Dev Diaries – Designing through design

I’m on to thinking about skills and professions now, and whilst my thoughts have still to settle and land on something, I decided to switch mental mode and design a page layout for the game that doesn’t exist yet. I enjoy doing design & layout, and Affinity Publisher makes this a pleasure. So this mockup […]

Dev Diaries – Secondary Considerations

A character in my steampunk ttrpg system (which I really need to come up with a name for soon…) is defined by four primary attributes: Fortitude, Dexterity, Wits and Charisma. Of course, those alone aren’t enough to describe each character’s specific variances and abilities. They will have professions and skills that describe a little bit […]

Dev Diaries – All About The Numbers

Now I have settled on the attributes in my steampunk system, I am now thinking about how players will use them. At the end of the day, I want this to be a D20 system, with most player actions requiring a roll to meet or exceed a target number. I’m fond of Paizo’s approach to […]

Last Christmas

The second of my Call of Cthulhu scenarios to be based on an idle social media post I made, Last Christmas is a one-shot scenario that takes a single premise and stretches into a full-blown investigation. ‘A scenario that is a literal interpretation of the lyrics to Last Christmas by Wham’ was the guilty post […]

Dev Diaries – Being Human

One of the first things I’m looking at in detail as part of my steampunk ttrpg system design is character creation. More specifically, how the game models characters. Classic for a reason Thinking about this, I realise how much of a work of inspired genius the original D&D concept was, to the extent that the […]

Lady Jessica returns

Several years ago, I wrote a series of short pulpy steampunk novellas very much inspired by Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly and other episodic ensemble TV shows. I had a blast with it, and enjoyed the worldbuilding of my alt-history version of the ‘Grand British Empire.’ Now, my focus has switched to tabletop roleplaying game […]

Careful what you Tweet for – The Real Housewives of Arkham

It’s not the first time. An idle tweet, made in jest, which ends up firing some overactive part of my imagination and results in something actually seeing the light of day. The last time it happened was when someone on Twitter asked me if I only wrote horror, to which I replied that I also […]

Dean Cemetery

One of the most gothic and spellbinding cemeteries in Edinburgh.

Linlithgow Loch

Linlithgow Loch is the largest freshwater loch in the Lothians, overlooked by the remains of Linlithgow Palace in the heart of the town.

River Almond

Some photos from a walk along the bank of the River Almond in autumn, as it flows through the Almondell Country Park in West Lothian.

Twitter Flash Fiction

A collection of flash fiction stories from my Twitter, based on some random old photos in my library… Elsie and the Swan Every year, this day, this bench, since his passing. He’d loved feeding the birds. She’d always been a bit scared of them, especially the big ones. Neck arched down, he turned back to […]

The Burry Man – 33% OFF

My latest Call of Cthulhu scenario is now available for purchase and download on DriveThruRPG. A horrific journey from South Queensferry to the uninhabited Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, it presents terrible dangers and challenges for 1920s investigators as they race against time to prevent a terrifying ritual from being completed. As […]