New Blog about Fantasy Map and RPG Design

edited November 2013 in General Discussion
Hello everyone!

Been away for a while so some of you may not know me, but I used to be quite active in the forums here some years ago. At some point I plan to return and "fix my site": which sadly has been adversely affected by the reforge. At the moment though I just wanted to let people know that I am starting a new wordpress blog on the topics of fantasy map creation and RPG game design.

I've been creating maps for several years now and have done some professional commissions and have authored several tutorials on the topic (you can check out my portfolio "here": I'll be re-posting these up at my blog and going more into depth about the process of creating fantasy world, regional and town maps using freely available software.

I'm also in the process of creating a sort of "rules light" version of the D&D 3.5e rules intended to foster a more fast paced, grim and gritty mode of game-play (think swords and sorcery). I'm nearly finished with the Players Handbook beta rules and will be hosting those at my site. I'll be throwing up information on this system and all sorts of content related to it in the weeks ahead.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please come check out what I'm doing over at "ars phantasia": and let me know what you think.

-Arsheesh (aka Tad Davis)


  • twiggyleaf
    Posts: 1,990
    Glad to see you are still active, Tad!

    CURRENT CAMPAIGN: "Mysteria": - set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.
    Previous CotM Aug 2012: "Shimring":

    "I met a traveller from an antique land....."

    CotM May 2016: Mysteria: set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.

    Previous CotM Aug 2012: Shimring: High Level Multiplanar Campaign

    Inner Council Member

  • arsheesh
    Posts: 850
    Thanks Twigs! Yup, still around. At some point in the near future I intend to get back to work on my OP site Age of Legends, but for now getting this blog up and running is on my priority list. I'll be adding content on a fairly regular basis.

  • GamingMegaverse
    Posts: 2,994
    So awesome to see you back on the boards- we have missed your input!!

    Just trying to help out.

  • arsheesh
    Posts: 850
    Thanks Killer! Hope to be a bigger part of the Portal in the coming year. It's great to see familiar faces again :).
  • ketherian
    Posts: 203
    Yay you're back!

    Looking forward to reading the new blog.
  • arsheesh
    Posts: 850
    Thanks so much Ketherian!
  • saethone
    Posts: 153
    welcome back arsheesh. Age of Legends really inspired a huge part of the community here I think. It'll be great to have you back!

    "Theophagie": - Houseruled D&D 3.5 in Alternate History Earth
    "Zeroed": - GURPS Cyberpunk-Sci-Fantasy
  • gaaran
    Posts: 740
    You're alive! Yay! Welcome back, and I will be sure to check out your mapping blog. I know you were rather new to it all back when we were getting involved in the cartographer's guild, but to see how far they've come... they're crazy good!

    Welcome back, friend!
  • arsheesh
    Posts: 850
    @ Saethone, thanks! Glad to be back, and not forgotten. BTW, I only had a minute to check them out but you've got some very nice looking sites!

    @ Gaaran, yup, still kicking. I'm hoping to update the blog on a regular basis. The blog is not only about map-making, but also about RPG design and theory. As I work out the quirks of my revised D20 system I'll be posting content related to various game mechanics. For instance, today's topic was all about the best way to determine and track initiative, and the difference it makes to game-play.
  • Pils
    Posts: 149
    It's fantastic Arsheesh!


    Dark Sun ● La Décade des Héros : Face the Fire of the Dark Sun... a World ravaged by Sorcery! (CotM - Dec 2012)

    Les Royaumes Oubliés : A D&D 5e old school style Forgotten Realms campaign!

    (And I'm so soooorry for my poor english...)

  • arsheesh
    Posts: 850
    Thanks Pils!

  • Savannah
    Posts: 188
    Huh, apparently I never commented here. I agree with Pils.
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