Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lizards vs. Wizards: a Very Silly Game

I made a new game. It's about talking lizards vs. weirdo wizards in a post-apoc world. It's 32 pages, cartoony, and not very serious. Enjoy.


Monday, December 25, 2017

D&D in Two Distinct Flavors!

I made up these fake ads for giggles. I guess this represents exaggerations of two distinct styles of playing D&D. One is the "fantasy Vietnam" approach, where death is frequent and randomness is king. The other is the "kid gauntlets" approach where death is not on the table and players dictate what they want.

Of course the truth for most gamers is between these extremes. I tend to run my D&D games leaning toward the Dragons & Dragons approach, but not entirely ruthless at all. I tend to dislike the Dungeons & Dungeons approach because it seems to rob the game of its teeth, which is a big reason I love playing. I want my PC to actually die if the dice fall that way. Otherwise I'll go play a story game where I can get the creative effect I want in what is probably a far better way.

But that's just me. Either way, I hope these are at least chuckleworthy.

Dwarfs of Lightning Spires

Here's a sheet for the dwarfs of the Lightning Spires, the eastern dwarfs of my OSR campaign setting Yria.

Following up on this post.

Gary Con X GM Shirt

I was asked again to draw the Gary Con GM shirt, which I happily did. Here is my art for the upcoming Gary Con X. I think this shirt only goes to GMs that run x number of hours of games. But you can go to the website for more information about that. Or find 'em on Facebook. It ain't hard.

Ho Ho Ho

I don't do a lot of holiday-themed stuff and I generally don't enjoy looking at it either. But it's fuckin' Christmas.

This one is "Assbeard the Dwarf", a commission I did a long time ago for a guy.

Leering Troll Leers and Jeers

This is the leering troll, a Labyrinth Lord monster that has bad habits.

Gorgaro Will Eat All People

This is the gorgaro, a B/X D&D style monster. It's good at killing and eating people.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Labyrinth Lord Character Sheet: Iron Company

Did this for my friend Andy Solberg's Labyrinth Lord game.

Class: Elementarian

Here's a new character class for your old school games. Art by Matt Hildebrand!

Inktober Drawings Drop

This year I did #inktober. Mostly. I didn't do the whole shebang. I just did it as I felt like it. Here's the whole bucket of wax:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hoofnar the Barbullian!

The age of beasts, witches, and sorcerers! A time red in tooth and claw! Witness now, o traveler, these tales of daring deeds and hirsute heroics. Truly these are the days of furious four-fingered adventure!

Hoofnar is a comic character I've been thinking about for a few years. Probably posted about him before. I did this cover mock up in a moment of inspiration. Maybe this might lead to an actual comic book? I do love my funny animal comics.

NOTE: I actually have no memory of how I ended up with two distinct comic book character ideas that are reddish-skinned, horned adventurers. Zarp and Hoofnar are vastly different in tone, but have certain shared traits. In fact, all my Hoofnar art prior to this cover shows him with very red skin and I labelled him a "red bull". I moved to a brown skin here to distinguish him a little bit more from the skinny little devil character.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


I've been thinking a lot about this little red guy. I started to say "red devil", but I never actually said he was a devil. In fact, none of the published comics every stated in any way what Zarp actually is. Nor does he comment on the matter, as far as I remember.

The character has always been a simple vehicle for telling stories. He's a guy who sees things and whose nature is to explore, wander, and - to some extent - comment on his world. I stopped doing Zarp stuff a long time ago but always wanted to come back.

Today I looked at the visuals and thought about the simplest element of this idea. What does Zarp look like? I found that my art has a wild range of quality on the subject. Some of my earliest Zarp drawings are just shit. Just complete shit. But others are really cool. The sheet pictured here shows the really cool Zarp images (just the heads) and it captures what this guy looks like. I added new doodles to make sure I knew what the hell I was doing when I draw him. Because one of my weaknesses as a cartoonist is that my forms meander too much. I don't define a character's look explicitly before I just start drawing, and that often leads to a visual drift that, in hindsight, is unfortunate.

I need more discipline.

Yria Campaign Reference Sheets

I put together a bunch of reference sheets for my own OSR house rules. These rules are generally based on old D&D such as the 1981 version by Moldvay, Cook, and Marsh (B/X). But also on Swords & Wizardry White Box. This is incomplete, but since I am pausing this project for a bit I figured I'd share the whole current series for those who might be interested. Roll some dice!