Free GM Resource: Dwarf Fortress

Free GM Resource: Dwarf Fortress
This week's Free GM Resource is a bit of twofer again....but not really...maybe more of a singular resource with a couple of applications (pun intended).

Dwarf Fortress is a free game that has been around a while and by the accounts I've heard about, quite a detailed game. Now first off you just have the basic enjoyment you can get out of any game, but evidently Dwarf Fortress makes some rather detailed randomized game maps that you could re-purpose for your table-top RPG.

Here's a blog post specifically about using Dwarf Fortress to make RPG maps.


Sweet Paper Terrain Sale You Need to Check Out!

Sweet Paper Terrain Sale You Need to Check Out!
Special Note: I'll be posting a Free GM Resource later this week

I can only speculate that Tom Tullis, from Fat Dragon Games, went a little overboard on GenCon expenses (either that or "expenses"...like bail) because FDG is offering a too-good-to-be-true sale of all of their PDF terrain.

2018 Paper Mega Bundle for no more than $39.99!

To say this is a good deal is a bit of an understatement because the original price on all this stuff is over $300! If that isn't enough to make you stop by DTRPG, the sale already takes into account stuff you're already purchased, hence the "no more than $39.99"!

Wow.....with the money you save you could also purchase a decent color printer and just go to town!


Free GM Resource: Static Grass Applicator (V2) Plans/Build

Free GM Resource: Static Grass Applicator (V2) Plans/Build
My house is still way too packed and I'm in training at my new job, so there's a reason the Frugal GM is behind the curve with posts. My new game room/office is still a work in progress, but I hope to at least have the new desk squared away this weekend. Then I can stop trying to do everything off of my laptop and backup drive.

Of course my 12 readers probably don't care about that...(tough, I'm sure I'll post pics of game room progress because I can!)...they want the freebies.

This week's Free GM Resource is just some information, albeit some (I think) cool information: how to build a static grass applicator. I've seen some DIY static grass applicators a couple of times now and this one is the most DIYest and best finished result that I've seen yet. A lot of GMs make their own terrain, or paint their own miniatures, or more than likely try to make/do these things but.....

Flocking terrain and mini bases really makes home game table efforts look more polished and/or professional. For years my go-to was to just lay down some glue and sprinkle the grass on and call it good. Well, "good" might not be the best adjective, but it beats having to purchase little grass tufts.

B.C.R. Model Scenery Made Easy is a website devoted to model scenery (duh), but in my experience that usually means model trains. This site is well worth poking around, but I'm specifically highlighting the Static Grass Applicator Version 2. The build video is well-made and there are some additional videos highlighting using the applicator.


Free GM Resource: Beyond Skyrim Bruma OST

Free GM Resource: Beyond Skyrim Bruma OST
This week's Free GM Resource is a freebie soundtrack that I think would find some great use as background "mood music" at any Fantasy RPG table. Beyond Skyrim Bruma is a HUGE add-on/mod for Skyrim. From what I've heard it's basically a huge piece of add-on content that is practically a whole game worth of content unto itself.

The freebie is the soundtrack for the mod and it's huge as well. Sixty (60!) tracks which are mostly background scores, but there are also some bard songs, which I found intriguing because while I've been able to find a decent amount of background music....what I would consider "foreground music".....not so much. Sound effects, yes...music...no.

You should really check out Beyond Skyrim Bruma Original Game Soundtrack. The cool thing is you can preview all the tracks to see if this is a free download you want taking up space on your hard drive. I think you will want it.....

....and We're Back! Did You Miss Me?

....and We're Back! Did You Miss Me?
First off, I know that I pretty much took two whole months off from this blog when I was only expecting to take one off. A short-notice job opportunity popped up and it was pretty much a one-in-a-lifetime good deal that I couldn't pass up. I had to quit one job, pack up and sell my house, move across country, and get settled in.

That was the month of May in a nutshell. The job was to start on June 1st and when I showed up for work......I didn't have a job. It was a bit of a hot mess that got sorted by mid June and now I'm busy with all the required training for the new gig. Most of my household is still in boxes because I couldn't bring most of my furniture and I've been holding off until my old house finally closes so I can buy/build the furniture I need. I will publicly state that I already have a dedicated gaming room and I think it'll rock when it is done.

Even though I don't have my normal elaborate computer setup I can get by with my laptop, so we're back on schedule for regular updates.


Frugal GM will be a bit quiet for the month of May

Frugal GM will be a bit quiet for the month of May
Just a quick admin post to let all 12 of my readers know that I'm needing to take an unscheduled hiatus pretty much for the month of May.

Got some high-level time sucks that necessitate me being away from this blog and gaming at least (but highly unlikely more than) until the end of May. Since this is personal type stuff I probably won't explain here, but if you know me in real life and HAVE to know what's going on, shoot me an email or text and I'll fill you in.

It's a mix of good & bad stuff that I just have to deal with. I promise this is a temporary thing.


Get This Awesome Map for Only $1 (Limited Time Offer)

Get This Awesome Map for Only $1 (Limited Time Offer)
Just a quick note that Heroic Maps is selling a cool 20" x 30" battlemap for only $1 in celebration of International Tabletop Day.

I have no clue how long this sale will last, but at a buck you need to jump on this thing. Great for printing off and VTT use!

Click on any of the graphics in this post or use this link.

Get This Awesome Map for Only $1 (Limited Time Offer)
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Free GM Resource: Les' Wash Recipe

Free GM Resource: Les' Wash Recipe
I'm being quite selfish with this week's Free GM Resource, which is basically just some free information that will cost you a little bit should you try to use it, but the results are well worth the price.

It's selfish because I had completely lost track of this information so when I needed to use it I was back to square one and not having a clue how to use the materials I had acquired.

The free info is how to make some awesome mini/terrain washes. The details can be located at a couple of different places, but if you don't save/print them you can be totally lost when the time comes.....much like I was.

These washes were for sale and then they weren't and then maybe they were, but the links I checked were no good....


You will need:
  • Distilled Water (grocery store)
  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Liquitex Flow-Aid Fluid Additive
  • Plastic Squeeze Bottle
  • Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Water-Resistant Artist's Ink
  • Large Plastic Squeeze Filler Bottles
  • Recipe notebook so you can write down custom mixes
  • All recipes use 1 oz bottles. Adjust to whatever size you decide to go with.

  1. Fill 1 filler bottle with Matte Medium, the other with a 10:1 Distilled Water and Flow Aid.
  2. Fill the 1oz Dropper Bottle half way with Matte Medium then fill the rest of the way with the Water/Flow Aid mix leaving a little room for the ink drops so you dont over flow.
  3. Every bottle uses this combination to start with.
  4. Shake inks well before adding them to the mix.

  • Soft Body Black: 20 drops Black
  • Heavy Body Black: 60 drops Black
  • Parchment: 40 Drops Flesh Tint
  • Flesh Wash: 40 Drops Burnt Umber
  • Dark Sepia: 40 Drops Sepia
  • Blue: 40 Drops Rowney Blue
  • Green: 40 Drops Dark Green
  • Purple: 40 Drops Purple Lake
  • Stone - 60 Raw Sienna: 20 Black
  • Ruby - 60 Flame Red: 20 Black
  • Armor Wash - 60 Sepia: 20 Black
  • Sapphire - 60 Rowney Blue: 20 Black
  • Baby Poop - 60 Flame Orange: 20 Black
  • Alagae - 60 Dark Green: 20 Black
  • Sewer Water - 60 Burnt Umber: 20 Black
  • Amethyst - 60 Purple Lake: 20 Black
  • Concrete - 60 Flesh Tint: 20 Black
  • Storm Cloud - 60 Turquoise: 20 Black
If you want to see examples of these colors, check out this page (this is the guy's blog, so poke around for some other awesomeness while you are there).