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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013


We've done a slew of illustrations, but haven't posted any for a good long while. Still at it!



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Toddler from Hell

Hideous, no? John pencils, Jason inks. For the newest version of Rappan Athuk!

HEY! Be certain to stop by John Larrey's blog: Mythellaneous Conjurings and check out his musings on gaming past, present and future. He's posted a lot of stuff already, so dig into the archives. His posts on his personal gaming history are among my favorites, this multi-part series (introduction, here's part one, part 2 and part 3), for example.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rappan Athuk!

Here's one of several pictures we did for the upcoming Rappan Athuk product for Frog God Games.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Free RPG Day surprise bonus for shut-ins

For those lacking a local game store and bummed out about missing free stuff, I offer a mere palliative: for one day only, during my personal "store hours" (I'm open 'til 7pm Eastern time!) send me an email (gurnalon @ gmail dot com) and I'll send you a PDF of my mini-adventure Zogorion Lord of the Hippogriffs. So there. Not perfect, but I can at least say I've done my bit. To those who've already ordered the zine version (still available over at The Dungeon Dozen) thanks a million.

New zine-type stuff is currently in playtesting and will make its advent before too long. Yes, its taking forever, but we've been super busy doing art fact my "store hours" today will find me chained the drawing board desperately trying to tie up loose ends. This is why we're using the zine format but avoiding the "periodical" approach. John L.'s mini-adventure (which will be significantly more substantive than Zogorion) is looking pretty cool.

To those who are currently waiting for illustrations: thanks for your patience...we're working right now!

Friday, May 11, 2012

It Stalks the Manor!

From Tim Shorts' rpg zine The Manor #1.
Be certain to check it out HERE

Oh sure you could download the PDF, but get the hardcopy. It comes in the mail and you can read it in the tub.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wand of Incineration

Another pic for Fight On! #14

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Scoundrel

An actual character class from Tales of the Space Princess by John Stater. Check it out HERE

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


For Greg Gillespie's Barrowmaze megadungeon. Greg's just started a crowdfunding drive at Indiegogo for Barrowmaze 2. Check it out HERE

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

War Toads in Action

Here's another pic from Matt Finch's Demonspore module. Check it out HERE 

Monday, April 16, 2012


From Guy Fullerton's new module The Many Gates of Gann. Check it out here:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Unarmed Combat!

John pencilled (Jason inked) this one (and the one below) for Fight On! #14

Caption, anyone?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Almost there...

John's zine/module Touch of Evil is hurtling through the final stages of production and should make its advent very soon. In a naked attempt to whet some appetites out there, here's the cover illustration.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More Zines Approaching your Perimeter

Well, its official folks, the zine proliferation has begun. We here at UI have several works in the pipeline, none of which fully qualify as a zine per se. We're using the zine format (copy shop reproduction) to provide hard copies of our works, but not publishing a periodical as such. Each work will be a discrete unit, a module, supplement or whatever that stands on its own.

Below is an interior illustration for John Larrey's zine/module Touch of Evil, which will be available very soon. It's a short adventure suitable for use as a one-shot or as a single night mini-adventure for your Oe/BX-type campaigns.


Also immanent: Jason's collection of creatures for Oe/BX-type games, featuring monsters previously seen in Knockspell and Fight On! as well as many beasts hinted-at on The Dungeon Dozen. Cover preview below.
Watch this space for announcements!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Zine alert!

ZINE ALERT! Inspired by Christian Walker's thoroughly enjoyable Loviatar zine, I thought I'd take a crack at a zine/module hybrid. Zogorion Lord of the Hippogriffs is a micro-sized adventure written for the Swords & Wizardry rules (which means almost interchangeable with any Oe or Basic-style version of the original role playing game). The module features a detached card stock cover/map and a digest sized 16 page booklet published using old fashioned copy shop technologies and mailed to you (in the US) for the sub-break-even price of $2.00.

My secondary aim in writing this module was to present an adventure that could be played to completion in under two hours (google+ style), with a little wiggle room for player/character intros, loot division, funeral arrangements, etc.


While aimlessly wandering from hex to hex, your motley assortment of ne'er-do-wells receives an unusual invitation to dinner from an even more unusual individual. He calls himself Mighty Zog, Lord of the Hippogriffs. Preposterous, perhaps, but given your typically impecunious position and the complete absence of anywhere else to stay for the night in the gods-forsaken wilderness, you may wish to take him up on the offer...and then rob him blind. Would that it were so easy!
To order go to The Dungeon Dozen and click on the Buy It Now button on the left sidebar of the page...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Page 29

This is from one of our old comics, specifically Monsterwar Mystery Stories issue 2, self-published back in 2005.  John did the pencils, Jason inked it, Jason and Craig B. wrote it.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fight On! #13

The new issue is out now, featuring some of our art and a mini-adventure by UNDERWORLD INK's own John Larrey.
Go get!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Adventurers probe away at the unknown, in defiance of their dungeon-honed instincts.

Matt Finch brings the weirdness with this remarkable new megamodule featuring the adventures Thone of the Toad King and Stone Cyst of the Shroom Priests. Besides being excellent, its got some pictures by yours truly. Go get! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Random NPCs

Roll 1d6!
Result: 1. Wizard-Lord Zandros Glorr: Nihilistic fighting-mage on a doom quest of self-destruction, adventuring recklessly to quiet the voices of his dark masters.

2. Kran Grizzlebeard: Savage tracker of the Saber-tooth clan: expert woodsman, fearless warrior, smilodon wrestler. Kran hopes to one day return to his clan with accumulated might and experience to usurp chiefdom from his depraved rival Frolax the Severer.

3. Sky Captain Brox Themeron: dirigible pilot, devout worshipper of the wind gods, needs men and gold to outfit expedition to the Cloud Mines of the Strato-lords.

4.  Kalimidos, Wizard of the Opaque Circle, recently discovered map yields the location of Lost Diurnia, the Sleeping City, and its most fabulous treasure, The Diamond Mind.

5. Ranger X:  A nameless wanderer whose memories have been erased by an unfortunate encounter with a Mind Eater. Formerly a man of enlightenment and serenity, his brain injury has made him prone to unpredictable barbarian-like rages.

6. All five have somehow formed a temporary alliance.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Bewilderer

 We're hard at work on new illustrations for a few exciting projects, so watch this space for vital updates over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for looking, everybody.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Additional Witchery

Pure evil, ladies and gentlemen (see previous post for pluggery).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Must be the Season of the Witch

Happy (almost) Halloween, you devils! And watch out for The Witch, a new Darker Paths supplement by Joseph Bloch. Now available: check his blog for the details.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One Hell of a Round

Illustrating higher level fighter vs. foes of less than one hit die....for Fight On!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Okay, who's got the best charisma?

Or, Shall we try the nearest adjacent hex?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

War Shaman of the Snow Badger Clan

One of a series of character portraits for the Hide in Shadows zine.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Krugah's Helm Emporium

With apologies to Erol Otus...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Necromancer

Just in time for the Halloween season, we have this illustration for the estimable Joseph Bloch's new supplement The Necromancer. See his blog for details.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Map Imponderable

Here's an unkeyed map sampler from John L.'s recent Fight On! submission.  Upon publication it will become decidedly more ponderable.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Always look up.

For Matt Finch's Throne of the Toad King module (Mythmere Games).

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Eldritch Eruption

This is an amended version of an illustration done for Rob Conley's Scourge of the Demon Wolf.  I can't seem to leave the grey tones alone these days...chalk it up to the enthusiasm of the learning process!
We have several irons in the fire right now, but not much to post just yet. Thanks for looking anyway!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lute of Annihilation

Bards take note! For Knockspell #6, which could be released anytime now...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mind Blast

This picture will accompany an article on psionics in Knockspell #6.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Ancient Lord

Here's a quick one from an upcoming project still too upcoming to talk about.