Adventure Time

It’s Friday and time for a new BEOWULF blog. This time it’s all about adventure… not the adventure (that’s in the future) but a chapter where we set out the themes and process of making an adventure for the Age of Heroes.

We know that lots of folks enjoy running our adventures and strive to provide you with a variety of memorable adventures that can be enjoyed again and again. But we also know that the very best guide to what your Player would enjoy is you. So we wanted to make sure that we gave you the tools to make your own BEOWULF adventures.

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BEOWULF at Redbubble

You can grab a bunch of cool BEOWULF merchandise at Redbubble. We sporadically add new designs, so keep checking back. The various designs are available of a ton of different items, including large desk mats, art prints, drinking bottles, T shirts and loads more!

Poems and More

Another day and another stretch goal achieved! Dave will be composing new poems for The Trials of the Twin Seas.

Campaign Coins Streams BEOWULF!

Our friends at Campaign Coins ran two of our adventures on Twitch, and you can catch up with them on Youtube. Mark is a great GM and his players loved it.

Here’s Alex as Blaedswith in Horror at Herrogate:

And here’s Jackson as Bald Eadig:

They’re great fun to watch, and will certainly give you a good idea of what to expect!

Campaign Coins non-coincidentally made our amazing BEOWULF inspiration tokens and BEOWULF compass. These are really weighty pieces of kit and well worth your time.

If you’d like some, you can add these on when you join the Kickstarter!
Sign up today to get a fantastic book of adventures and ensure the future of BEOWULF: Age of Heroes.

The Battlemaps of the Twin Seas

Of the course of The Trials of the Twin Seas, your Hero will face many challenges. When those challenges involve combat with ordinary foes or monsters, we provide battle maps you can use, either in printed form, or digitally. Here’s a preview of some of the maps included:

Woodland Battle Map

Bear Tomb Battle Map

Old Farm Battle Map

Wreck Battle Map

Trials of the Twin Seas, a full-colour hardcover collection of our BEOWULF adventures is coming very soon. Sign up for the forthcoming Kickstarter here!

BEOWULF Digital Packs

We produce a range of additional material for BEOWULF Age of Heroes in bite-sized digital packs. They began life as a stretch goals on our original BEOWULF Kickstarter campaign, and have delivered regular new content to our backers for a year!

BEOWULF Digital Packs are released monthly, apart from months where we have big projects on, which sometimes pause the flow, like March where we’re building up to the Trials of the Twin Seas Kickstarter plus Jon got Covid!

Digital Packs are eminently affordable, and expand your game options with inspirational material, new Followers, monsters and weapons, battle maps, atmospheric background music, VTT tokens and more!

At the time of writing there are Eight Digital Packs in the wild for you to explore. Let’s take a look at their contents:

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Writer Interview: KC Shi

KC Shi wrote Ear of Stone, one of the BEOWULF: Age of Heroes adventures featured in Trials of the Twin Seas. We’re going to ask her a few questions about that process.

Handiwork Games (HW): KC, you’ve got a lot of experience in the roleplaying game field. What’s your favourite kind of project to work on?

KC Shi (KC): Thank you! It’s generous to call me experienced. I feel like I have so much to learn, and everyday I discover more games I want to read, play, and study. As for my favourite projects, I get really excited once monsters are involved. From terrifying, stompy monsters to cute, shoulder-sitting monsters, they always provide memorable moments at the table. Writing a bestiary entry is essentially the equivalent of chatting a friend’s ear off about the cool new animal I just read 15 articles about. And on a more serious note, I think monsters reveal a lot about how we relate to the natural world, the kinds of creatures for whom we reserve our sympathy, and the qualities we use to define ourselves as people. Basically, if you add dinosaurs to a project — or anything that vaguely resembles a dinosaur — I’m smitten.

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9 February 2022 Handiwork Newsletter

Hello everyone! We have some fantastic updates for you from the worlds of Jon Hodgson Maps, Handimonsters and BEOWULF!


First up, let’s talk about the BEOWULF Annual 2022. This is a compilation of the Digital Packs and other bonus releases, all collected together for your convenience in a gorgeous print book.

It has a variety of resources contained within, including new Followers, Gifts, and Burdens, advance on Hero creation, resources for magical items and weapons, plus much. much more!

We’re expecting stock to arrive with us this week, and we’ll share photos as soon as it arrives!

Get the full-colour perfect-bound book (with free PDF) here: here

Or pick up the PDF directly: here

Trials of the Twin Seas Cover Reveal

We’re delighted to announce a new product for BEOWULF: The Trials of the Twin Seas. This adventure anthology will collect our digital adventure releases (including the Triple Serpent, see below) in a print edition. We’re going to use this opportunity to make additions and revisions to our adventures, so they’ll be improved and expanded from their original versions. We’ll bring the Trials of the Twin Seas to Kickstarter soon!

The Triple Serpent

Written by Gareth Hanrahan, the Triple Serpent is our final digital adventure that was unlocked during the original BEOWULF Kickstarter. It’s a complex adventure based on mythology from Gar’s native Ireland and we’re sure you will enjoy it!

If you’ve missed any of the already released BEOWULF adventures, grab them here.

Character Queue

Waelwulf was our latest Hero to be featured on Character Queue! With him, the series is coming to at least a pause, but we’ll have a new series of feature articles to reveal next week.

Handimonster News!

We’ve got some awesome fan feedback to check out, and then we want to remind everyone about the Handimonster Annual.

Scenery Monsters

Jared Rascher has an interesting analysis of our brand new scenery monsters over on Twitter. A creation of Jon’s imagination, scenery monsters come with simple mechanics and easy adjudication so you can some colour to a scene without a lot of overhead.

Handimonsters Annual 2022

Speaking of lots of material with low overhead, this book collects our Handimonsters output from the previous year, giving you a wide variety of 5e monsters.

You can order the full-colour perfect-bound book (with free PDF) from our website: here

Or you can get the PDF directly: here

Jon Hodgson Maps

We have a brand-new VTT scenery map pack to celebrate:

This set of bridge .png files can be arranged in any number of ways in the VTT platform of your choice, to create endlessly varied river crossings. There are long and short stone bridges, broken down stone bridges, rope bridges, wooden bridges, a ford and stepping stones.

These all work on a background that is compatible with the Northern Wilderness Construction set. There are tokens to create pebble banks, and grassy river banks, and two widths of river. In total there are 17 pngs of bridges and 13 tokens to create the scenery underlying your bridge. As a bonus there are also 4 premade maps using these assrts and some bonus items from the Northern Wilderness Construction set by way of example.

Get it now: here!