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One of my largest hobbies is the design and playing of games of all sorts, board, card, computer and roleplaying. Over the years I've designed and worked on piles of games in all of those categories both for fun and (more recently) profit. This page has links to many of my gaming projects, both old and new.

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Catacombs of Dust

Catacombs of Dust

The fourth in my series of Dragon Warriors' solo adventures, and number eleven in the Tales of Red Ruin. Catacombs is an epic dungeon delve into a tomb older than the civilisation of Ellesland itself. A semi-open-world-dungeon (if that makes sense) with multiple paths through.

Solo, and free, get it today: DriveThruRPG, Itch.io

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Beast of the Black Tor

The Beast of the Black Tor

The third in my series of Dragon Warriors' solo adventures, and number nine in the Tales of Red Ruin. Travel to the village of Brengate, where the curse of the Beast is about to fall. Only you can save them.

Solo, and free, get it today: DriveThruRPG, Itch.io

Made with gordianbook.art, go there and make your own!

Icon of Death

Icon of Death

The second in my series of Dragon Warriors' solo adventures, and number six in the Tales of Red Ruin. Set out across the trackless wastes of Outremer with a vital mission for Prince Adymas, but beware: death awaits.

Solo, and free, get it today: DriveThruRPG, Itch.io

Made with gordianbook.art, go there and make your own!

Green Water, Crimson Stag

Green Water, Crimson Stag

Green Water, Crimson Stag is a tribute to the classic gamebooks and games of Dave Morris. Written for the Dragon Warriors game, Green Water takes you into the haunted Elfhame woods on a quest to save the town of Casterbridge from the curse that has fallen on the Greenwater river. Writing by me, art by me, what's not to love.

Solo, and free, get it today: DriveThruRPG, Itch.io

Made with gordianbook.art, go there and make your own!

Hungry Mouse

Hungry Mouse

Hungry Mouse is a solo mini-game spinoff from InBetween. Journey into the Between as a mouse looking for food for your family. The more you bring home the better. A pen and paper map creation and exploration game..

A copy can be yours for just 2 dollars today! DriveThruRPG, Itch.io



DiceWars is a simple space combat game that uses ships made of polyhedral dice and any flat surface to play. Originally designed in my student days to fill time while waiting for tabletop games to start, the game has been freshly re-designed and illustrated for your pleasure.

A copy can be yours for just 3 dollars today! itch.io

The Teuthic Temple

The Teuthic Temple

In 2000 my RPG industry mentor, and sometime employer, Sarah Newton, lost her husband to illness. This left her in some financial distress, and I decided to try and do my best to raise some money for her. The Teuthic Temple is the result — a one page dungeon and octopus-related supplement for Monsters & Magic, Sarah's OSR game.

The adventure is "pay what you want", so get a copy now! DriveThruRPG

Solipsist Cover


Solipsist is my roleplaying game of self-obsessed reality benders. Solipsist was released in conjunction with BoxNinja games in 2008. I sold 300+ print copies and more in PDF, and the game also had an Italian edition.

Solipsist is available in PDF from DriveThruRPG, and in print from Lulu.

Currently Playing

D&D 5th Edition : Zelda

A zelda-based campaign.

See : Custom rules

D&D 5th Edition : Princes of the Apocalypse

A (heavy) adaptation of Princes of the Apocalypse with my weekly group.

See : Custom rules

Ironsworn Solo : Iron Seeds

I started a solo Ironsworn saga called Iron Seeds at the start of 2020. You can follow it on RPG.net. See here for a summary and chapter index.

Adventurer,Conqueror, King Solo : Curse of the Emerald Elixir

I started running a Solo D&D adventure, Curse of the Emerald Elixir, using B/X style rules, in 2018, while on holiday. You can follow it on RPG.net.

See : Custom rules

Currently Developing

Pip the InBetween Mascot


In the space between the walls of human houses, unseen, Tribes of Hylin mice live by stealing our stuff and tinkering it into inventions of their own. A tabletop RPG of mice and adventure.

See : Inbetween Roleplaying Game

Example Card

The Prince

A card game, based in the world of the Lycastrian Empire, which formed the background for the GEAS website many years ago. The Prince is a multi-player game of intreague, politics, and war.

See : Rules, Cards

Games I've Published

The World of Sun Keld

Sun Keld

Sun Keld was a version of Termite (the first game I ever wrote) based on Dark Sun, which I ran back in the 1990's at University. More recently I re-wrote it from the ground up, ran a very successful 2 year campaign of it, and put the game on my website for you to enjoy.

Other Games

Over the years I've written for, or collaborated on, a number of other people's games.

Other games I've written (or written for)

Parliament of Rooks Cover

A Parliament of Rooks

This is my entry for the Murderland game design contest, featuring 1 hour games involving Rooks, Ravens, Crows, Jackdaws and Murder (and no writing things down)

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Duality v.2.4

The working draft of my Game Chef 2008 entry


Pokethulhu is a fantastic roleplaying game available from cumberland games. Is it a parody of Cthulhu? Is it a parody of Pokemon? Is it a parody of cartoon fans? You decide! These are some pages I have written dedicated to Pokethulhu.

Battleground : Wood Elves of Kaishar

Background material I've written for the Wood Elf faction for the Battleground : Fantasy Warfare wargame.

Other Gaming


Grophland is my highly successful Virtual Pet site, attracting thousands of players from all over the world. Come and have a look.

Game Maps

A selection of scanned maps from a number of my games. If you like my maps I'm willing to do more on commission. Please get in touch to negotiate a fee.

Past Games

In the past I was a very active player (and playtester) of the Legends of the Five Rings CCG. I was also an active player of Legends of the Burning Sands and Battletech CCGs as well as many others (including, but not limited to, Magic the Gathering, VTES, Dune, Wheel of Time CCG, Netrunner etc).

Ars Magica : Covenant of the White Stag

I ran a game of Ars Magica between 2013 and 2015, the Covenant of the White Stag, which charted the history of a band of Magi trapped in the Supernal realms. We played around once a month, but eventually scheduling conflicts brought the game to an early halt.


Tanaloth was the setting for a GURPS game that I ran between 2001 and 2005. It was a quasi-medieval quasi-dark ages game with a very religious theme to it. The pages here outline the background to the game and also a fair chunk of the custom rules that I wrote.


Telida was a long running GURPS game run by Paul Myers, which I played between 1996 and 1998. In fact it was my inspiration for running the Tanaloth game (above) when the Telida game finished. Maybe that's why they both have names starting with T? Paul's game attracted just the right sort of players for a massive web presence. We wrote diaries of all the things we did, kept track of every NPC and every event, drew maps, wrote up our character's fighting styles and histories, and put it all in the website maintained by George Smith. Sadly the website no longer exists.

I do still have a few pages left from the game, note, these are all old page not updated in years


Termite was a home-brew system that I designed at secondary school and ran for my friends all the way into the first few years of university in 1993-1994. It is a world where the PC's are insects and rodents and everything is different from what we know. Termite is not a game that I am currently running, but I have had many campaigns in the past ranging from single sessions to multiple years. The page (above) has some details about the game and character diaries from some games that I ran.

Rokugan 2000 : The Scorpion's Sting

This was a LARP that I ran at Conpulsion 2001 in Edinburgh. The LARP was based on the amazing Rokugan 2000 world/fanfic (its a fanfic but it deserves to be a world or a game in its own right) by Rich Wulf. To learn more of Rokugam 2000 take a look at its website.