How soft your fields so green…


I should have been writing today, but this crawled out instead…


#RPGaDay2017 Day 12: What RPG has the most inspiring interior art?


Day 12: What RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

One of my favorite things about rpgs is the artwork, how it informs and inspires, so this question is a tough one because there are so many great games to choose from.

Mulling over the games I own — all the various D&D, Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, The Riddle of Steel, Middle-Earth, A Song of Ice & Fire, and on and on — I’m going to settle on <insert drumroll>…


Let’s face it, Modiphius really pulled out all the stops, hiring some of the best known, and Conan-connected, artists in the field. Take a look at some of Tim Truman’s work and you’ll see what I mean—



tim truman

Here are some more samples —






This is a book that positively drips with inspiration, from the remarkable cover art and throughout all the interior renderings. It’s a beautiful book and a terrific game.

Heck, I’m getting excited just thinking about it.


Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Cover Art by Aaron Riley

critical role poster

Who wouldn’t want this hanging in their game room?

Well, now you can.

This smashing cover art from Green Ronin’s  Tal’Dorei Campaign Guide, illustrated by fan-favorite artist Aaron Riley, is available for purchase in a number of sizes and ranging in price from $15 – $80.

This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.

Visit IN PRINT to bring this brilliant work home for you and your party to be inspired by.



This past weekend, I had the pleasure of contributing to a web-feature on Horror Delve titled Ultimate Fantasy Creature List, sort of a companion to last year’s Ultimate Fantasy Weapons List.

For ‘Creature’ I tackled the draugr, providing both a very brief overview of the wight in question and a bit of artwork as well. I thought you might like a better look at the illustration… Not my best work, but fun nonetheless.



Happy Birthday, Frank Frazetta


February 9, 1928 — May 10, 2010

If I were to make a list of my Top 5 Influences, there is zero doubt that Frank Frazetta would be one of the first names to be included. I bought books, magazines, and albums based solely on his artwork, content be damned. His illustrations covered my walls, fired my imagination, and haunted my dreams.

Frank painted with a primal spirit and feral sexuality that was infectious. No artist had the impact on me that Frank Frazetta had. He created whole worlds with a brushstroke…





An idea for a T-Shirt up top and an announcement below it.

I’ve been trying to run three blogs and various other social media accounts for a while now. It’s really not been working out as I’d hoped. I’ve been proud of some of the things posted here on Dice Upon a Time, but as more and more of my focus drifts toward the creation of OCCULT DETECTIVE: The Roleplaying Game, it seems that those things would be better addressed at

I will still use this blog for #RPGaDay in August and other industry related events, like Tabletop Day and the like. I’ll also make periodic announcements here.

This is all to say that, yes, this site will be addressed less frequently and a lot of RPG content, especially as relates to OD:TRPG, will appear on the mothership from here on, but Dice Upon a Time is not being abandoned.

I’ll just be more scarce… which, I suppose, you’ve already noticed.

As we close out 2017, let’s see how the world turns and adjust accordingly.