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New Release: Harphogayth Campaign tool for 5th Edition Fantasy.

7 Nov

I’m back with yet more Grinning Skull Studios publications news for November!

Kicking off this month’s first release is the Harphogayth campaign tool, our very first real foray into material published for 5th Edition Fantasy. Written by Davide Quatrini, this supplement is a heavily inspired Manga/Anime style take on magical possessed power suits.

The Harphogayth supplement is a Science-Fantasy campaign tool which details using the ancient and alien artifacts known as “Harphogayths” in their campaigns.
These arcane power suits hold hidden powers and lore from an ancient lost civilisation and allow you to run campaigns and adventures in a sci-fantasy setting, heavily inspired by Manga/Anime styled fiction.
Detailed are five different and powerful Harphogayth armor suits for both your Players and NPCs.

You can check out this great new PDF here at: RPGnow: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/225967/Harphogayth and DrivethruRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225967/Harphogayth

For more titles in our ranges check out our publisher pages here!!

  

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Grinning Skull’s Link Quest Web Challenge, would you take up the quest?

7 Nov

Well, hello there you lot! I’m back again once more, letting you know about my latest brainfart idea that hopefully will prove entertaining (to say the least!)

I’ll explain in the best way I can, as with all my other ideas, I’m going to throw it out there and see what traction it ends up having, but that will depend entirely on you, my dear audience!

You will remember me telling you that I have been very, very busy, and I can’t emphasise enough that all the time I have available, is not enough to achieve the myriad of tasks I need to do to operate this fledgling operation of mine at a higher frequency. Of course, all the stuff I try and create each month takes time and effort, and doesn’t leave much time for getting the word out there about what I’m up to and what’s been released and such.

I do try to push myself to get the word spread as much as possible, but since I have a lot of hats to wear in this, promoting all things Grinning Skull can fall short when I’m busy creating content, organising schedules, and loads of other mind-numbing tasks needed to keep moving forward. Add to this, since switching my domain here on this site to a dedicated domain (www.thegrinningskull.com) it has literally altered stuff in the search engines, and traffic patterns have changed. A bad thing for getting the word out, as it seems as a lot of the long hours I first put into establishing backlinks and other web type stuff needed to make my voice heard in the many billions of pages in the sea of data on the web, has been unravelled since switching to the new domain.

Indeed, I’m not saying that this will always be the case, I understand that given more time and more effort, it’ll even out once more, but it’ll take time, and more effort, a commodity that I find myself short of right now.

So, I’m implementing a way to help get Grinning Skull get a boost, a way that you could help out, and be rewarded for your efforts too.

It’s called the “Grinning Skull Link Quest Web Challenge”

So then, what the fook am I talking about? Well, I’m looking for some individuals out there to take part in a regular competition to help get the info out there, people willing to take the challenge of posting Grinning Skull related links to the web, to the people that might not have heard or seen what it is we do. I’m not talking about spamming to unrelated sites and so on, just places it’s going to benefit both us and those who would find our content useful.

I’m not a big forum or social media dweller, but I do realise that in this day and age, the importance of this for building a brand and following. Things such as this tend to zap the spare time I have, which I could be used to create more content and push forward on my various plans.

So, I’m looking for a group of willing volunteers to take part in the challenge, to post valid links and backlinks of all things Grinning Skull, and earn themselves the chance to get free stuff as being crowned monthly link quest champion.

Of course, it’s only going to work if I can get a few of you involved, and I also understand that it may all come to naught (If my experience of competition type things is anything to go by, can be an excercise akin to “Pissing in the Wind”!)

So, if you think you’d like to take part, email me via the contact form and let me know. If enough of you get involved we can get the ball rolling and get things started. I’ll keep you informed with the progress as it transpires, and as ever, I’m interested in your thoughts and comments about this, as well as any other Grinning Skull type info!!

Grim.

Grinning Skull Studios October Release Round-Up

4 Nov

Well, as the saying goes, better late than never, indeed we are a few days late in posting the mammoth load of Grinning Skull studios publications that were released last month. I actually think that it’s a new record here, which also leaves us only 31 releases left before we hit 200 Grinning Skull publications in total! Quite a milestone, which I’m pretty confident will easily get smashed to take us over this before 2018 is upon us!

I’m hoping that by the end of 2018, we can get to 400, which would be very cool a target indeed and something I’ll be seriously trying to get to! anyway, enough about the future, let’s talk about the past, hop in my metaphoric time capsule with me and let’s explore October…

First up are two titles for use with those of you who play any sort of Apocalyptic RPG. Aimed at the zombie genre of play, but easily put to use for nuclear aftermath type games, or any other end of the world themed game. Check them out here:

(DriveThruRPG)

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223014/100-Useful-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223015/100-Useless-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=also_purchased&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow)

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223014/100-Useful-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true 

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223015/100-Useless-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Now one for those fans of Steampunk, and introducing a brand new author who I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of in the coming months, Aaron Canton, brings us 100 Airship side quests. You can check it out here:

(DriveThruRPG) http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223759/100-Airship-Side-Quests-for-any-Steampunk-RPG-Campaign?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223759/100-Airship-Side-Quests-for-any-Steampunk-RPG-Campaign?manufacturers_id=8807

October’s Pointless classic title is 100 B-Movies, ideal to fill in background fluff in modern settings, It’s a Pay What You Want Title (as are all Pointless Classics) so technically free to download, although the more generous of you out there can donate a bit (if you want, you don’t have to!) as a special way of thanking us for our kindness at making these available this way!

(DriveThruRPG) http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223736/100-BMovies-playing-at-the-Movie-Theatre-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223736/100-BMovies-playing-at-the-Movie-Theatre-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Number three in our very popular Riddles series focuses on riddles with a modern theme, ideal for all sorts of contemporary games and RPGs, why not even as a fun way to test your mates for the odd hour, 100 riddles 3, complete with answers are available here:

(DriveThuRPG) http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223170/100-Riddles-Volume-3-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223170/100-Riddles-Volume-3-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference title series is a new line, collated to help bring some authentic atmosphere to many different RPG & LARP games. From alternate history, Cthulhu, Steampunk, modern horror and more. These titles have proved to be well received and with much more in the works, we are sure there are a few that you’ll get some use from. All material is taken from the historical record and Public Domain.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique Maps of Great Britain, Poster Map Collection.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique Poster Maps of Europe Poster Map Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique Poster Maps of London Poster Map Collection.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique World Maps- Poster Map Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Victorian Newspaper Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Airship Plans Poster Collection.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Astronomy Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Botanical Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Circus Plans Posters Collection: Clowns

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Circus Posters Collection: Clowns

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Medical Anatomy Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Scientific Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Zoological Poster Collection Vol 1.

3 Collected Bundles of the first title releases are also available at a discount where these titles are sold!!

The series so far can be seen over on our Drive Thru RPG and RPG now Publisher store pages:

(DriveThruRPG): http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios/subcategory/24344_28857/Historical-reference

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios/subcategory/24344_28857/Historical-reference

Finally we are happy to report we now have a publisher page on Drivethru Comics, here we intend to publish classic comic cover collections and reprints from the Public Domain. The first are The Skeletal Spectres Vol 1 collections, 5 3×3 A4 print at home posters in one PDF, plus each of these covers is also available in 5×5 A4 sized versions, and the massive 8×8 A4 posters! Make sure you have some ink in  your printer as the big ones are going to take some printing (If you prefer, just use black ink for a B&W cheaper version, or better still, use someone else’s printer!!)

All these are available at the new DriveThruComics Publisher page: http://www.drivethrucomics.com/browse/pub/8807

Also, I almost forgot to mention this 13 title collection of Dungeon themed titles (I missed it off last month I believe) which can be purchased at both DriveThruRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/222655/Grims-Fantastic-Dungeon-Collection-Bundle-BUNDLE?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

and at RPGnow: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222655/Grims-Fantastic-Dungeon-Collection-Bundle-BUNDLE?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Also, check us regularly for new titles and news!

Busy, Busy, Busy… Lost down the rabbit hole at Grinning Skull Towers…

3 Nov

Busy, Busy, Busy…

Well, as you can imagine, my lack of presence here posting means I’ve been busy and somewhat distracted with all sorts of things of late. Things have been happening that have meant I haven’t had the chance to update the site as much as I’d have liked to.

I’d have liked to put more on here, such as updates and such (and yes, I do have stuff to tell you about!) but organisation isn’t my greatest strong point, so I’ll be posting some catch-up stuff shortly, which I hope some of you will be interested in. Also I’d like to point out that of late the posts that I have been putting out, have to me at least, seem to have been a little salesy-spammy which is something I don’t like to do here that much, I feel that while it’s important to update online current Grinning Skull related merch and releases, good content is king, so loads of adverts don’t sit well and I’d much prefer to put out some articles that I feel that you lot would appreciate and get something out of.

Of course, I’m going to have to advertise my shit, but I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m becoming the metorphorical Jehovas Witness of the hobby world, that annoying twat who’s always flogging their brand of gaming religion to everyone who clearly ain’t listening! It’s a balancing act that is getting more difficult to do, as you appreciate things like Grim’s Dungeons of Doom tutorials take some time and planning to get sorted, so other stuff on the content creation side gets priority over free stuff. that’s not to say that I won’t be posting articles like that, on the contrary, I’m planning right now a new series of tutorials to coincide with my forays into my lot playing Osprey’s Rogue Stars, something which I’m lacking a table full of 28mm Sci-fi scenery and painted models, which need to be done for us to play. Sci-fi terrain making is my preferred theme (as you might have guessed by the 15mm stuff I’ve done on here) but I’m guessing that this will appeal to the 40k crowd as well as other 28mm sci-fi gamers too.

Also, I’m planning a PDF digest or two of “Grim’s Dungeons of Doom” material from the articles already published. I’ll be cleaning it up, adding new bits, articles and pics and collating it in a nice ebook format for download over on our various DriveThruRPG, RPGnow and Wargamevault publisher store pages, and possibly a limited print copy run if there’s a few who are interested.

On the Grinning Skull Miniatures front, there’s also stuff going on, and some of you might know new releases are afoot, last month saw the Little Killa clowns released from Alternative Armies. We are also gearing up for more new releases in the line, B.E.A.R.S., Klorzid mutant plants, more Zarglian Invaders are forthcoming, so expect to see more about these in the near future. Also, whilst I haven’t had much opportunity to get some sculpting done due to time commitments, that is not to say my ideas are dead in the water, and I have a whole heap of mad ideas for other models in the line, and also some more traditional miniatures I’d like to pump out in some way shape or form. The Grinning Skull miniature line was always intended to push the envelope with unusual and weird models that are not seen anywhere else, so expect more in the way of my bizarre brainfarts. Things like Giant Killer babies, Alien Starship crews, genetically modified sentient fruit and veg, plus more additions to the Zarglian Empire, Evil X-TED teddies, malfunctioning robotic psychos, more killer clowns & Circus freaks, more alien monsters and maybe a few Chukk and Oggum too!

Also, I’d like to turn my hand to some more traditional fantasy miniatures, since the Grinning Skull line is more Sci-fi weirdness, I’d like to get some of my trademark stylings into my own interpretation of the usual fantasy fare. I have tons of concept sketches and notes for things like Trolls, Goblins, and some of my own inventions I’ve come up with.
Grimlins (a imp-like race of demonic creatures), Trolkyn (Small troll related infantry that would serve as Goblin and Orc Proxies) and Monstaaz (Comedy demonesque minion critters that would serve as cannon fodder in chaos or demon armies) Couple these with a load of big beasties, Trolls, Ogres, Giants, Minotaurs, and a whole heap of my interpretations of creatures, and you have what I’d like to call something like “Fantasical Freaks” or “Brain Damage” Miniatures, a separate line from Grinning Skull Minis, but how long it’ll be before these ideas will materialise into the real world is unknown as yet, but it’s part of my long-term plan. Maybe these will figure in a future Kickstarter or Indiegogo crowdfunder, although this time it’ll be better planned and executed!

However, ideas are one thing, doing the legwork or simply having time and resources to bring these into the flesh are another. I’m resonably confident 95% or more of these will see the light of day, that is providing new things don’t take precedence over them or I kick the bucket, or something strange happens (Alien abduction, trapped in a mirror realm, dimensional wormhole, lost in a prehistoric world etc.)

On top of all this, we’ll be ploughing ahead with more PDF releases as usual, as we head to almost 200 titles, I want to celebrate this milestone, with something special around the new year (Got a few ideas, but you’ll have to wait) and plans for more to come in 2018, plus I want to see if we can get to 400 before 2018 is out!!

As ever, I welcome your comments, ideas, feedback, and thoughts, plus I’m always up for collabs and such like projects if you’re interested in stuff like that!

Next up will be an October End of the month round-up, plus More Grinning Skull Miniatures stuff.

Grim.

New Release: 100 Things Killer Toys do, when your back is turned for all Modern Horror RPGs.

5 Sep

Just a quick post to let you know about the next release from Grinning Skull Studios, Following on from the previous release, we still have some killer toy flavour, penned by Allen Farr, 100 Things Killer Toys do when your back is turned, forall Modern Horror RPGs. This pdf details 100 solid ideas for sinister goings on at the hands of such murderous creations!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/220429/100-Things-Killer-Toys-do-when-your-back-is-turned-for-all-Modern-Horror-RPGs?src=hottest_filtered

Check out our other titles from our growing ranges by visiting our publisher pages by clicking the links in the side menu, or the link buttons below!

  

 

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