BEST WISHES FOR 2023

Well as they say the ancient Greeks knew better so I am reposting something put on stones thousands of years ago! HEALTH LIFE JOY PEACE HAPPINESS HOPE to all of us for the new year!

RPG Designer for Dungeon Vault Magazine

Since early 2022 i have started a cooperation with Elven Tower and I have been submitting a few pretty innovative adventures that combine four critical aspects: 1. making a semi-permanent magic item that is specific to the adventure so that the pcs won’t be full of magic items and they lose their interest, rarity and…

Jon Hodgson, Beowulf Age of Heroes, designer Interview.

I learnt about the new Beowulf – Age of heroes RPG in 2020 and decided to give it a try finding many new and intriguing facts and innovations from the OGL rules. Actually, I have been playing for a few months and I am delighted with how the game is turning. It is highly epic…

THE COVER/TRIBUTE BANDS AND THE FUTURE OF HEAVY METAL

Heavy metal began as a genre with Black Sabbath back in 1970 (althoughthis could be argued, but we will keep it as a token) fifty-two years ago.The giants of that time are now old men more than seventy (Ozzy andIommi are seventy-four years old!) and many others are near that age,although many have died like…

THE REVENGE OF THE BUCKTEETH

This was a story I wrote for a magazine that was never published. It had two basic axis one had to be in a historical concept based in northern Britain and islands north of Scotland and also be about Samhain the autumn festival of dark magic that is between the autumn equinox and the winter…

My Beowulf campaign homebrew rules

For my ongoing Beowulf campaign, I have created distinctive items for pcs and npcs alike to show immediately their values. Marks of valour and rank All the described below rings have engravings and marking to separate them from the rings received as gifts or barter.  Τhe head rings have symbols of power and runes of…

BEOWULF – AGE OF HEROES RPG

From the moment I first read about this setting, Beowulf – Age of heroes, I realized that I wanted a setting like this to play and dm. Low magic, epic-heroic fantasy and solo! For a long time, I have struggled with players who were not up to my standard and more importantly, a large party…

THE ILLUSIONIST’S FOLLY! (aka The endless dungeon)

The dungeon below was my proposition for a one-page contest that did not win and I put it here for all to read and appreciate. I have used the OGL rules for D&D 5e but it can be modified to suit and medieval-fantasy setting and system. Short description The mad archmage illusionist, Zantroc, had let…

SAVAGE SWORDS HARD COVER EDITION

i received a confidential email that i am allowed into the hardcover beta of Amazon’s KDP a long dream, since every book lover prefers hardcovers over any other format. since June i have been struggling to give this new edition every bit of attention it deserves but doing everything by myself took time. I rewrote…

RED RIVER BLOOD

BLOOD COVERED AND DIMITRIS SOFRONAS INTERVIEW I am a long fan and supporter of the Greek epic/black metal band of Blood Covered, since the first-ever metal concert in my hometown of agrinio in 1993 and buying the first vinyl ep Winterhawk. It was an extreme move for a new band to release a highly expensive…

BLOOD COVERED

We are pleased to announce that we will be interviewing Dimitris Sofronas (aka Cabeza) main artist behind the iconic greek epic/black metal band Blood Covered! Stay tuned…

High Captain Xrays ready!

I know that i had neglected this obligation for years but unfortunately daily routine, family and job is keeping me occupied. However, i managed to take a few hours off and write everything i could. Sixteen new articles expanding Land of Oyr’s universe! Those of you already in possession of the ebook can revisit the…

Our new Podcast!

I just found out about Anchor a service that turns your blog posts into podcasts automatically!!! So, i will start recording most of my posts for those of you who prefer hearing than reading! the first episode is my latest post which you can listen here, or in the post itself!

THE LITTLE BEAR AND THE BABY-SUN-KING

Once upon a time was a little bear, he lived in a little cottage near the enchanted forest with his father papa-bear, his mother mama-bear and his brother baby-bear. It was a cold winter night, outside was snowing heavily, but inside their little house, they celebrated with eating and drinking. After dinner, they went to…

THE END OF THE EAGLES FALLACY

I am not sure who or how this whole “why eagles didn’t took Frodo to Mordor?” thing started but it irritates me greatly so I will try to end it using logic and bibliographic support. The great eagles in middle earth are majestic creatures, messengers of Manwe and beings of honor and intelligence. They existed…

INTERVIEW WITH CIRITH UNGOL AND DRUMMER ROBERT GARVEN

Cirith Ungol is one of the most iconic bands in the epic metal genre. It had achieved cult status not only because of the four masterpieces it gave us during the decade they performed and created, but because it had disappeared for almost thirty years without apparent reasons! The four albums frost and fire (1981),…

Dark Winds of Night ebook is available in amazon!

Finally after many months of pressuring tasks that kept me away from finishing my fifth book i have managed to find few precious hours and i was able to upload the final manuscript. the book is the best i have ever written, darker more mature and with deeper understanding of the art of writing. It…

Between two books and epic metal!

i have myself for yet another time in a situation where although i have ideas ready for my next book i cannot write it until i have published the previous one. it is a slightly pleasing experience when i prepare the cover, the format, the new map, waiting for editing and until the book is…

New Map for upcoming fifth book.

My cartographer Gregory Sheep from Lost in Maps had kindly refurbished my old maps getting them into incredible new styles. the new map is less artistic than the first ones but they are more practical and clear but I love them nonetheless! it is great for a new self-publisher to cooperate with artists that are…