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Bedtime Stories

Reading bedtime stories is a nightly ritual in our home.

The particulars have changed over the years.  We’ve done everything from short stories like Dr. Seuss to longer works like Coraline and The Hobbit.  We’ve also done a fair amount of non-fiction, like books about science and history facts.  Now that the kids are getting older they read voraciously on their own, so for bedtime they like it when I make up stories on the spot, usually about their superhero alter egos.  They’re fun, quick, and extremely silly.

But sometimes my brain is too tired to come up with an adventure on the spot, so what’s a tired storyteller/dungeon master supposed to do?

Reach for The Dungeon Alphabet of course!

For the last couple of nights I’ve had the kids pick a letter.  Then I read the entry from The Dungeon Alphabet in my best spooky voice.  Then the kids each get to pick a number and I read the result from the table.  They’ve been having a great time with it.

The Dungeon Alphabet, perfect for any quest!  Even the quest for bedtime.


Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Cool Stuff


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The Dungeon Alphabet

This is a “first impression” review of The Dungeon Alphabet, 3rd Printing.

After reading that The Dungeon Alphabet was going into its third printing and reading even more glowing reviews of the book, I finally decided to order my own copy via my Friendly Not-So-Local Game Store and picked it up today.  I have barely had time to read it, but skimming the text and looking at the artwork has already left a profound impression on me.

The Dungeon Alphabet is a collection of classic dungeon tropes coupled with random tables to inspire and energize dungeon designers.  The items described within are given a flair of the fantastic without being over-the-top.  I’ll go into more detail after I’ve had a chance to properly read through the book.  What I want to talk about now is the artwork.

This book is beautiful and is utterly jam-packed with some of the finest old style artwork I’ve seen by artists like Erol Otis, Russ Nicholson, and Jeff Easley.  The only way I could be more happy with this collection of artwork is if David Trampier came out of retirement to contribute.  There is a lot of art in in this book, nearly every page appears to have at least some illustration, and these pieces are evocative and inspiring in their own right.  Just from thumbing through the book I’ve caught myself stopping and thinking, “I can use this!”

I was skeptical about how good this book could be.  I consider myself a creative person and a book of lists seemed unnecessary, but the low price and glowing reviews convinced me to give it a shot.  Now I can say that I’m both glad I did and excited to dig into it.

Do yourself a favor, drop $20 and pick this book up.  It’s worth it for the artwork alone.

The Dungeon Alphabet is produced by Goodman Games. It’s author is Michael Curtis who writes the OSR blog, The Society of Torch, Pole, and Rope.

If you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do.

The Dungeon Alphabet cover


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