Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess Released!

Hi everyone! I am excited to announce that Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, an adventure for Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea, has been released in pdf. Authored by yours truly, FFotCG takes characters into the sword & sorcery lost-world of the Lemurian Remnant, where they will encounter dinosaurs, barbarians, monkey-men and nameless terrors as they seek the fabled feathered crown! The module comes in at 60 pages stocked with gorgeous art by +Del Teigler, +Jonathan Bingham, and +Glynn Seal.

If you backed the North Wind Adventures Kickstarter, you should have received download links for the modules you backed. If not, Forgotten Fane as well as Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes and Beneath the Comet can be purchased at DriveThruRPG/RPGNOW for $10 each! Print copies will be released for sale soon as well and will be available North Wind Adventures!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Author James Ward Needs Our Help

James Ward, author of AD&D Deities and Demigods, Greyhawk Adventures, Metamorphosis Alpha, and many other books, has been a contributor in the hobby since the earliest days. His work has been an inspiration to me and I can imagine that many of you would say the same. Jim recently posted the following on his Facebook page:

"Got terrible news today. I need lots more hospital time with several more foot operations. How am I ever going to get work done in a situation like this. Bills are mounting and I have to be home to get much work done. I don't remember when I have been this miserable."

In the wake of this announcement, several members of the gaming community have started benefit auctions or raffles - proceeds of each of these to go to Jim Ward and his family to help with medical expenses. If you have a few extra dollars for a worthy cause, please consider helping out. Links provided.

James Spahn is raffling off two print "work copies" of his excellent White Star science fiction game. He has announced this raffle on Google+.

Taylor Frank of the Dungeon Lord blog has three separate offers, including Metamorphosis Alpha Deluxe Collector's Edition boxed set and some DCC material.

Spread the word for this worthy cause.

Edit - I've just seen that the is a GoFundMe account set up for Jim, for anyone that wants to donate directly.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Raven God Games Logo

I have been working on a logo for a few months now and have decided to go with the image below. Font may change at some point, but for now, I like it, and you can expect to see it on some upcoming RPG releases! Inspiration is drawn from viking head carvings which have been found on building posts, wagons, ships and the like. Let me know what you think!
Copyright 2015, Joseph D. Salvador III

TOMBSTONE RPG Playtest Released!

Just wanted to drop a quick note here for any who have not seen it already. Corey Ryan Walden's TOMBSTONE RPG, a wild west game inspired by the likes of Boot Hill, has been released as an Alpha Playtest. The game is very easy to learn and includes several character types that can represent nearly any type of character, or they may be expanded on due to the game's simplicity. Sections on character creation, skills, combat and judging teach you the game, and the town of Silverton and scenarios are offered to get you started! 57-pages of western mayhem!

If you are interested in giving the playtest a look, head over to his blog for the free download. Corey is looking for feedback as well, so if you give the game a whirl at the table, drop him a line with your experience (coreyryanwalden(at)gmail(dot)com).

Cover of Corey Ryan Walden's Tombstone RPG

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The town of Silverton, AZ (Tombstone RPG)

Just a quick update concerning the work I'm doing for Corey Ryan Walden for his upcoming Tombstone RPG. He's hoping to have a playtest version completed by the end of the year. I, for one, am looking forward to it! Head over and check out his blog for updates, reviews and general role-playing talk. The map of the town of Silverton is complete (more or less) and I present it here for your perusal. Enjoy!

And here's another piece of Eric Wilson's art for the project, absolutely fantastic work.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tombstone: A Wild West RPG - WIP

I have recently been at work on a pair of maps for Corey Ryan Walden's upcoming game Tombstone, a game that uses a 3d6 mechanic for action resolution. I have not yet seen the playtest version, but Corey discusses the game at some length on his blog (click above). Seems to be inspired by the classic Boot Hill RPG from TSR!

This work in progress is a small mining town to be detailed in Tombstone RPG. Just a photo for now, I'll post another update when its closer to completion. I'll also be doing a map of the United States just after the Civil War, which I am looking forward to!

Corey also sent along a few images he had commissioned from Erik Wilson to display here. The art is superb and has the perfect look for a wild west game! Enjoy!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea Adventures

Around December 2013 I wrote up a miniature setting as an add-on for the Hyperborea campaign setting. This micro setting was called the "Lemurian Remnant" and introduced a tropical lost world filled with dinosaurs and people of pseudo-Asian derivation. For inspiration, I drew from Burroughs and Doyle, and also read through the relevant sections from Blavatsky and other nineteenth - century theosophists. I sent the short manuscript off to +Jeff Talanian, creator of AS&SH and owner of North Wind Adventures, looking for approval and permission to send the material into AFS Magazine or Fight On!. A few weeks later I received a reply from Jeff and was surprised by his enthusiasm and even more astonished when he asked that I write an adventure module for official publication. 

Of course I said "yes," and started crafting the adventure that would become Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess, packing it with pirates, kung-fu monks, dinosaurs, monkey-men and pulp adventure on an unexplored island. I hope you find it as fun to play as it was to create.

Forgotten Fane includes a full adventure, new deities, monsters, and equipment, as well as a complete description of the Lemurian Remnant micro-setting. I produced all digital maps in the module, while Glynn Seal of +MonkeyBloodDesign made a hand-drawn player's map. Cover art by well-known comic artist Val Semeiks with interior art produced by +Del Teigeler (Mavfire's Art Blog)and Johnathan Bingham.

The Hyperborea Adventure Three Pack Kickstarter is live and my module has the honor of being offered next to Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes, by Jeff Talanian, and Beneath the Comet, by Ben Ball. There is very little risk in this Kickstarter, as all of the writing, editing and art has been completed. The only thing that remains is layout, printing and shipping! Please, offer any support you can and help spread the word!

Join the conversation at the Hyperborea Forums!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lava Geomorph

So, after getting on the bandwagon late, being out of town over the weekend and coming down with a lovely head cold, I was unable to finish my entry for the Geomorph Map Contest over at Inkwell Ideas. Oh well, next time. But you guys don't lose out! Here is my LavaMorph, now in three versions. These are free for personal use. Best of luck to all who entered!

Color LavaMorph jpeg

Black & White LavaMorph jpeg

Parchment Lavamorph jpeg

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One Page Dungeon Entry

I just submitted my entry to this year's One Page Dungeon Contest, titled In the Moon Bog. Despite the name similarity to the Lovecraft tale, it draws no inspiration from that story. Of course, readers may note some HPL influence hidden in there regardless.

When I decided to enter the contest, I knew I wanted to do something more than a simple dungeon. In the Moon Bog is designed to be a mini sand-box campaign, with only one encounter area drawn up in detail. Other areas noted on the map can be fleshed out however the referee chooses, and may be perfect for utilizing other one-page dungeons. That's my hope anyway. Hope you all find it useful.

The adventure is kind of gonzo science-fantasy, suitable for any old-school D&D or games like Mutant Future, Gamma World and the like. I chose not to determine any statistics for the adventure, so it is up to the referee to stat and scale the adventure to his system of choice. After the contest ends, I may revisit this to stat the adventure out.

The maps were drawn by hand and altered digitally (corrections, text and shading). I chose not to use a scale or hexes, allowing the referee to make his or her own decision on the matter. The Moon Bog may be a two-mile area or a 50-mile wide maze of marsh. Layout done with Scribus.


Grab it here:
In the Moon Bog (pdf)

EDIT: I noticed that some of the italic fonts were not reading correctly. I updated the file on 4/25.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Hello everyone and thanks for visiting!
I have created this blog to discuss projects I am working on, both personal and professional, as well as to display my cartography and (sometimes) art. I am looking for freelance work in the role-playing industry and have years of experience with a number of different systems. Feel free to contact me for projects at ravengodgames@gmail.com!

My work can currently be seen in issue #6 of  AFS Magazine and I have an adventure module upcoming from North Wind Adventures, titled Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess for the Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea game. Inspired by the classic module Isle of Dread, pulp literature, wuxia films and the lost world tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Abraham Merritt and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Forgotten Fane provides a pulp adventure, a complete add-on micro-setting, and a handful of new monsters and equipment specific to the setting. This will be available via Kickstarter, along with two other adventures (Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes by Jeffrey Talanian and Beneath  the Comet by Ben Ball) soon and I will be sure to notify everyone here.

I can regularly be found haunting the AS&SH forums, the Original D&D Discussion forums, Dragonsfoot, and the Delving Deeper forums. I'm also on Google+!