I’m new to this community, and I don’t know if this disqualifies me from a submission. All the same, here’s my idea for a single page spread: a d100 list of oddities/scraps/odds and ends found in the tunnels.
I was inspired by the idea in the setting thread about how the network of tunnels could lead to any number of different settings/planes/dimensions. The list would be suitably weird. I envision it being used as a “What’s in their pockets?” table, or a list of items players can find or trip over while running from monsters down dark passageways. Sometimes valuable, sometimes useful, sometimes neither, with plenty of things that make the table go “Where did this come from?” which would then inspire further tunnel explorations.
I’m thinking things like
Small golden pickaxe head, dented like someone actually tried to use it
Cluster of small jade stones, oddly warm to the touch
Scrap of parchment covered in an ancient language. The ink is still wet.
Crude tin snuff box, with the initials JTL. Empty.
5 ft of strong spider silk thread. Nearly invisible at certain angles.
Etc, etc. Now that I think about it, I could dig into well-known OSR adventures and pull out little bits and bobs from them to seed the table with.
I also have Affinity Publisher, but I only recently purchased it and only barely know how to make it do what I want. Other than something I threw together for the 1 Page Dungeon contest a couple weeks ago, I haven’t done any layout work.
Great, I’ll put you in for a single spread (that’s what you want, correct?).
If you’re referring to the collaborative setting, then no we moved away from the Norse idea. The gist is we’re trying to flesh out the ‘hub’ (a massive network of tunnels that are accessed by delving into this dangerous pit) and then in future issues we could pick out specific themes where the tunnels pop you out into.
maybe a hub-style setting concept, kinda like planescape? I was kinda mulling this idea around of an insanely large network of tunnels, or catacombs, entered through a giant pit of course, that has many unexplored exits that could pop you out into practically any setting. This could give us a lot of freedom for in-and-out setting ideas, or we can approach it as if the zine is the explorers, delving down these unexplored paths and documenting what they find. Existing OSR settings could simply add the Pit to their world to start incorporating our zine.
The ages old wizard tower would fit marvelously with the ancient caverns/tunnels idea.
Awesome, I love me some cool monsters. Do you have access to Affinity Publisher?
That sounds like it could be super useful, I dig it hehe. Just to clarify, a spread is two pages (you’ll probably need it for a d100 table).
Awesome, I really like the idea of this little stories that the players can spin up from the things they find.
If I setup the templates and assets properly (fingers crossed hah), it shouldn’t be too difficult. I’m not a pro myself, so just holler if you run into any issues and I’m sure someone here will be able to help you out.
Dope! If something interesting catches your eye, just reach out to the author.
As mentioned before I’m working on a dungeon with @LF_OSR
Since there are many double spread open I would take one of those. We will make good use of the space :]
The dungeon should probably fit to the setting as it’s a cave occupied by Queen Flesh (wip) and her court.
It is said that the queen has total control over mortal bodies. Her touch can heal any wound but it can also melt your flesh in an instant.
Her lair, a moist breathing organism, slowly grows few inches every day. Servants spawned from the queen herself will let you pass, if you bring the right offerings.
Friend or foe? Depends on what you are looking for.
Regarding the layout software, unfortunately I do not have any.
But maybe @LF_OSR does?