T-Shirts

I finally got around to making T-Shirts! It was actually quite the research project! I should come right out and let you know that this isn’t a big money making plan for me. I’m just thrilled that somebody, somewhere, might buy one and wear it around.

Spreadshirt is the printer/fulfillment company, who are a fairly common choice for people who want to sell shirts without actually being in the t-shirt business. So, most of the cost goes to them, that’s the way it is. The alternative, was to print them locally and then be my own personal …read more

Posted in Site News by [email protected] on September 15th, 2017 (2 comments)

New Sound: Spire RPG ‘The Heart’

A couple of months ago I mentioned that I had been asked to contribute ambient audio tracks for Grant Howitt’s (Goblin Quest, Unbound, One Last Job) new RPG, The Spire.
I asked Grant and company if they would allow me to share the work I did on the site and – lovely people that that they are, they agreed!
Here then is the first of seven tracks that I did …read more

Posted in New Sounds by [email protected] on September 12th, 2017 (no comments)

New Sound: Crossroads

I decided to set an ambience in the deep south, sometime in the 20th century.

It may appear to be a sleepy intersection on a rural road, but if you’ve ever read the great Southern authors, O’Connor, Faulkner, Welty, McCullers – the list is actually endless – you’ll know that there’s a sub-current that’s deep, wide, and pervasive.

This could be the backdrop to a murder mystery, or a ghost story. It could be a story about a deal that’s about to go down. Or did. It doesn’t have to be dark, but southern stories usually end up …read more

Posted in New Sounds by [email protected] on August 25th, 2017 (no comments)

“Help, My Playlists and SoundPads Disappeared!”

Google recently announced that starting in October of 2017, websites that are served via HTTP (non-secure) will have scary security warnings on them – even if they don’t collect any information from visitors, like Tabletop  Audio.

So, because that sounds awful, I have migrated the site to the more secure and compliant HTTPS protocol. So everything is now compliant, except, it was pointed out to me, that this removes all your saved playlists, SoundPad scenes and Custom SoundPads.

D’oh!

Luckily, a Patreon patron (Thanks Antti!) did some sleuthing and there is a way to recover them.

Tabletop Audio uses the …read more

Posted in Site News by [email protected] on August 23rd, 2017 (no comments)

2017 ENnie Award Gold Medal!

I’m thrilled to announce that Tabletop Audio was awarded a gold medal for Best Website at the 2017 ENnie awards at GenCon last night! As always, all the nominees were amazing. So many amazing publishers, podcasters, game designers, writers and artists were on display this year, as every year. I felt lucky to be included in the list. Thanks everyone that voted for me! – Tim

Posted in Site News by [email protected] on August 19th, 2017 (4 comments)

New Sound: RavenPuff Common Room

I’ve had lots of requests for an HP themed ambience over the years but I felt that, of all background sounds, this one seemed over-represented on the Internet. However, I’m always up for a challenge so I finally decided to create one of my own. The big difference is, this one is populated with young witches and wizards.

I love the idea of an empty, vibe-filled room as much as the next person, but to me,  the word “common” in the name signified something more. It needed life, activity, and bustle. I always say this, but this …read more

Posted in New Sounds by [email protected] on August 2nd, 2017 (no comments)

New Sound: Antiquarian Study

It’s great to be back at home in Brooklyn after a wonderful 10 days in the UK.

Upon return I embarked immediately on a 2 week stint at a chamber music camp here in Brooklyn where I coached a string quartet and and the kids performed the final concert magnificently. I honestly thought I’d have a ton of time in addition to camp to work on Tabletop Audio but that turned out not to be the case. Teachers who teach year-round, I salute you!

This new track, Antiquarian Study, was a commission for an Escape Room. The creative …read more

Posted in New Sounds by [email protected] on July 25th, 2017 (no comments)

New Sound: Dwarven City

I needed to get back down to earth after the last two abstract ‘planes’ ambiences, so I decided to go all middle-earthy and see what I could do with a massive dwarf city.

My list of notes contained the following: “fire, bubbling pools of molten metal, dripping metal, machinery, forge, workers, livestock, bellows..”.

Actually livestock never made it in. I had a goat and a chicken at one point but every time they came up I cracked up. Not in a good way.

So then there was the music. Always tough. I decided it should be mostly textural, but …read more

Posted in New Sounds by [email protected] on June 22nd, 2017 (no comments)

New Sound: Astral Plane

I wasn’t really meaning to do another abstract ‘plane‘ ambience so soon after Ethereal Plane but that’s exactly what happened.

One of the nice things about abstract sounds, as you all keep reminding me, is that they can really be used for anything. Since they’re not constrained by ‘known’ noises, like footsteps, or doors slamming, you don’t have to worry about breaking the mood with a sound that’s way out of place.

Astral Plane will be right at home in scifi stories, horror stories or any weird fiction really.

 

Posted in New Sounds by [email protected] on June 16th, 2017 (no comments)

New Sound: Ethereal Plane

I have to be honest, none of my D&D games ever really ventured to the various planes. We were always pretty terrestrially bound. Taverns, dungeons, towns, forests. These were our stomping grounds and stomp we did! But there was always those few pages in the Dungeon Master’s guide that I skipped over and that nagged me. What were these planes things and what did one do there?
And what did they sound like?

So, as frequently happens, I got a really clear vision in my head, sat down to work, and 5 hours later realized I had …read more

Posted in New Sounds by [email protected] on June 5th, 2017 (no comments)