Ghost Lake Preview

Ghost Lake

Here’s a little Gods and Icons preview from Connor Marvin. This and other Unhallowed Places will include sections on using them for both roleplaying and combat settings.

ghost lakeA secluded mountain lake, referred to by locals as “Ghost Lake” due to the number of disappearances, strange lights, and terrifying stories surrounding it, is a day’s hike through rocky mountain terrain. On the surface it appears to be an ordinary lake. Under the lake, however, there is a sunken temple. A spell put on the temple long ago created an invisible bubble surrounding it. Fish still swim through this magic sphere, but once it is entered by air-breathing creatures they fall through to the temple’s grounds and are able to breathe as normal.

The temple compound consists of one central building surrounded by statues. The columns of the central temple have spiraling patterns of snake scales carved in them, and the apex of the temple is surmounted by a stylized pinecone. The statues that surround the temple are carved snakes coiled around each-other into double-helixes, with stone bat-wings emerging from the snakes’ backs near the top. Strings of seaweed float from the lake floor as if in water, and sunlight filters from the surface of the lake forty feet above.

13 Rumors About Ghost Lake

  1. Hell fighter Lord Ikal periodically visits Ghost Lake, and each time, drops in a small, black box.
  2. Those who sleep in the temple enter the dreams of Aurum Rex, king of the metallic dragons.
  3. Dwarf King Thorbal’s banished daughter, Princess Kori, hides in the temple. She’s been changed.
  4. A promise made in the temple must be kept, or one’s very soul is forfeit.
  5. Visiting the temple ensures healthy children.
  6. A ghost dragon guards the lake.
  7. Infernals cannot enter the blue waters. Or leave them.
  8. If you swallow even a drop of the lake water, you will be inhabited by ghosts.
  9. Only the dead can leave the temple.
  10. Black cats surround the lake during full moons, hissing and spitting at the water.
  11. The waters heal broken bones.
  12. Baron Von Vorlatch the vampire necromancer, has cursed the lake.
  13. Dunking yourself in the lake cures all disorders of the mind.

Art by Sparrow Beurer

You can see more of Sparrow Beurer’s art in The Sun Below: Sleeping Lady, on sale now at DriveThruRPG.

Art for Art’s Sake

A little preview of the icon Baron Von Vorlatch for Gods and Icons. The baron rules the barony of Borgostnya for Emperor Roland. He likes the night.

Baron Von Vorlatch 500w

And here’s the new art for The Sun Below Bundle: City on the Edge and Sleeping Lady. Eventually That’s How the Light Gets In will be there as well.

SunBelow2 500w

Gods and Icons Art in Progress

Artist Justin Wyatt (cover artist for The Sun Below: Sleeping Lady) has sent in some sketches for Gods and Icons. I took his rough for the cover and slapped a title and 13th Age Roleplaying Game compatibility license on it. Just to get a feel for what goes where. The final cover will be in color.

Cover Sketch 1

We’ll reuse the art for the three gods above the castle in The Gods Have Spoken: Deities and Domains, as they share the same pantheons.

Of course we’ll want more art, but that’s what Kickstarter stretch goals are for.

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Can I See Myself in your RPG Book?

wordfey - lone fox - StickerAs our hobby grows, I keep running into GMs and players who aren’t the stereotypical gamer of the 1970s. Women, people of color, gays, trans, and even gray-haired oldies.

Which is great! More people to play with, to have fun with, to make friends with.

I have the original white box D&D set, and have been playing since the 70s. When a new player picks up a gaming book, do they see anyone that looks like their family? Images that include them? Or is there that barrier of “this is not for you.”

Well, things are changing. And the lead author on The Gods Have Spoken: Deities and Domains, Vanessa Rose Phin, looks at the new 5E PHB to look at that change. Take a look on her blog. (Vanessa’s also a major contributor to Gods and Icons.)


FlannColorSampleOf course this made me look at Dread Unicorn titles. Purple hermaphrodites are well represented, thank you very much. Numenera takes you out of the stereotypical RPG world in so many ways, art included. Our next titles are more in standard fantasy land, so we’ll see what we can do there to make people feel like this is a game for them.

Some people have told me that if we make an effort to include more kinds of people, we could loose straight white males. Really? I think that’s selling straight white males short. What if my sales are as flat as Star Wars: The Force Awakens?