much of a micro-setting can you do under an afternoon and evening? About this much. After
getting myself worked up about the remarkably vacuous Vallakia
zine, I decided on an experiment to see if I could make a playable,
coherent mini-setting in a minimum amount of time. Thus is born Gloomywood,
land of Ruritanian monster movie clichés. In truth, it could be longer, if not
for some procrastination – I could have thrown in a dungeon or two. It is not
the best thing I could do, but not bad for a day’s creative work either. There
are ideas, springboards for action, agendas and connections, a rumours chart
(most of it to inspire both GM and players). It is sandboxy. And it begs the real question: why
isn’t something like this the minimum barrier for publishing something?
|Fearful Pesunts Fantasy|
Gloomywood 1.1 – PDF (3.8 MB PDF)
I definitely get a Hammer House of Horror vibe here. It's rich in personalities (a specialty of yours) and it achieves a level of gloom lacking in something official like Ravenloft. Truth is, I don't know how you and Bryce have the patience to read so much bad stuff. If I don't like something after one paragraph, I stop. Anyway, well done.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I have a lot less patience than Bryce - his reviews cover a wide range; mine only focus on things I picked up, and at least wanted to like.Delete
The original 1990 Ravenloft has plenty (and even levels of) gloom, though the later supplements at the end of the TSR era couldn't all escape the shortcomings of the period.ReplyDelete
Anyway, the above goes to show that a decent GM can hack together a setting that works reasonably well in a couple of hours, and that's for published materials, where one needs to put down the content in writing in some way. What about in-house stuff existing mostly in the GM's head, extrapolated from a handful of notes when needed? That brings up the age-old question, how much of a setting you really need?
Quick note: I have updated the map and PDF to correct a few elementary editing mistakes (missing place labels and a misplaced title). The content remains what it was.ReplyDelete
Nicely done for one afternoon.ReplyDelete
"why isn’t something like this the minimum barrier for publishing something?"
Because some people simply don't care about quality.
Though part of me wants to believe that such people honestly don'T know any better.
I once had a eye-opening conversation with a dude on some small, local convention. He went on and on about is homebrew and how he had spent the last 6 years carefully writing a setting book about it and how he would publish it in the next few months and yada, yada, yada.
Only problem? His setting was quite literally Lord of the Rings with a flipped map. Not one ounce of originality or creativity in there.
Still the dude though he had just written the best setting ever.
This is just a wonderful demonstration of someone who cares v.s. dreck...ReplyDelete
And cynical me thinks it is less "self absorption" (as in Grutzi's example), but more cash grab.
Even in this shape I'm more excited to run this than the 5e Ravenloft book (which I did end up running and being bored by).ReplyDelete
Same here, after reading Curse if Strahd, I gave the book away for free.Delete
Noe THIS here just begs me to fill in the blanks.
This might just inspire me to fully develope the threads presented into something more solidified, and build a full conspiracy. I gather that's the intention. Well done!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for Gloomywood! I would like to ask if you just have a black and white map instead of the color may as it is almost impossible to read when printed on a black and white printer, thanks.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your kind words! Unfortunately, I made the map with the free version of Hexographer, which only has this one tileset. The best I could do is turn the map into greyscale and crank up the contrast: https://64.media.tumblr.com/6648cf463fc08a2e83d1fa2de96807ea/406f555faa0b83cc-b2/s2048x3072/fdca53acd6aeec341de97ff52928df5466ee3105.pngDelete
This should print better, even though the mountains/forests contrast is off. The original Hexographer file is here if someone wants to play around with it: https://mega.nz/file/4wp1FYAJ#D6l2bE9PNS0upP045Ef2zc3z7BxKEXrD_ND_TcNODJw
Thank you so much for the grayscale version! It should work out much better for me then the color version.Delete
It's strange, opening an RPG product and seeing Slovak names in it. I appreciate that. :) Just wanted to post a shout-out to all the Central European gamers around (I'm Czech).ReplyDelete
I loved reading this. Really inspiring!ReplyDelete
Somehow missed this, downloading now! :DReplyDelete
Hello Melan. I really enjoy gloomywood. it's a dark mini setting that feels made to go side by side with stonehell. I've put SH somewhere near the black devil cave to match the brigands from SH. Anyway thanks for this. I would like to translate your setting in French (I'm Belgian) to spread the love for good OSR material. May I do it and make it available on my blog for free? https://dangerisreal.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
Regards & Fight On!
Hi Danger Is Real -- of course, feel free to go ahead with it! Would be my pleasure. If you need the layout files, mail me at beyond.fomalhaut at gmail.Delete
Thanks a lot, the pdf in not a fancy artpunk thing ;). I got the text from it. Half way there. Do you know if I can use the map from Knock!Delete