Monday, 30 April 2012


I figured what better place to showcase this poster than here? This was a design project that I did in university back in 2007. It's something I keep meaning to come back to and redesign and throw in a few more nerds. I actually illustrated two more a few years back, but never added them in.

As a side note, you may notice that every entry has the name Greg in it in one form or another. For the record, this was created years before I started work on Barrowmaze!

Make sure you right-click and "view image" to see it full size.


Sunday, 29 April 2012


Thought I'd post some old artwork of mine, trying to keep it tied in with fantasy or gaming.

First up we have The Soldier and Death, inspired by a scene from Jim Henson's series The Storyteller.

Next up is an illustration I titled Hot RAM, Cold Caffex, inspired by my Shadowrun days, but I thought it sort of had an OSR look to it.

And finally, the weary old paladin. This was a just a sketch I found in one of my old sketchbooks and I thought I'd share it.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Works in progress...

Between my day job, side contracts, and work on Barrowmaze II, I've also started up a few personal projects that will hopefully make an appearance on Indiegogo in the coming months. Needless to say, I'm pretty busy.

I've been looking to make work for myself that combines my almost 3 decades of gaming experience, graphic design background and love for illustration. I'm finding that burying myself in this type of work is really enjoyable and leads to more ideas than I know what to do with. It also counters my day job, which is graphic design and illustration, but the final word is given by marketers (which I'd like to blog about at a later time,  how I think it relates to the current condition of D&D, and how my outlook on game design directly relates to graphic design).

So here's a sneak peek at my work desk, two projects are directly related to OSG, one of which you'll probably be able to guess right away what it is that I'm doing.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Work on Barrowmaze II Continues...

Doing up some map work, and hoping to finish up inking another monster entry, and maybe finish a pencil. I can't show you what I'm doing, so I'm posting these two drawings I did back in 2005.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Since my gaming table quote mentioned HP Lovecraft, I thought I'd put up some illustrations I did about three years ago inspired by the man himself. Enjoy...

Things Said Around the Gaming Table #003

Player 1 How does it look?
DM I'm not sure, it's indescribable.
Player 1  Thanks, HP Lovecraft.

Things Said Around the Gaming Table #002

DM I allow spell casters to wear armour in my campaign, as long as there's nothing on their arms.
Me Like a wizard's tank top?

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

A taste of Barrowmaze II

At the moment I'm sworn to secrecy on my illustrations for Barrowmaze II, but I can show you this previously released image.

I have an "old school D&D illustrations" devoted sketchbook that is quickly filling up. Plenty more to come in the future...

Things Said Around the Gaming Table #001

Player 1 I call out to — what's your character's name again? Dirk Swordman?

Hence the name of this blog. (For the record, his name was Flint Osterwald, but he did have a big-ass sword)

Abandon hope all ye who enter here...

Well, this is it, the first official posting. Welcome to the nerdery. I'm here to spread my geekery to the interwebs, with a focus on old school gaming.

I'll be posting illustrations, my thoughts relating to geekery, things I've recorded from around the gaming table, and updates on a bunch of old school gaming projects in the works, and a few that are on the horizon.

Currently I am illustrating and mapping for Greg Gillespie's Barrowmaze II. If you haven't already checked out his blog, or contributed to his indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the book (even I did, and I'm illustrating for it!) go do it now! I can thank him for my renewed interest in OSG, and illustrating for fun.