Welcome to the world of the Forsaken Realms. A world where the veil between the living and dead grows ever thinner. Beyond The Veil, the souls of the dead have long been denied ascendency to the afterlife since the gods departed
I wanted the Alkainos heavenly host back story to be full of tragedy, quarrels, desires and intrigue. Although the gods have (mostly) left the world, their imprint remains everywhere. They are actively worshipped, but no longer hear the calls of
My goal with Alkainos is to build a fantasy world from the bottom up. I wanted to start with a world rooted in the history of our own, which hopefully would give it some believability and consistency ‘baked-in’. Then, as
I realise I haven’t updated in a while, so this is just a quick post to update on progress and introduce the beginning of my new game: Wyrm Slayer – An Alkainos Micro Adventure….
After playing with Inkarnate maps, and loving their ease of use – I’ve decided that I’ll use that to do all my maps moving forwards. The nearest competitor I could find is Campaign Cartographer – which I’d love to investigate more,
I’ve just completed my first short story set int he world of Alkainos. Well, when I say ‘completed’ I really mean ‘finished tinkering for now’. You can read it (and download a PDF version) here: ‘Fastaus – A Cautionary Tale’.
One of the reasons I liked the idea of developing my own fantasy world for my games was the opportunity to get back into drawing to help flesh out the aesthetic and background. I used to enjoy drawing in my
At an early stage of my world development, I was keen to have gunpowder weapons in use, but not dominate in battles. I still wanted archers and cavalry, but also some cannon and gun. How could it be possible to
I thought it might be interesting to track the evolution of my world map as it matures. This is my original map – sketched out on a piece of paper in a Travelodge in deepest Devon in the autumn of
A Cautionary Tale All that Glitters is not Gold A tale set in the Kingdom of Balcia in the land of Alkainos
From first reading Lord of the Rings in primary school (some, oh.. almost four decades ago), I have long been captivated by Fantasy Worlds. My teen years were spent reading books by Tolkien, Moorcock and Howard, to a metal soundtrack