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New Release: The Baneful Shroud of the Everdark RPG Soundscapes!

4 Sep

Hello folks, just a post to let you know that our latest release, part of our new range of Audio products for the hobby, “Worlds of Sound”, This first one being titled: The Baneful Shroud of the Everdark”.

Worlds of Sound: The Baneful Shroud of the Everdark, RPG Audio Soundscapes

Grinning Skull Studios is proud to present to you the very first of the “Worlds of Sound” RPG Audio range.
The Banefule Shroud of the Everdark is a collection of six MP3 audio tracks, designed to accompany your RPGs, Wargames and LARP games, and add an extra level of ambient atmosphere.
Composed by the marvelous, Mark Gibbons, these tracks are themed to fit most RPG situations and encounters you may find in a stock fantasy adventure environment or to play in the background during gaming sessions!
Each audio pack comes complete with a PDF guide that includes print-out labels for those of you who want to make a CD for that old skool vibe!

Track listings:

  • TRACK 1: Dark Legends Foretold. (Dance of the Dead) M.J. Gibbons. 7.16.
  • TRACK 2: Across the Ocean to Peril. (The Ocean) M.J. Gibbons. 4.23.
  • TRACK 3: Unhallowed Gates of Impending Doom. (Impending Doom) M.J. Gibbons. 6.36.
  • TRACK 4: Deeper into the Darkness. (Clockwork) M.J. Gibbons. 6.31.
  • TRACK 5: Ebon Shades of Forgotten Times. (Until the Edge of Time) M.J. Gibbons. 4.17.
  • TRACK 6: Triumphant Against All Odds. (Heroes Return) M.J. Gibbons. 5.05.

Please share this link with anyone you think would be interested in this great new RPG hobby product!

You can find the product here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/326918/Worlds-of-Sound-The-Baneful-Shroud-of-the-Everdark

Keep a look out for future “Worlds of Sound” Audio releases as well as all our other hobby releases over at DrivethruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios

Grimthorpe East Progress Diary #1: Test shots and models.

31 Jan

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Just thought I would keep you up to date with the progress here, which has been a bit behind due to some minor ills and a virus (No not the Corona virus, yet…) This has left me being behind with the latest Adventurer’s Post scenario, and the scheduled Pointless Classics edition, but no fear, they are still coming.

Anyway, progress is good on the Grimthorpe East set, with around 20+ building kits done or almost done. Some require a little adjustment before I carry on, but these are minor woes overall, and things are coming along nicely. The intention is to include around 50 buildings at least, plus accessories and stuff, enough to give you a good selection and variation for your builds, plus I’m trying to keep them as simple as possible to reduce build time.

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After a test print or three (or six, or more!) to check for levels and such, I think they are turning out pretty good. Again, some of the kits need a little adjustment, but all is on track. When I’ve progressed a bit further, I’ll be doing more test prints…Lots of test prints!

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Doing a bit of simple maths, I figure that the end product will fit around 26-30 house models on the playing area. I have still to test this, but it sounds about right. The accessories included should fill gaps here and there, but you can simply expand the area by printing another 3×3, or even just an extra 3 to add on, it’s totally up to you!

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I have considered a 15mm version, but to be honest, since you can print the set at a reduced size, there’s probably no real need to do so. We will have to see what happens and what mood takes me!

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Once the set is out, I’ll be adding more options by releasing smaller collections to add to the line, things like a big church/temple, castles, keeps, and all manner of specialised buildings, but at first, it’ll be just basics in the core set.

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I’m thinking of a modern version using the same system, just for a change, although this won’t be Grimthorpe, but another place for modern gamers. Possibly some zombie themed stuff, but that’s in the future. Whatever happens, all these sets should be 100% compatible with other manufacturers paper model kits, so you can mix and match to your hearts content! There’s no reason you can’t use this set with other titles in our current ranges, check out the section over on DriveThruRPG in our paper model titles to give you some idea!

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I haven’t started on the accessory sheets and extras, but I have a load of ideas of what I’m going to include. Carts and Market stalls are the first on my list, but sheds, gardens, fences, monuments and more will be done too. Let me know if you have any ideas which you think I should be included!

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I’m also considering some background elements, although I’m not too sure just yet. As you can see from the mock up, it does add some additional ambiance, but I haven’t decided yet. Maybe I might make a few building fronts in partial 3D to add to the edge of the playing board, sort of like the Railway modelling community does for their set ups, although I don’t know if I would be best served bringing these bits out as additional titles. I do think they will look nice on the end set ups, but with so many ideas, I don’t want to add too much to the core set, or I might not have any ideas left for future sets!

The finished set will be available on both DriveThruRPG and our Payhip store, and I’ll ask that if you haven’t checked both of them out, please have a look, where you’ll find a load of unique and varied titles from Grinning Skull Studios.

I’ll be back later with more updates, and as ever, please comment and feel free to let me know what you think about any aspect of this or any of our other stuff!!

 

Grinning Skull New Release: Adventurer’s Post Volume #1.

31 Oct

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Well, it’s been a while since I last posted on here, and while it’s true that of recent times I have just used the site as a way of promoting Grinning Skull Products (Which I can say, keep me very busy creating I may add) I’m here again to tell you about more of the
same. As you can see, we have another digital title, that I feel needs some explanation as to what and how it works and it’s intention.

Adventurers Post vol1 1

Adventurer’s Post products are a new title range of which I hope to greatly expand upon. Triggered by the need for me to create a range of adventure modules that I have had rattling around in my head for an age. The entire premise behind it is that of the usual trope of the fantasy party, visiting the tavern (or town square or other relaxed locale) and looking for jobs to earn some gold. Call it questing or whatever, but from my memory it always seemed to be tavern based, and the party would huddle around it, looking for the posting of would be jobs, then following it up. So, I thought, why not create a product that allows the GM to present their players with just that, in physical
form.

Here’s the promo ad to show you what I mean:

advert Adventurers post 1 promo

So the key is that the Adventurer’s Post volumes contain a 3×3 A4 printable poster of one such notice board (which should be mounted onto a big piece of box card or similar for sturdiness) to which you then print and cut out the various adventure notices that pertain to the contained mini adventures in the modules. This is then backed up with maps and any other supplemental material for effect. All of this creates a great ambient prop to present to your players and add a spectacle in person. All of this is system free and suitable for use with any RPG system you want to use.

No, I know that this is not the most groundbreaking idea, nor will it be the last, but I have poured some love on this, and for the $7 (£5.44 in shiny british pounds) I think it is great value for money, working out at $1.40 per adventure (£1.08 in GBP) and that’s not even counting the board itself! Yes, I thought it was time that I threw my hat in and started writing adventures, just to show that,

  • a.) I can actually write adventures, and give me the kick up the ass to write more!
  • b.) That the mass of adventure ideas I have in my various note books and head, need to be cast out into the world, like an outcast puppy, to make his own way in the world!
  • c.) To show the community there is more to Grinning Skull products than D100 tables (I do like them very much, but there is so much more I want to get published)

Not only will I be putting out further volumes of Adventurer’s Post, each containing five adventures, but there will be a supplementary range of single mini adventures (I am writing two more at the moment with a big list of them for future release), that can be added to the main line (Adventurer’s Post Mini Quests or similar!) that can be used independently, or added to the board as you use up the available jobs already posted. These mini module add-ons will be priced at about $2.50 (about £2 or so to us limeys!) so will be a great way in to get some nice adventure ideas and a session or two out of them!

Each of the main Adventurer’s Post Volumes will contain the main board files, but not the stand alone adventure mini quests, for which you’ll have to buy one of the main titles.

So, to Volume #1, this first one contains quite a lot of stuff in it’s 84 pages (That works out at just over $0.08 per page in USD, and about 6.5p per page in GBP, what do I keep saying, total bargain! This is our biggest adventure based title so far, with more to come if all goes well!),
but here’s a rundown to whet your whistle:

  • A 9 page, 3×3 A4 sized, poster printout Adventurer’s Notice board to create your own board prop,
  • A whole heap of notices, notes, wanted posters, and red herring notes to populate the board,
  • Five detailed mini adventures that link to the various notices,
  • Player handout 8 page “Plant Identification guide” for Adventure 5.
  • Adventure hooks for all the adventures, plus maps and flavours dotted around for added detail.

The Jobs/Adventures included within are:

  • Of Lost Dogs and Noblemen, a tale of a lost pup, a swamp and a huge killer croc!
  • There were Rats, Rats, just as big as cats, in the stores…, Pest control at the towns biggest store,
  • The Merchant, The Boy and the Butcher, The rich, half-witted boy Gerald has vanished, go find him…
  • Filthy Fred and the Dirty Bleeders, a bandit force has taken over the roads near town, join the local militia and stop them…
  • Searching in the DoomsWoad: A guild of mages is hiring adventurers to recover magical plants from dangerous cursed area…

I won’t tell any more (no spoilers from me) so I suggest that if you want to know more, then you have to buy the book. I do ask that if you can, please help support this line, that will encourage me to add to the line, and keep upping my eBook game in both production and quality. If you are not into it, just think about helping me share and get the word about to those that might find it useful. It is the first deluxe type of product I have made, so I would be grateful if this does well, and give me the confidence to keep plugging a digital product at this price point, and all being well, I can bring myself to get around to publishing some much bigger ideas I have brewing for adventure modules.

All this is dependent on how well this is received, so please any sort of feedback, promotion, comments and interaction you can give me is very much welcome and
very useful for future en devours. I also welcome suggestions as to how to improve the range and keep making advances in all areas of book production and so forth.

If that looks like your thing, then please show your support and get a copy from our storefront at DriveThruRPG.com here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios

While the book itself can be found here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293621/Adventurers-Post-Volume-1,

or if you don’t want to buy one, a simple share or promote wouldn’t cost anything and help us a lot! Or you could just get any number of our other titles, or help spread the word with them too!

Anyway, thanks for reading if you got this far, and I’ll be back at some point with some new articles I have been meaning to get around to finishing (If you come here to look at miniatures and stuff, you’ll know what I mean) Thanks again to all who have supported Grinning Skull in it’s various forms, god knows it has been a struggle at times, but in the face of adversity, we all know underneath the skin, the skull is always grinning back…

Cheers everyone for the support.

Grim

Grinning Skull’s End of 2017 Release Round-Up!!

18 Dec

Hello, peeps! Sorry, I haven’t been around to keep you in the loop, a combination of stress, time limitations, and festive prep has conspired against me, but never the less, I’m here now, with a comprehensive round-up of our releases up to date.

Id just like to wish all of you reading this, a very happy Festivemas and happy new year!!

I just want to note that all these fine PDF RPG supplement titles are available through RPGnow and DriveThruRPG (check out the appropriate publisher pages) and all links given here will direct you to our DriveThruRPG page. anyway, are you ready? Then, let’s begin!!

Harphogayth for 5th Edition

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225967/Harphogayth?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

Glossolalia Gibberish Generator

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226157/Grims-D100-Specials-D100-Glosslalia-Gibberish-Generator-for-all-RPGs?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

Dark Tongue language Generator

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226260/Grims-D100-Specials-D100-Dark-Tongue-Language-Generator-for-all-fantasy-RPGs?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

100 Magical Things to wear

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226351/100-Magical-things-to-wear-for-any-fantasy-RPG-campaign?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

100 Water Side-Quests

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226657/100-Water-Side-Quests-for-any-fantasy-RPG-campaign?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

100 Curious Gems

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226675/100-Curious-Gemstones-for-any-fantasy-RPG-campaign?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

British Castles Floorplans Poster map collection vol 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226762/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-Reference-Series-British-Castles-Floorplan-Poster-Map-Collection-1?cPath=24344_28857)

British Castles Floorplans Poster map collection vol 2.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226776/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-Reference-Series-British-Castles-Floorplan-Poster-Map-Collection-2?cPath=24344_28857)

British Castles Floorplans Poster map collection vol 3.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226991/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-Reference-Series-British-Castles-Floorplan-Poster-Map-Collection-3?cPath=24344_28857)

British Castles Floorplans Poster map collection vol 4.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/227166/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-Reference-Series-British-Castles-Floorplan-Poster-Map-Collection-4?cPath=24344_28857)

Castles bundle!

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/227171/Castles-Bundle-British-Castles-Floorplans-Bundle-1-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_28857)

London Landmarks floorplans Poster map collection.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/227214/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-Reference-Series-London-Landmarks-Floorplans-Postermap-Collection?cPath=24344_28857)

Rule Britannia Bundle.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/227221/RULE-BRITANNIA-British-UK-Reference-Bundle-Deal-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_28857)

Meta magic for 5th edition.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/227939/Metamagic-Tricks-for-5th-Edition-Fantasy?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

European Castles Floorplans poster map collection vol 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/227963/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-Reference-Series-European-Castles-Floorplan-Poster-Map-Collection-1?cPath=24344_28857)

1916 Modern Houseplans collection vol 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228020/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1916-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-1?cPath=24344_28857)

1916 Modern Hosueplans collection vol 2.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228130/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1916-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-2?cPath=24344_28857)

1908 Modern Houseplans collection vol 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228142/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1908-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-1?cPath=24344_28857)

1910 Modern Houseplans collection vol 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228203/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1910-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-1?cPath=24344_28857)

1910 Modern Houseplans collection vol 2.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228213/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1910-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-2?cPath=24344_28857)

Modern Houseplans layout bundle 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228222/Modern-House-Layout-Plans-Bundle-One–BUNDLE?cPath=24344_28857)

1912 Modern Houseplans collection vol 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228276/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1912-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-1?cPath=24344_28857)

Killer Toys Bundle.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228284/Killer-Toys-Bundle-Deal-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_27981)

1915 Modern Houseplans collection vol 1.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228372/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1915-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-1?cPath=24344_28857)

Horror Mega Bundle.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228375/Grinning-Skulls-Horror-Megabundle-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_27981)

1916 Modern Houseplans collection vol 3.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228397/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1916-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-3?cPath=24344_28857)

High Seas bundle.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228475/Grinning-Skulls-High-Seas-Bundle-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_27981)

Riddles, Clues and Answers Bundle.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228476/Grinning-Skulls-Riddles-Clues–Answers-Bundle-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_27981)

Mega magic Bundle.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228478/Grinning-Skulls-Mega-Magic-Bundle-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_27981)

1916 modern Houseplans collection vol 4.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228586/Grinning-Skulls-Historical-reference-series-1916-Modern-House-Plans-Layout-Collection-4?cPath=24344_28857)

Modern house plans Bundle 2.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228657/Modern-House-Layout-Plans-Bundle-Two-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_28857)

Modern house plans Bundle 3.

(http://www.rpgnow.com/product/228659/Modern-House-Layout-Plans-Bundle-Three-BUNDLE)

100 Santa’s Little Helpers (Pointless Classics #5)

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/228770/100-Santas-Little-Helpers-for-all-RPGs?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true&word-variants=true)

2017 Historical Reference releases Mega-Bundle. (All Historical Reference titles released in 2017!)

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/229055/2017-Historical-Reference-Releases-MegaBundle-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_27981)

Grim’s Stock Art: Bundle one.

(http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/229202/Grims-Stock-Art-Bundle-One-BUNDLE?cPath=24344_27981)

For more titles in our ranges check out our publisher pages here!!

  

New Release: Harphogayth Campaign tool for 5th Edition Fantasy.

7 Nov

I’m back with yet more Grinning Skull Studios publications news for November!

Kicking off this month’s first release is the Harphogayth campaign tool, our very first real foray into material published for 5th Edition Fantasy. Written by Davide Quatrini, this supplement is a heavily inspired Manga/Anime style take on magical possessed power suits.

The Harphogayth supplement is a Science-Fantasy campaign tool which details using the ancient and alien artifacts known as “Harphogayths” in their campaigns.
These arcane power suits hold hidden powers and lore from an ancient lost civilisation and allow you to run campaigns and adventures in a sci-fantasy setting, heavily inspired by Manga/Anime styled fiction.
Detailed are five different and powerful Harphogayth armor suits for both your Players and NPCs.

You can check out this great new PDF here at: RPGnow: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/225967/Harphogayth and DrivethruRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225967/Harphogayth

For more titles in our ranges check out our publisher pages here!!

  

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