Monday, November 30, 2020

The Shelves of Mist

To hide their traffic they set their pathways in shallow water. Only the greatest of hunters could follow them. ~ The World of Aihrde


Friday, November 13, 2020

Victory Lies Before You

Alea iacta est! Look not behind, victory lies before you! Tomorrow is yours! Make it so! Forward now!

Monday, November 09, 2020

The Struggle is the Reward

The road to adventure began long ago. Now it shows. Upon the battered mail, and weary look it shows. But it matters not, for the struggle is the reward!



Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Upon a Cold Morning

Frost clings to the trees, giving them a bluish hue. The clouds hang low in the air, yielding to their own weight of promised snow. But the castle is before you. Quiet. Seemingly empty. A shelter if nothing else...


Monday, November 02, 2020

Where do Spoils go....

Where do the Roads to Adventure lead? Countless battles and hordes retrieved! How now do the spoils of your endeavors pay off? In stone and mansion, fortified hill, in castles for homes...#playcnc #aihrde #ttrpg

 This is Spis Castle in Eastern Slovakia

Friday, October 30, 2020

Ineffable Creatures

The katamak are ineffable creatures that were born of errant thoughts of Ea-Raena. They dwell in the deeps of the Gray Waste, listless and without purpose. They appear as young fey, innocent and filled with wonder. But they long for more. When they spy a soul, cursed to wander alone, they snare them in a loving embrace. Taking some aspect of that soul's life they recreate it...sitting and talking in two chairs before a fireplace, cultivating a rose in a garden beneath a window, but the creation is never complete, the fireplace has no room, the garden window no house. But the katamak do not understand that it is incomplete and repeat it time and time again. The lost soul is ensnared, unknowingly reliving some shadow of its life. In the end this is salvation of sorts, for otherwise Gehenna would unmake the soul so that it would be as if it never was. ~ from A Guide to the Planes


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A Malaise of Fog

A malaise of fog dampens your senses. It casts the world in shades of blue and gray, muffling sound as it clings to your cloaks, armor and packs. You know the beast is before you . . .

These are the Roads of Adventure...

Friday, October 09, 2020

From the Pits

It crawls forth from the deep recesses of the pits below. An abomination. A cretinous monstrosity formed of the suffering of the damned, doomed to Aufstrag.  It hangs there. Motionless. Watching you through the hollow white globes of eyes that bear no intelligence or purpose of intent....

Monday, October 05, 2020


The road is oft confusing and offers up a mirage of what is real and what is not. But these are, are they not, our Roads of Adventure


Sunday, October 04, 2020


They labored for years, following a vein of silver that snaked its way ever down. Only too late did they realize they were tricked.

Saturday, October 03, 2020

The Mocking

 In a profession where skill is measured by power, there are those magi who use their powers to make a mockery of reality itself. Rare indeed are the illusionists....Don't miss this Roads to Adventure

Friday, October 02, 2020

Live Well

"It is not ours to live forever elf, only to live well." ~ Eurich Gunshoff, The Pools of Dunhollow


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sluggish Water

The sluggish water stretches out through the forest's damp floor, pulling you deeper into the blue-green mist. The dead fall of autumn is around you, echoing the dank silence that saturates your many senses. The World of Aihrde

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Wizard's Nest

High walls and higher towers marked the palatial fortress. There wizards dwelt, or so it has always been said, pondering the arcane thaumaturgy that is their calling.


Monday, September 21, 2020

Of the Rune Maids

There, upon the edges of the world the Rune Maids lingered, watching and lusting for the light of the sun and the feel of rain. They built homes for themselves, towers and castles of wondrous work in the darkness. ~ Of the Rune Maids. The World of Aihrde.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Beneath the Evening's Sky

Beneath the weight of the evening's sky it stands, the tower of your dreams. Lit by the incandescent rage of fires below, it beckons, promising adventure, glory and wealth untold. Castles & Crusades.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Beneath the High Ceiling

Beneath the high ceiling, into dark places, fear no monster nor brood of demon shadows. The dark is yours. On the road to adventure...Castles & Crusades. #playcnc #aihrde #ttrpg



Thursday, September 03, 2020

The Truth of It

Aye. There is sorcery. There are shadows to cloak your padded feet. Snares to set and other foolish conjurings. But there is nothing like armor and cold steel. It will not fail you from desire, nor falter from fatigue. It is yours to command and your enemies to fear.

Monday, August 31, 2020

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Between the Two

A fortuitous glance behind reveals a figure perched between two fingers of stone, little more than a silhouette in the light of the entrance beyond. You are caught, between the dark and light, and you must choose the path of adventure.... The World of Aihrde


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Upon Iron Steeds

And so they rode to war, and none could withstand them, for they were bold and without fear. And this infected their mighty steeds so that those beasts bore them through fire and blood with the joy of a hunting hound. And all fell away from them and the field was theirs. World of Aihrde

Monday, August 24, 2020

Never Leave Off Hope

It is in us. It is in all of us. Even in the darkness, to struggle. Never leave off hope. Fight on! Even when evil rides your back. Fight on. World of Aihrde

Without Fear

 I say bring it on. If I die, then I wasn't a survivor but I wasn't afraid.


Tuesday, August 04, 2020

A Respite

The small town of Geebenburh clings to the forest's edge. It has little to call its own, but offers walls and a roof and some respite from the wilds of the Kellerwald. World of Aihrde

Monday, August 03, 2020

It Gladdens Me to Know . . . .

A fantastic piece! But be warned MAJOR spoilers from the show VIKINGS from back in 2017.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Basin

There is no roof to the structure, nor windows, all is open to the elements. Grass grows where the floor once stood, contrasting with the dour gray of walls and arches. But there it stands, the basin, much as she said it would. It rests upon unsettled flagstones, filled with a dark, still water.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Long Time Gone

I believe this the Troll Lords are Gencon 2008. From left to right, Tyler Morrison, Davis Chenault, Todd Gray and myself, Steve Chenault. Crazy days....

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Cling to victory! For defeat is an unwelcome road. (sadly this is the fate of most of my characters). #playcnc #aihrde #ttrpg

Monday, July 20, 2020

With Lance and Sheild

With lance and shield we repair to the field of battle, there we'll assemble and drive the host of evil back to the darkness! (I did not paint this mini!)

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Far Journies

Though small it is a worthy craft and you know it not now, but it shall take you to the shore of many kingdoms and open the door to plunder and wealth of which you have only dreamed.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Elisa Teague

I would like to take a moment and give a shout out to a good friend of the Trolls, Elisa Teague. I had the pleasure of meeting Elisa several years ago at Gencon. Aldo Ghiozzi, formally of Impressions now of Flat River Group, introduced us. For such an accomplished game designer she was insanely approachable, and we struck up a rather hilarious conversation. Since then we’ve crossed paths at a number of conventions and we’ve been lucky enough to have Elisa lend her talents to both The Lost City of Gaxmoor and The NPC Almanac. With a little luck this will only be the beginning of collaborative work between TLG and Elisa.

For those who may not know Elisa, she is best known as being a lead designer on Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk, Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition, the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game, and her Geek Out! line of games, including the just released Disney Edition, not to forget her RPG work for D&D, which includes Return to the Ghost Tower of Inverness and Wardlings, a 5e compatible campaign setting! She has some 100 titles to her name.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough couple of months for just about everywhere, but Elisa has been forced to carry more than the rest of us. In the middle of all this pandemic madness, her husband of many years passed away quite suddenly, leaving her and her two young children to find a new path. She did not have time to catch her breath before she was diagnosed with a tumor that had to be removed. This took several surgeries and put her and her family under more stress than most. She has handled all this with amazing resilience and continues to do so.

In order to help her manage this terrible cascade of events, a friend of hers set up a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign is to help her manage funeral costs and get her finances in a manageable shape. If you have a moment and can spare a little, please consider visiting the campaign and contributing.

Elisa is an amazing game designer and truly we would like to see her, pen to paper, and focused on the fun we all so very much enjoy.

Joe and Elisa Teague.

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