Justin David Russell

is creating RPG MAPS

33

patrons

$103

per creation
(Please note that all materials published here are for private use only. They are the express property of Justin David Russell. If you are interested in publishing my work, please contact me privately)


VOTING FOR THE 'RANDOM ENCOUNTERS ANNUAL MAP COLLECTION' IS NOW LIVE FOR PATRONS!
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019

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Sample Daily Map
WHO I AM AND WHERE I GET MY INSPIRATION
My name isJustin David Russell. I run a freelance fantasy illustration business, Epic Werkes Studio. I am inspired by classic fantasy literature and classic fantasy role playing games. My favourite thing about tabletop rpgs is that I can blend my love of art with my love of literature. I get to write and illustrate my own stories! The best way I can share that inspiration with you is to provide tokens, maps, and stories for use with your own tabletop and online rpgs.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PATREON
Freelance is my life. It is the only thing I have ever wanted to do for a career. My next move is to attend the Illustration Master Class. You can help me by pledging here. Funds also go toward helping me purchase art supplies and pay odd bills.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
  • Help Inspire Maps: At the beginning of the month, I ask patrons pledging $1.50+ to provide me with a word I can use to build a map around. It has proven to be a challenging and unique way to kickstart my imagination.
  • FREE Maps: I provide quality old school maps that are free for personal use. Files are released to the public as low-res (100 dpi) .jpgs with hooks and/or flavour text.
  • Monthly Magazine: At the beginning of each month, I release a 'Random Encounters Map Collection' PDF magazine containing the previous month's maps, in higher resolution (300 dpi), with all flavour text, for $3 patrons. I keep the magazine up until patrons are charged, then take down the prior month's issue and release the new one. Back issues are available for sale, and low-resolution versions are available as pay-what-you-want from DrivthruRPG.
  • Live-streams: Live-streaking is a feature open to patrons of all levels. Curious how I make my maps? Want to ask me questions and/or help me come up with maps? Or do you just want a place to hang out for an hour and watch a cool video? Whichever it is, check out my live-streams to join in the fun. Videos are made public after each stream.
  • Milestones Rewards: Whenever I reach a milestone goal, everyone benefits! I offer some sort of reward to thank you for your continued support!

YOU CONTROL HOW YOU PLEDGE
1. What you are charged for: Your support is on a per-creation basis.
2. Frequency of content: I usually release as many black and white maps as there are weekdays in the month, as official 'content.' There may be more, if I have time.
3. Pay for as much or as little as you want: You can set a maximum for how many creations you pay for each month, when you sign up as a patron. Even if you decide to support only one map per month at the $5 level, you still reap the benefits of being a $5 patron!
4. When you are charged: Patreon bills your credit card or PayPal account at the beginning of each month for the month prior. So, at the beginning of October you pay for what was released in September. Patreon sends me 90-95% of what they charge you.

HOW TO GET STARTED
First, you roll 3d6 six times… oops, wrong campaign!
  1. Do not pledge more than you can afford and make sure you want to be a patron.
  2. Figure out how much you want to pledge per piece of 'content' I release each month. Set a monthly max. This way, if you pledge $1.5o per creation and you only want to spend $9 per month (up to six creations), you enter 6 where Patreon asks you how many times you would like to pledge to Random Encounters.
  3. Remember your monthly maximum pledge. Write it down somewhere so you’re not surprised each month.
  4. Have fun and, GAME ON!

MY TALENTED FRIENDS!


Are you looking for quality rpg content delivered to your door every month? Then sign up with Mythoard and let them know I sent you!

As an added bonus for pledging here at Random Encounters, Dice Fanatics is offering new and current patrons a FREE set of selected polyhedral dice (shipping covered up to $5). Sign up for Mythoard now and you won't be disappointed! Read this endorsement from Mythoard's Jared about what you can expect from this adventurous partnership!

"Cartography inspires the imagination and fires the creativity of any old school gamer. We remember the days of the pale blue interior covers that housed the original D&D maps with the iconic symbols of secret doors, stairs going up and down, and skeletons in the corner. It was the good old days of Magic Arrow and Fireball and things were poignant and simple. Justin's cartography brings us back to that time when we were young ourselves, 11 years old gaming in the living room, and while the maps were just black and white lines on graph paper, in our imagination there were gigantic dragons blazing fire, hoarding enough gold to build a castle keep in our character's retirement.

"This is why we are pleased to partner with Random Encounters and the creative talents of Justin David Russell. We will be including maps in our monthly subscription crates from his stunning library of cartographic artifacts that you can use on your own gaming table. We are the first RPG crate, the longest running RPG crate, and the largest monthly RPG crate - shipping monthly with full size 8 1/2 x 11 RPG hardbacks and softcovers... not some tiny box filled with little samples! We also homebrew our own campaigns with our Dwarven Epics storylines that you can enjoy each month.

As a thank you for just giving us a look, we are proud to announce that we are sponsoring Justin's Patreon with a free set of polyhedral dice from www.DiceFanatics.com! Just for being a current or new patron of Justin's site, you'll score a cool set of acrylic polyhedrals at no cost and we'll even cover up to $5 in shipping to wherever you are in the world. Just let Justin know and he'll connect you to get your free set of dice. If you haven't already sponsored his Patreon, why wait? This is your chance to become his patron and score a cool set of dice at the same time. Join today!"
'THE SECRET OF FORSAKEN PEAK' MEGADELVE PROJECT



DM Dave
and I are collaborating on a massive megadelve that will contain a fully fleshed out setting and multi-level dungeon, titled 'The Secret of Forsaken Peak.' It will appear in monthly installments over about a year's worth of issues of Broadsword, as one of its four featured adventures.

Sign up for the Newsletter to get regular updates and a FREE 'Forsaken Peak' adventure, 'The Goblin Mines.'

THANKS!
I want to extend a personal 'THANK YOU' to all patrons for their generous support. I love tabletop role-playing. This provides me a way to give back for the years of inspiration and fun I have experienced with this hobby.

LINKS
Find Random Encounters in the following places!

Blogger
Instagram
Epic Werkes Studio Patreon PageRandom Encounters on Facebook
Feel free to visit my online portfolio, or 'like' Epic Werkes Studio (my freelance illustration business) on Facebook.
DM Dave
Tiers
Hireling!
$1 or more per creation


  • Hired Sword: You gain access to patron-only content, such as livestreams, Random Encounters Adventures PDFs, more!


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
Henchman!
$1.50 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Companion in Arms: Be a part of the process! I'll make a post on the first of every month asking my patrons to type one word to give me inspiration for my maps. I will take the first 28-31 suggestions (depending on the month). I'll work a word per day into each map, somehow.


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
1st Level Adventurer!
$2 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Henchman! access.
  • Novice Adventurer: On the 1st of each month, I will make a post in which I will ask all $2 patrons to pick their favourite map from the previous month. I will then make the first 5 picks (first come, first served; ignoring any duplicate picks) available in high-resolution, zipped, to all $2 supporters.

Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
  • High-resolution Exclusive Monthly Token.
10th Level Adventurer!
$3 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Henchman! access.
  • Seasoned Adventurer: Access to high-resolution downloads of my 'Random Encounters Map Collections' in PDF format. Each magazine features all gridded maps from the previous month in high-resolution, all relevant flavour text, and a unique cover illustrated by me. $3 patrons also gain access to all non-gridded, high-resolution maps. Non-gridded maps are not available anywhere else.


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
  • High-resolution download of each 'Random Encounters Map Collection,' as it is released.
  • High-resolution download of all high-resolution, non-gridded maps.
20th Level Adventurer!
$5 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Henchman! access.
  • 1oth Level Adventurer! access.
  • Veteran Adventurer: On the 1st of each month, I will make a post in which I will ask all $5 patrons to pick their favourite map from the previous month. I will then turn the first 5 picks (first come, first served; ignoring any duplicate picks) into classic blue maps, then send them, in high-resolution, zipped, to all $5 supporters.


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
  • High-resolution download of each 'Random Encounters Map Collection,' as it is released.
  • High-resolution download of all high-resolution, non-gridded maps.
  • 5 high-resolution Classic Blue Maps.
Goals
$103 of $1,000 per creation
If I can make it to $1000, as a reward to all of my patrons, I will make all high-resolution Random Encounters Adventures PDFs available to patrons. Additionally, for every dollar amount I reach that is divisible by $200, I will release a new map for Open License (more to come on that very soon).
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(Please note that all materials published here are for private use only. They are the express property of Justin David Russell. If you are interested in publishing my work, please contact me privately)


VOTING FOR THE 'RANDOM ENCOUNTERS ANNUAL MAP COLLECTION' IS NOW LIVE FOR PATRONS!
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019

Sign up for the Newsletter to receive regular updates about the Kickstarter!





Sample Daily Map
WHO I AM AND WHERE I GET MY INSPIRATION
My name isJustin David Russell. I run a freelance fantasy illustration business, Epic Werkes Studio. I am inspired by classic fantasy literature and classic fantasy role playing games. My favourite thing about tabletop rpgs is that I can blend my love of art with my love of literature. I get to write and illustrate my own stories! The best way I can share that inspiration with you is to provide tokens, maps, and stories for use with your own tabletop and online rpgs.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PATREON
Freelance is my life. It is the only thing I have ever wanted to do for a career. My next move is to attend the Illustration Master Class. You can help me by pledging here. Funds also go toward helping me purchase art supplies and pay odd bills.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
  • Help Inspire Maps: At the beginning of the month, I ask patrons pledging $1.50+ to provide me with a word I can use to build a map around. It has proven to be a challenging and unique way to kickstart my imagination.
  • FREE Maps: I provide quality old school maps that are free for personal use. Files are released to the public as low-res (100 dpi) .jpgs with hooks and/or flavour text.
  • Monthly Magazine: At the beginning of each month, I release a 'Random Encounters Map Collection' PDF magazine containing the previous month's maps, in higher resolution (300 dpi), with all flavour text, for $3 patrons. I keep the magazine up until patrons are charged, then take down the prior month's issue and release the new one. Back issues are available for sale, and low-resolution versions are available as pay-what-you-want from DrivthruRPG.
  • Live-streams: Live-streaking is a feature open to patrons of all levels. Curious how I make my maps? Want to ask me questions and/or help me come up with maps? Or do you just want a place to hang out for an hour and watch a cool video? Whichever it is, check out my live-streams to join in the fun. Videos are made public after each stream.
  • Milestones Rewards: Whenever I reach a milestone goal, everyone benefits! I offer some sort of reward to thank you for your continued support!

YOU CONTROL HOW YOU PLEDGE
1. What you are charged for: Your support is on a per-creation basis.
2. Frequency of content: I usually release as many black and white maps as there are weekdays in the month, as official 'content.' There may be more, if I have time.
3. Pay for as much or as little as you want: You can set a maximum for how many creations you pay for each month, when you sign up as a patron. Even if you decide to support only one map per month at the $5 level, you still reap the benefits of being a $5 patron!
4. When you are charged: Patreon bills your credit card or PayPal account at the beginning of each month for the month prior. So, at the beginning of October you pay for what was released in September. Patreon sends me 90-95% of what they charge you.

HOW TO GET STARTED
First, you roll 3d6 six times… oops, wrong campaign!
  1. Do not pledge more than you can afford and make sure you want to be a patron.
  2. Figure out how much you want to pledge per piece of 'content' I release each month. Set a monthly max. This way, if you pledge $1.5o per creation and you only want to spend $9 per month (up to six creations), you enter 6 where Patreon asks you how many times you would like to pledge to Random Encounters.
  3. Remember your monthly maximum pledge. Write it down somewhere so you’re not surprised each month.
  4. Have fun and, GAME ON!

MY TALENTED FRIENDS!


Are you looking for quality rpg content delivered to your door every month? Then sign up with Mythoard and let them know I sent you!

As an added bonus for pledging here at Random Encounters, Dice Fanatics is offering new and current patrons a FREE set of selected polyhedral dice (shipping covered up to $5). Sign up for Mythoard now and you won't be disappointed! Read this endorsement from Mythoard's Jared about what you can expect from this adventurous partnership!

"Cartography inspires the imagination and fires the creativity of any old school gamer. We remember the days of the pale blue interior covers that housed the original D&D maps with the iconic symbols of secret doors, stairs going up and down, and skeletons in the corner. It was the good old days of Magic Arrow and Fireball and things were poignant and simple. Justin's cartography brings us back to that time when we were young ourselves, 11 years old gaming in the living room, and while the maps were just black and white lines on graph paper, in our imagination there were gigantic dragons blazing fire, hoarding enough gold to build a castle keep in our character's retirement.

"This is why we are pleased to partner with Random Encounters and the creative talents of Justin David Russell. We will be including maps in our monthly subscription crates from his stunning library of cartographic artifacts that you can use on your own gaming table. We are the first RPG crate, the longest running RPG crate, and the largest monthly RPG crate - shipping monthly with full size 8 1/2 x 11 RPG hardbacks and softcovers... not some tiny box filled with little samples! We also homebrew our own campaigns with our Dwarven Epics storylines that you can enjoy each month.

As a thank you for just giving us a look, we are proud to announce that we are sponsoring Justin's Patreon with a free set of polyhedral dice from www.DiceFanatics.com! Just for being a current or new patron of Justin's site, you'll score a cool set of acrylic polyhedrals at no cost and we'll even cover up to $5 in shipping to wherever you are in the world. Just let Justin know and he'll connect you to get your free set of dice. If you haven't already sponsored his Patreon, why wait? This is your chance to become his patron and score a cool set of dice at the same time. Join today!"
'THE SECRET OF FORSAKEN PEAK' MEGADELVE PROJECT



DM Dave
and I are collaborating on a massive megadelve that will contain a fully fleshed out setting and multi-level dungeon, titled 'The Secret of Forsaken Peak.' It will appear in monthly installments over about a year's worth of issues of Broadsword, as one of its four featured adventures.

Sign up for the Newsletter to get regular updates and a FREE 'Forsaken Peak' adventure, 'The Goblin Mines.'

THANKS!
I want to extend a personal 'THANK YOU' to all patrons for their generous support. I love tabletop role-playing. This provides me a way to give back for the years of inspiration and fun I have experienced with this hobby.

LINKS
Find Random Encounters in the following places!

Blogger
Instagram
Epic Werkes Studio Patreon PageRandom Encounters on Facebook
Feel free to visit my online portfolio, or 'like' Epic Werkes Studio (my freelance illustration business) on Facebook.
DM Dave

Recent posts by Justin David Russell

Tiers
Hireling!
$1 or more per creation


  • Hired Sword: You gain access to patron-only content, such as livestreams, Random Encounters Adventures PDFs, more!


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
Henchman!
$1.50 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Companion in Arms: Be a part of the process! I'll make a post on the first of every month asking my patrons to type one word to give me inspiration for my maps. I will take the first 28-31 suggestions (depending on the month). I'll work a word per day into each map, somehow.


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
1st Level Adventurer!
$2 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Henchman! access.
  • Novice Adventurer: On the 1st of each month, I will make a post in which I will ask all $2 patrons to pick their favourite map from the previous month. I will then make the first 5 picks (first come, first served; ignoring any duplicate picks) available in high-resolution, zipped, to all $2 supporters.

Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
  • High-resolution Exclusive Monthly Token.
10th Level Adventurer!
$3 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Henchman! access.
  • Seasoned Adventurer: Access to high-resolution downloads of my 'Random Encounters Map Collections' in PDF format. Each magazine features all gridded maps from the previous month in high-resolution, all relevant flavour text, and a unique cover illustrated by me. $3 patrons also gain access to all non-gridded, high-resolution maps. Non-gridded maps are not available anywhere else.


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
  • High-resolution download of each 'Random Encounters Map Collection,' as it is released.
  • High-resolution download of all high-resolution, non-gridded maps.
20th Level Adventurer!
$5 or more per creation


  • Hireling! access.
  • Henchman! access.
  • 1oth Level Adventurer! access.
  • Veteran Adventurer: On the 1st of each month, I will make a post in which I will ask all $5 patrons to pick their favourite map from the previous month. I will then turn the first 5 picks (first come, first served; ignoring any duplicate picks) into classic blue maps, then send them, in high-resolution, zipped, to all $5 supporters.


Includes

  • Patron-only content.
  • Map inspiration suggestions.
  • High-resolution download of each 'Random Encounters Map Collection,' as it is released.
  • High-resolution download of all high-resolution, non-gridded maps.
  • 5 high-resolution Classic Blue Maps.