Amazons WIP

I will talk about amazons in a moment but let me set the scene for a second – one of the challenges that occurred to me when I started to write and self publish the dungeons and dragons and roleplay supplements were the illustrations. Whilst I have some small skill in drawing I am very out of practice and if I am to write, edit and produce to the volume and degree that I am hoping to I simply don’t have the time to be producing drawings as well.

I figured I couldn’t be the only person with this issue so I went out and did some research … long story* short I am going to use one of my favourite set of artworks to illustrate my upcoming publication on Amazons as a race option for fifth edition dungeons and dragons. As well as a publication on their home island.

Turns out that prior to a certain date art becomes copyright free – having been a life long fan of the pre-raphaelites I am totally excited to be able to use their artwork to illustrate my humble words!

So the above picture can be for the section on the sirens who protect the island from invaders whilst perhaps the follow illustrates the sorrow that such activity brings to the amazons – caring, as they do, even for the misguided people who try to invade.

And then the following might get used to illustrate their contemplative nature.

The potential is vast and I’m very excited to have an excuse to spend hours online browsing some of my favourite artwork!

The Amazons as a race should be ready for release mid-September with their island paradise coming out late September.

Until next time; happy gaming!


*(which I will recount more fully later)

Busy Building the Website

So, here at The Grinning Frog we are working on the website … clearly! What can you expect when it’s ready?

RPG Workshop: Which outlines the work in progress for the RPG supplements I am producing including new creatures, monsters, races, locations, magic items…I’ve probably forgotten a few things but you get the drift. In short, I will be blogging and talking about the creative journey. And, as those of you who do similar things will know – that’s never a simply journey!

On a metaphorical level I think it’s very similar to the typical adventure that our characters go into – they get an idea (sometimes presented to them), go off in pursuit of it, and during that pursuit get a little bloodied and bruised. And then finally when they reach their destination it isn’t always quite what they expected. Sounds like a typical dungeons and dragons adventure to me!

All views (apart from racist, sexist or anything *ist) are welcome!

RPG Reviews: Now, these will, for the most part, be smaller independent supplements and articles. There are plenty of places reviewing the latest hardback from Wizards of the Coast so my thought, at this stage is to stay clear of that. I will also be reviewing miniatures and gaming accessories. I recognise that not everyone uses these when they game but hey, don’t read that review then! Personally, I love miniatures and any accessory that makes the game go faster and smoother is a plus in my book!

Dungeon Master Thoughts: In those blog I’m going to be sharing ideas, opinions and general gaming thoughts.  The focus will be from the dungeon master side of the table but I will also talk about, and to, you players who never DM. This will be the general discussion catagory and I do hope that indeed there will be some good discussions had. BLogging and writing without feedback is pretty grim so anytime you read something you’d like to comment on then go for it – all views (apart from racist, sexist or anything *ist) are welcome!

So, that’s what is planned … time I went off and started on it…but whilst I have to go and work on the website if you have the time you might enjoy browsing some of our roleplay supplements for sale on the Dungeon Masters Guild.

So far we have produced a short range of NPC supplements, a cunning corridor collection for dungeon masters to challenge, confound and hopefully delight their players with and a range of inspirational maps and stories following the adventures of a thief (he’s old school) called Jimmy the Quick. Entertaining, inspirational and in fact you can get them for free if you want!

Here are links to one of each:

Free introduction and corridor via the above link

Free preview and NPC via the above link

Also available: Human, Tiefling, Dragonborn, Halfing, Goblin

Another 41 available … and all on a Pay What You Want basis – so even free!

Right, off to build the website…

Until next time; happy gaming!