WizardThiefFighter is creating psychedelic metal tabletop role-playing games
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Red Sky Dead City

The greatest city of all, Ebét, far away across the seas, has fallen. The mystical rationalist army of Iks has brought down the corpse-fat empire of Ebét and now its timeless treasures are ripe for plunder. The offerings and sacrifices and jewels of millennia await.

Red Sky Dead City is a doom metal journey into the gory aftermath of an imperial conquest. It's an rpg sandbox (literally) published in monthly installments—similar to the way I published the Ultraviolet Grasslands. It is for referees who want to run a campaign in the ruins of a massive city, with factions, encounters, treasures, and tons of implied setting, but without much book-keeping or page flipping.

Note: RSDC covers some dark themes—the brutality of colonialist expansion, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, and cultural genocide. There are no “good factions” and “bad factions”—each power in the aftermath of the invasion has bloody hands and does awful things—somewhat like what happens in the real world.

The entire book will take at least 12 chapters (or about a year) to complete. I will also post some shorter modules, adventures, and stories in between.



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Witchburner is Complete

Witchburner is a novella-length rpg adventure. It’s a step back from the immensity of the UVG. Where I went for expanse, space, trips, journeys with the UVG, with Witchburner I’m writing an intimate, tragic, personal adventure. From a continent to a small town huddled between rivers and mountains and forests. An important crossroads, but an inaccessible one. A place where the sky and the earth and the underworld still walk among the mortals, tempting them to cross and cross again, from the safety of dull civilization into the wild tangles of magic. Or so they say.

It is about 22,000 words long and delves deeply into 30 NPCs affected by the events of the one wet October. It dives into some dark teatimes of the soul ... and a lot of fog and trees in the background.

Get the musical inspiration here.

——————|||——————

The Manuscript of the Ultraviolet Grasslands is Complete

The Ultraviolet Grasslands (UVG) is a 156-page rules-light rpg pointcrawl module inspired by psychedelic heavy metal, the Dying Earth genre, and Oregon Trail games. It takes a group of ‘heroes’ into the depths of a vast and mythic steppe filled with the detritus of time and space and fuzzy riffs. New patrons should contact me for the manuscript edition - I've taken down the shared version pending its actual publication.

Get your free, introductory version here.



The UVG is for referees, game masters, judges, players, and fans of role-playing games who want to run a months’ long science fantasy Marco Polo-style voyage across a weird, old world. The UVG is for any gamer who wants to mine it for inspiration, adventuring locations, odd characters, maps, items, and random encounters. The UVG is also an artbook knitting together my art and maps and writing. Yes, every nut and fault, from layout to lamarckian monstrosity, is my own work.

It is encouraged, and made possible, by the fantastic support of my fans on patreon. Thank you, the heroes of the stratometaship.

What Is Happening With the UVG

  1. members of the Hydra Coop are copy-editing it, and I am also taking feedback from patrons
  2. the layout design is done, I will start putting it into its final format when editing is done. The final size will be A4.
  3. after my current project with the Hydra Coop (What Ho! Frog Demons) is completely illustrated and delivered to backers, we will launch a kickstarter (probably in November) with the goal of publishing a full-color hard-cover A4 version of the UVG. $9-dollar tier patrons will all get a .pdf of this version.
  4. stretch goals will include: an accordion-folded map of the UVG (About 5-feet long, I think), a tarock deck (that's not tarot!) and rule cards, and a player-facing .pdf handbook of the UVG (stripped of stats and other DM-only information), and—if it goes really well—a little bit more color art and/or more maps for more locations.
The manuscript is just that—the responsibility for every typo, every error, and every missing statistic, is still entirely mine.

How Does This Patreon Work?

  1. I write stories, worlds, rules, tables, locations, and adventures. An example is the free intro to the UVG. It's mostly pretty rules-lite.
  2. I illustrate them with my art. It looks like this. I illustrated Misty Isles of the Eld and am now illustrating What Ho! Frog Demons for Hydra Coop.
  3. Then I lay the stuff out to make it look pretty. I laid out Frostbitten and Mutilated. It's a good book. Go get it and enjoy.
  4. Then I publish it on this patreon, and if you're a patreon, you get to enjoy it. At some point it then makes its way to DriveThru and/or other publishers.


My patrons: the heroes

I must repeat my thanks to my patrons. You are the true heroes of the WizardThiefFighter story. I started this patreon with no clearer idea than a donation box for my fantasy and rpg art, and you responded. You stuck by me as I turned it into an illustrated choose-your-own-adventure. You stuck by me as I refined that concept into the psychedelic sandbox of the Ultraviolet Grasslands. And, I hope you'll continue to stick by me as I write more adventures, worlds, and stories.
And more than that, you inspired me and continue to inspire me. When I get a messages like this:
"Luka has the rare gift of not only being able to concoct useful stuff, but stuff which lights up your synapses and immediately makes you imagine endless things beyond what he presents."

"Hey, just wanted to say again how pleased I am with everything Luka's been putting out. My group fucking loves the setting, and they've only just begun."

"...a fantastic job with UVG. I highly suggest backing Luka on Patreon, his work is simply fantastic. Linked, bookmarked, filled with artwork, a glossary, and just a shit-ton of amazingly odd ideas all masterly thrown together."

"I knew my players of my UVG campaign were going to be vicious scumfuck bastards, but not "tear out the throat of a dog with your teeth in an underground ring fight to secure a black market loan" levels of depraved. I can't wait to see what comes next."

"I am thankful to be here. More thankful than I ever imagined I would be."

It's good to know I'm doing something right. 

——————//•\\——————

Fall 2018 Project List

  • What Ho! Frog Demons the final book in the Slumbering Ursine Dunes tetralogy by Hydra Coop's Chris Kutalik. The art is complete.
  • Neoclassical Geek Revival - Clearline Art Version of Zzarchov Kowolski's rule set. Starting work on the art.
  • Electric Bastionland, 100 illustrations to flesh out Chris McDowall's book
  • Nympharium, Zak Smith's new book. Starting layout.
  • Red Sky Dead City aka. Necropolis, the next Patreon special.
  • WizardThiefFighter: Skeleton, a simplified metal RPG ruleset and character generator.

Want more?

I draw and write. Follow along and let's mediate socially!

Get the free intro and get hooked:

I'm repeating myself, but I made a 78-page free introduction to the UVG. Get it.
Tiers
Minihero!
$1 or more per stratometaship expedition 165 of 9000 patrons
You are awesome and you're now officially a minion fuelling the WTF rocketshipposaurus!

So, what do miniheros get?


  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition (it's a short illustrated rpg adventure or location) spread for you to use.
  • The glorious feeling of being a patron of the arts.
  • The thanks of wizards, thieves and fighters everywhere. Clerics are just wizards with pretensions.
  • A little dance when you sign up.
Includes Discord rewards
Two Miniheroes
$2 or more per stratometaship expedition 14 of 6667 patrons
  • Literally Identical: this tier is exactly the same as the minihero tier, except you give twice as much!
  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition spread for you to use.
  • The glorious feeling of being a patron of the arts.
  • The thanks of wizards, thieves and fighters everywhere. Clerics are just wizards with pretensions.
  • A cute dance when you sign up.
Includes Discord rewards
Hero!
$4 or more per stratometaship expedition 49 of 666 patrons
So awesome! More fire for the rocketshipposaurus! What makes heros bigger than miniheros, besides a high-protein diet?


  • Voting Rights: you influence where the expedition goes and what I illustrate.
  • Credits: your names in finished works you supported at the hero tier (this is optional, obviously).
  • Reduced Rates: now and again I'll announce reduced commission rates. You'll get those announcements.
  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition.
  • The knowledge that you're really supporting art, gaming, and the Oxford comma.
  • The thanks of wizards, thieves and fighters everywhere. Clerics are just wizards with pretensions.
  • A big dance when you sign up.
Includes Discord rewards
Metahero!
$9 or more per stratometaship expedition 50 of 53 patrons
Besides awesomeness, that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from heavy metal wizardry keeping you alive while the cosmos grows cold and dark.* What else does a metahero get?
  • Book Collector: any and every book, .pdf collection and other content that spins off the WTF gravy train while you're a supporter, you're getting a digital copy.
  • Art Just For You: custom location, hero or landscape art once you've been a supporter for a year.
  • Voting Rights: you influence where the expedition goes and what I illustrate.
  • Credits: your names in finished works you supported at the hero tier (this is optional, obviously).
  • Reduced Rates: now and again I'll announce reduced commission rates. You'll get those announcements.
  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition spread for you to use.
  • The knowledge that your support is making my life in art and writing better.
  • The deep thanks of dungeon masters in the dungeon dimensions.
  • A rain dance when you sign up.


*very slowly from a human perspective.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$737 of $2,018 per stratometaship expedition
We're officially rocking. Like, big hair, tight pants, glam and corpse paint and all.

I'm going to sit down with all of you in an online forum and see about what kind of products we want going forward. We're also getting assistance: layout slaves, assistant servitor chimps, and more.
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Red Sky Dead City

The greatest city of all, Ebét, far away across the seas, has fallen. The mystical rationalist army of Iks has brought down the corpse-fat empire of Ebét and now its timeless treasures are ripe for plunder. The offerings and sacrifices and jewels of millennia await.

Red Sky Dead City is a doom metal journey into the gory aftermath of an imperial conquest. It's an rpg sandbox (literally) published in monthly installments—similar to the way I published the Ultraviolet Grasslands. It is for referees who want to run a campaign in the ruins of a massive city, with factions, encounters, treasures, and tons of implied setting, but without much book-keeping or page flipping.

Note: RSDC covers some dark themes—the brutality of colonialist expansion, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, and cultural genocide. There are no “good factions” and “bad factions”—each power in the aftermath of the invasion has bloody hands and does awful things—somewhat like what happens in the real world.

The entire book will take at least 12 chapters (or about a year) to complete. I will also post some shorter modules, adventures, and stories in between.



——————|||——————

Witchburner is Complete

Witchburner is a novella-length rpg adventure. It’s a step back from the immensity of the UVG. Where I went for expanse, space, trips, journeys with the UVG, with Witchburner I’m writing an intimate, tragic, personal adventure. From a continent to a small town huddled between rivers and mountains and forests. An important crossroads, but an inaccessible one. A place where the sky and the earth and the underworld still walk among the mortals, tempting them to cross and cross again, from the safety of dull civilization into the wild tangles of magic. Or so they say.

It is about 22,000 words long and delves deeply into 30 NPCs affected by the events of the one wet October. It dives into some dark teatimes of the soul ... and a lot of fog and trees in the background.

Get the musical inspiration here.

——————|||——————

The Manuscript of the Ultraviolet Grasslands is Complete

The Ultraviolet Grasslands (UVG) is a 156-page rules-light rpg pointcrawl module inspired by psychedelic heavy metal, the Dying Earth genre, and Oregon Trail games. It takes a group of ‘heroes’ into the depths of a vast and mythic steppe filled with the detritus of time and space and fuzzy riffs. New patrons should contact me for the manuscript edition - I've taken down the shared version pending its actual publication.

Get your free, introductory version here.



The UVG is for referees, game masters, judges, players, and fans of role-playing games who want to run a months’ long science fantasy Marco Polo-style voyage across a weird, old world. The UVG is for any gamer who wants to mine it for inspiration, adventuring locations, odd characters, maps, items, and random encounters. The UVG is also an artbook knitting together my art and maps and writing. Yes, every nut and fault, from layout to lamarckian monstrosity, is my own work.

It is encouraged, and made possible, by the fantastic support of my fans on patreon. Thank you, the heroes of the stratometaship.

What Is Happening With the UVG

  1. members of the Hydra Coop are copy-editing it, and I am also taking feedback from patrons
  2. the layout design is done, I will start putting it into its final format when editing is done. The final size will be A4.
  3. after my current project with the Hydra Coop (What Ho! Frog Demons) is completely illustrated and delivered to backers, we will launch a kickstarter (probably in November) with the goal of publishing a full-color hard-cover A4 version of the UVG. $9-dollar tier patrons will all get a .pdf of this version.
  4. stretch goals will include: an accordion-folded map of the UVG (About 5-feet long, I think), a tarock deck (that's not tarot!) and rule cards, and a player-facing .pdf handbook of the UVG (stripped of stats and other DM-only information), and—if it goes really well—a little bit more color art and/or more maps for more locations.
The manuscript is just that—the responsibility for every typo, every error, and every missing statistic, is still entirely mine.

How Does This Patreon Work?

  1. I write stories, worlds, rules, tables, locations, and adventures. An example is the free intro to the UVG. It's mostly pretty rules-lite.
  2. I illustrate them with my art. It looks like this. I illustrated Misty Isles of the Eld and am now illustrating What Ho! Frog Demons for Hydra Coop.
  3. Then I lay the stuff out to make it look pretty. I laid out Frostbitten and Mutilated. It's a good book. Go get it and enjoy.
  4. Then I publish it on this patreon, and if you're a patreon, you get to enjoy it. At some point it then makes its way to DriveThru and/or other publishers.


My patrons: the heroes

I must repeat my thanks to my patrons. You are the true heroes of the WizardThiefFighter story. I started this patreon with no clearer idea than a donation box for my fantasy and rpg art, and you responded. You stuck by me as I turned it into an illustrated choose-your-own-adventure. You stuck by me as I refined that concept into the psychedelic sandbox of the Ultraviolet Grasslands. And, I hope you'll continue to stick by me as I write more adventures, worlds, and stories.
And more than that, you inspired me and continue to inspire me. When I get a messages like this:
"Luka has the rare gift of not only being able to concoct useful stuff, but stuff which lights up your synapses and immediately makes you imagine endless things beyond what he presents."

"Hey, just wanted to say again how pleased I am with everything Luka's been putting out. My group fucking loves the setting, and they've only just begun."

"...a fantastic job with UVG. I highly suggest backing Luka on Patreon, his work is simply fantastic. Linked, bookmarked, filled with artwork, a glossary, and just a shit-ton of amazingly odd ideas all masterly thrown together."

"I knew my players of my UVG campaign were going to be vicious scumfuck bastards, but not "tear out the throat of a dog with your teeth in an underground ring fight to secure a black market loan" levels of depraved. I can't wait to see what comes next."

"I am thankful to be here. More thankful than I ever imagined I would be."

It's good to know I'm doing something right. 

——————//•\\——————

Fall 2018 Project List

  • What Ho! Frog Demons the final book in the Slumbering Ursine Dunes tetralogy by Hydra Coop's Chris Kutalik. The art is complete.
  • Neoclassical Geek Revival - Clearline Art Version of Zzarchov Kowolski's rule set. Starting work on the art.
  • Electric Bastionland, 100 illustrations to flesh out Chris McDowall's book
  • Nympharium, Zak Smith's new book. Starting layout.
  • Red Sky Dead City aka. Necropolis, the next Patreon special.
  • WizardThiefFighter: Skeleton, a simplified metal RPG ruleset and character generator.

Want more?

I draw and write. Follow along and let's mediate socially!

Get the free intro and get hooked:

I'm repeating myself, but I made a 78-page free introduction to the UVG. Get it.

Recent posts by WizardThiefFighter

Tiers
Minihero!
$1 or more per stratometaship expedition 165 of 9000 patrons
You are awesome and you're now officially a minion fuelling the WTF rocketshipposaurus!

So, what do miniheros get?


  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition (it's a short illustrated rpg adventure or location) spread for you to use.
  • The glorious feeling of being a patron of the arts.
  • The thanks of wizards, thieves and fighters everywhere. Clerics are just wizards with pretensions.
  • A little dance when you sign up.
Includes Discord rewards
Two Miniheroes
$2 or more per stratometaship expedition 14 of 6667 patrons
  • Literally Identical: this tier is exactly the same as the minihero tier, except you give twice as much!
  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition spread for you to use.
  • The glorious feeling of being a patron of the arts.
  • The thanks of wizards, thieves and fighters everywhere. Clerics are just wizards with pretensions.
  • A cute dance when you sign up.
Includes Discord rewards
Hero!
$4 or more per stratometaship expedition 49 of 666 patrons
So awesome! More fire for the rocketshipposaurus! What makes heros bigger than miniheros, besides a high-protein diet?


  • Voting Rights: you influence where the expedition goes and what I illustrate.
  • Credits: your names in finished works you supported at the hero tier (this is optional, obviously).
  • Reduced Rates: now and again I'll announce reduced commission rates. You'll get those announcements.
  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition.
  • The knowledge that you're really supporting art, gaming, and the Oxford comma.
  • The thanks of wizards, thieves and fighters everywhere. Clerics are just wizards with pretensions.
  • A big dance when you sign up.
Includes Discord rewards
Metahero!
$9 or more per stratometaship expedition 50 of 53 patrons
Besides awesomeness, that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from heavy metal wizardry keeping you alive while the cosmos grows cold and dark.* What else does a metahero get?
  • Book Collector: any and every book, .pdf collection and other content that spins off the WTF gravy train while you're a supporter, you're getting a digital copy.
  • Art Just For You: custom location, hero or landscape art once you've been a supporter for a year.
  • Voting Rights: you influence where the expedition goes and what I illustrate.
  • Credits: your names in finished works you supported at the hero tier (this is optional, obviously).
  • Reduced Rates: now and again I'll announce reduced commission rates. You'll get those announcements.
  • Private Expedition Pass: the high-res .pdf of the latest Stratometaship adventure expedition spread for you to use.
  • The knowledge that your support is making my life in art and writing better.
  • The deep thanks of dungeon masters in the dungeon dimensions.
  • A rain dance when you sign up.


*very slowly from a human perspective.

Includes Discord rewards