some screenshots on getting farming up and running. I cannot take credit for the coding that is the ever awesome Matt, but I do the design work and world building.  Also, ignore the art… we are using free stuff from Unity until we can find a decent 3d artist.

Here we see the overgrown field, with a ruined house to your left. WOW! That field is overgrown! Look at how high that grass is. Next, while attempting to cut the grass down, I have to stop to put down and attacking mutant.  The mutant is dead and I can finally plant some corn. After waiting a day or two, I come back to see my corn has already begun to grow. Finally, after a few more days, my corn is fully grown and ready for the harvest.

 

Another, ANOTHER thing I want to talk about is the world I use for my gamebooks and my first novel, is based on my old D&D world. So I hope to flesh it out more and more here.world-map

Even though it is the same world I have used since 1978, this map was drawn in about 1984. The premise of the world hasn’t changed (as my players can attest to), but as I grew older and obtained more knowledge, details of the world have changed. I wont go into detail now, since I can save that for a future topic.

Here is even an EARLIER map. This is the earliest map I could find.

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This is damn painful to look at now, but see how the ‘Sea of Glass’ has moved from the top of this map to further west in the world map? I also heavily stole things as a lad. See Firetop Mountain (from Warlock of Firetop Mountain) and Lion Castle (From Ghost of Lion Castle)…  Yeah. I know I added those to the map a lot later since I bought those two things and wanted to add them somewhere so I just plopped them down at the top since my players haven’t reached those areas yet. I WAS 13!!! Cut me some slack! Jimeny Jeepers. Uh… let us continue… shall we? *hangs head in shame*

Oh, I should also mention, the second map’s location in the world map is toward the top just right of center. You can see the Sunken Lands just north of The Great Midland Kingdom.

This was pretty impressive for a 13 old kid I think. The idea behind the second map is that it is mostly a land of barbarians (hence all the open space). Off the eastern edge of the map was a great dwarven kingdom, Kobur Illud if i recall – I don’t have the notes in front of me, and they were losing a war with the elves. Who lived even further east in ‘The City at the Edge of the World’. Yeah, some of my elves were city dwellers, there is a reason for that. For now you will just have to wonder. DUN DUN DAAAAAAAAH! *Ahem* let us continue shall we?

The elves were winning the war, and were planning on making the dwarves extinct for all their mining and destroying of the environment. The dwarves would have been toast, if it was not for a group called ‘The Benefactors’. They used great magics to raise part of the floor of the Great Inner Sea so the dwarves could escape across it, fleeing the island of Hespae. Kind of like a reverse Moses. Except there was a group of them. The sea floor did not sink back right away, it began to sink a week after the escape, but slowly. The map takes place about ten years after the dwarves escaped, and you can see the land is a huge mire, but one can still transverse it.  Why did’t the elves follow? I actually do not remember anymore. Maybe they were microwaving a burrito and they forgot about it or something. They DID send halflings (who were elven allies) into the barbarian lands to spy on them. Forming the village of Brandy wine, but more on that later.

After they raised the lands for the dwarven escape, The Benefactors disappeared as quickly as they showed up. Whether they went back to their cities in the Broken Lands far to the west, or to somewhere else, no one knows. Actually I know, I am just not going to tell you since I am a jerk. HAW!
Anywhos, the remaining dwarves founded Kobur Nogan, I think the map here says Khazul Dum, which my players pointed out was stolen from Tolkien’s Khazad Dum (which is was. I WAS 13!!!!!), so I changed it. Kobur is the dwarven name for Dwarven made, and Nogan was the dwarven name for North, sad that I can still remember this stuff after so long.
ANYWAY, as I was saying, shortly after founding their city and they began mining, the river turned darker, since they used the river in their mining operations (one of the reasons the elves attend them, darn polluting dwarves), the river which was once named ‘The River of the Divine’ adopted a new name of ‘Rust River’ or ‘River of Rust’. The town on the southern edge was changed from ‘Sweet Water’ to ‘Black Water’ because of the color of the river as well.

There was only one real settlement in the area that some of the more ‘civilized’ barbarians used. Since they needed somewhere all the clans could go to trade goods with other civilizations, and some times set up raiding parties, but again, that is another post for another day. This was the city of Norcross, I actually have a map for that place as well. But again, another day folks, I don’t want to make this post a zillion lines long for those of you who have ADD or a two year old who just ate five bowls of Cap’N Crunch cereal (you and the Cap’n, make it happen!), so I will try to keep this short.

 

Eventually the halflings of Brandywine disappeared and to this day no one knows where they went (actually they do, but no one will admit they know. Again, another story for another time). The Shard Plains moved further west and off of this map altogether. They are named so, because of the strange, jagged, shards of rock jutting up into the sky. Some of them almost 60 ft high. Where they came from, no one knows. But no one really sticks around to find out since huge tribes of Beastials (wolf-men, cat-men, etc.) patrol the area, capturing and devouring all they come across.

Finally, the barbarians worship the all-Father, but they still pray to the spirits of the trees and animals as well. Once a year all the tribes head to the Forest of Whispering Wind, where they have a Wyrd, talk with other tribes about news, the latest movies they have seen, or whatever else is on their minds.

Did I miss anything? Is there anything I did not cover and you would like to find out more? Is there some of my grammar that is so terrible you would like to point it out? Please do!
As always, thank you for visiting my little hole in the wall and I hope your day goes well.

 

What’s up Tiger Lily?

What else is this blog about?

I plan on talking about a lot of the things I enjoy.

-Harassing others
– Dungeons and Dragons (OD&D, AD&D 1st ed, D&D 5th ed)
-Harassing others
-Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and Rifftrax)
-Harassing others
-MAD magazine
-Harassing others
– Monty Python
-Harassing others
– Muppet show (Those are the four ‘M’s of great humor by the way)
-Harassing others
-Assorted other junk that no one really cares about.

Speaking of which, in case you care, and cannot find anything better to read on the internet (really?) I am really bad about talking about myself but I suppose I have too.

Hmm. What else? I am left handed. INFJ Personality.
https://www.16personalities.com/infj-personality
Currently I live in China, where I am a game designer. Grew up in Wisconsin a few miles from Lake Geneva, where Dungeons and Dragons was born. Where as most people enjoy going to the beaches, or somewhere warm, I would rather go somewhere cold and with it piles of snow.

What else? Oh! I have currently written a gamebook. You know, like those classics such as the ‘Lone Wolf’ series and  “Warlock of Firetop Mountain” You can find it on amazon here

https://www.amazon.com/Castle-Blackwood-Moors-David-Konkol/dp/1535373644/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473756303&sr=8-1&keywords=castle+of+blackwood+moors

There is a sequel in the works as well. Also, a kind of a ‘guide book’ in the works that describes some of the towns and villages etc.

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In this ‘primer’ most of the towns, forests etc. will be fleshed out a bit more. By the way, that is the cover of my first book.

Also, I am working on my first novel… on top of that I am working on a computer game.

Is that enough about me? I think it is for today.