Free GM Resource: Custom Miniature Maker

Free GM Resource: Custom Miniature Maker
I'm of the opinion that one of the "big things" that's a game changer for the average GM is using a 3D printer. 

It's been my experience that most people see 3D printers as a means to directly create things they're already using, mostly minis and terrain. Heck, most of my .stl collection is either terrain or minis, and usually that's what you find when looking for files.

This is why I got a bit excited by Custom Miniature Maker because the files I saw were for tools to create some cool terrain instead of the terrain itself. They have a Patreon, which I did sign up on/for, but on their website they have a Custom Miniature Monday Mailing List. It's a bright green button about halfway down the page (actually shown twice)....the Patreon link is also a bright green button, so be careful of that.

Custom Miniature Maker Tools


Free GM Resources: Full Thrust Project Continuum Game/Ruleset

Free GM Resources: Full Thrust Project Continuum Game/Ruleset
It isn't every day that I get to share a full-blown game as a Free GM Resource.

Full Thrust: Project Continuum is a SciFi Strategy Wargame. Not really my cup of tea, but I'm sure there are plenty who feel otherwise. A quick search says that Full Thrust is available for free, and I don't know how this version fits into the series, but the title page states they have proper permissions from the Copyright holders. It appears that this flavor is combination of two earlier rulesets with a generous helping of house rules.

Cool thing is, if you like what you see here, you can go straight to Ground Zero Games and pick up the earlier rulesets for free. GZG is the place you'll want to pick up *official* starship models. I'm guessing that's where they make their money, so that's a big part of why these rules are free.


Free GM Resource: The Mines of Khunmar

Free GM Resource: The Mines of Khunmar
I've had this saved for a hot minute and just this morning managed to actually download and give a quick scan.

The Mines of Khunmar is a 400ish page adventure campaign that has been in a draft form since maybe 2017. I'll keep it simple....there is a LOT of meat on the bones here and you can get a lot of mileage out of downloading and using this setting location.

Seriously, do not take my word on it, download it and check for yourself.

Nothing to see here...(actually posting in a few)

Nothing to see here...(actually posting in a few)
This blog has really been on the back-burner for a while.....as they say "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Now I'm not going to promise to be back to posting on the regular, but mostly because that's more a "show, don't tell" kind of thing. I can tell my 12 13 readers that I'm fully moved into my new house, although I still have some furniture to get (tomorrow) and boxes to unpack, BUT I'm pretty much done with my work travel for the rest of the year. Moving into a new place and then being on the road for 2/3 of the time since puts a BIG strain on life in general.....


Freebie HackMaster/OSR Mini Adventure

Freebie HackMaster/OSR Mini Adventure
When I get an opportunity to share some gaming goodness from friends of mine, or former acquaintances....hell, people I know even....I'm going to take it.

The other day I found out one of my old HackMaster buddies revamped one of his old blogs/websites that he had been using to host a toolkit/game aid for HackMaster (4th Edition). Recently he put up a short level 1 adventure for HackMaster that is easily convertible for 1st Edition or OSR.

How easy? Take off 20 hitpoints off the top of every monster and while you're at it ignore the ToP stat......should pretty much do it.

The Goblins is a short, 7 page adventure that pits the PCs against a group of Goblins with a mission....(as in the Goblins have a mission......). This adventure shows as having been available since 2019, but Steve just told me about it (albeit not directly) last week, and his site HMTK.com has a few other entries/goodies to read, so.........twofer?


Free GM Resource: Monday Blues Maps from Paratime Design

Free GM Resource: Monday Blues Maps from Paratime Design
I know it's been a while and it is what it is.

The last few weeks I've been seeing some cool "old-school" blue maps from Paratime Design and honestly I thought I'd posted them before and figured I haven't talked about these guys for years, so why not a refresh/additional look?

Well evidently the "Monday Blues" line of maps is not nearly as old as my previous Paratime Design posts, so this is a new look at the line.......

The free maps aren't that big, roughly 7" x 9" at 72 dpi. Not good enough to use in print as-is, but more than enough for a GM to use for planning and on a screen or VTT. The page for each map also has a bunch of applicable notes that are helpful.

If you want a high-res version of the maps, there is a link to a $2 DTRPG file. While not free, $2 for a printable map, assuming you need a printable map, is not bad, not bad at all. Far cheaper than what it will cost to print said map.


Free GM Resource: Free 3d printing files from Iconic Minis.

Free GM Resource: Free 3d printing files from Iconic Minis.

I'm in the middle of a busy work project and trying to buy a new home, so I've been a bit task-saturated, but today I was sent a blog-contact-email with a Free Resource. I'm not one to turn down some good low-hanging fruit.....

Iconic Minis has quite a few free 3d printing .STL files for download. Most of them are minis, but who doesn't want/need more minis, especially at the price of free?!

Iconic Minis does have a Patreon, but as of now only three Patrons. $3 a month for a new mini a week? Sure, they are being given away for free, but that's $3 a month well-spent IMNSHO.


Free GM Resource: OSE Basic Rules

Free GM Resource: OSE Basic Rules

I got an email from Necrotic Gnome telling me about an update to a freebie that is the Old-School Essentials: Basic Rules. After looking through my old posts I realized I hadn't shared the free basic rules for OSE....so that's this week's Free GM Resource.

Now the Basic Rules will only whet your whistle for a little bit, but for the four basic classes you can get at least a couple levels of play out of just these rules, so it's nothing to sneeze at. You'll probably want an adventure as I don't think there is much in the way of monsters in the Basic Rules:

  • The full introduction and character creation rules.
  • The four core human classes: cleric, fighter, magic-user, thief.
  • Full lists of adventuring equipment, weapons, and armour.
  • The rules for dungeon adventures, encounters, and combat.
  • The full rules for spell casting, and the list of 1st level spells.
Still, for the price it's worth checking out. I personally enjoy this particular flavor of OSR and I like the layout and ease of use.