Micronomicon: A Compendium of Magic for Tiny Dungeon 2e

Created by John D. Payne

A supplement for TD2e and other tabletop RPGs, the MICRONOMICON is packed with spells, potions, items, and new magical micro-settings!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Poll results + Tiny D6 MEGA-BUNDLE
about 24 hours ago – Thu, Dec 05, 2019 at 03:33:03 PM

Greetings, all!  The book continues to progress, and I will have a full update in the next week or so with more detail.  But for now there are just two quick things I want to mention.

First, I forgot to tell you all how our last Backers' Choice poll came out.  The winner, with 43% of the vote, was the country-fried fantasy THE CROSSROADS.

When the moon is new, head out to the Crossroads. Stop by the smokehouse, have some ribs, and put a few quarters into the old jukebox. But be gone before The Crows ride in. Rough bunch of gals. Church'll be closed, but you might could catch Pastor Lucky there-- or he might catch you.  Take a stroll down by Sender Creek and you’ll find Miss Judy selling wondrous restoratives and cure-alls. Whatever you need, she has it. For a  price, of course. Nice place, the Crossroads. Good honest folk. Stay a while, won't you?

Crossroads setting illustration by Anthony Cournoyer

Thank you all for participating in the poll, and for making this one our last backers' choice.  I love all three of the settings that were in that poll, but this one was a special favorite of mine, something I've been working on for almost two years. I've already written it up, had it reviewed by beta readers, and put it in to layout.  It was just a blast to write, and I hope you all have fun playing it.

Now, moving on to the second thing I wanted to talk to you all about.  Right now you can pick up a mega-bundle with PDFs for every single Tiny D6 product on the market, at a holiday discount of almost 90% off!  

HUGE Tiny Bundle!

Plus, the best part is that DriveThruRPG automatically drops the price for each thing you already own.  For me, the bundle cost less than $10, since I already have almost all of these books.

So, if you've been wanting to round out your collection, I don't think you will ever get a better chance, or see a better price.  This deal is a limited time only, so don't sleep on it.


(Full disclosure: Because my very own Deep Dive adventure is included in this thing, I do get a little royalty for every bundle sold.  Which means I have about 22 cents worth of bias.  Just want to play it straight with you all.)

Giving thanks
9 days ago – Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 08:50:55 PM

Greetings, all!  My warmest Thanksgiving wishes to those of you in the US.  (And everybody else, I hope you will have a super awesome Thursday tomorrow.) In this season, I like to think about how hashtag-blessed I am and to try to live with a little more gratitude.  So let me start by saying how thankful I am for all you, for your support for this project and also for your patience.

On that note, here's a quick update on how we're doing.  On the art front, we have almost all our big pieces done, with just a few still outstanding.  As a matter of fact, I just got four more finished Iconic Mage illustrations in from Nic and they are gorgeous.  

Spell-Touched and Shaman iconic mage illustrations by Nicolás R. Giacondino.

I really love these, especially the Spell-Touched Gaucho with his bolas of fire.  And that foxy Fey Shaman.  And the friendly neighborhood Lizardfolk Spell Reader.  And that badass Psionic Panda.  Man, I love them all. 

Dang.  This book is going to be so beautiful.  

Spell Reader and Psionics iconic mage illustrations by Nicolás R. Giacondino.

Quick plug, by the way.  If you want to own one of these, as in hang the one and only signed original on your wall, two of these four (both Karhu) are still available (along with about a half-dozen others).  To make one of these your own, go to the add-on page on BackerKit and select Signed Original Artworks.  Then email or message me to tell me which one you want, and whether you want it in black & white or full color.  It's first come, first served, so jump in and snag your favorite before it's too late.  

Speaking of limited time offers, this Saturday (11/30) is the last day for three of our add-ons: Your Face in the Book, Your Character in the Book, and Fund a New Microsetting.  We're getting into layout now (more on this in a minute) and need to lock down both text and illustrations.  In fact, I probably should have closed these down already, but I didn't want to do so without letting you all know that the blinking red LED timer is counting down to zero.  So if you want to slide something in at the last second, this is your chance.  

So, as I mentioned, we are going into layout.  Actually, we've gone into layout-- we're doing it on a rolling basis as chapters come out of edits.  And there are a lot of chapters.  The Micronomicon will have at least twelve chapters on magical Traits, and at least twenty magical microsettings. Hard to say for sure before layout is done, but my best guess at this point is that the book will be 250-300 pages.  (Just think how big it would be if this wasn't for a minimalist game!)  

The bad news in all of this is that we're almost to December and we're still not done with layout, which means it's unlikely you'll have a book in your hands in time for Christmas. But everyone on the team is working as fast as they can, and I will do everything I can to get the Micronomicon to you as fast as is humanly possible.  

My apologies to you for the delays, which are largely my fault.  This is my first Kickstarter, so it's been a real learning experience, and one of the things I have learned is to build a lot more cushion into my calendar.  (To those of you who told me so-- you were right!)

Again, my deepest thanks to all of you for your support and your patience.  Working on this project has been just an amazing experience for me, and I love how it's coming together.  It's going to be an incredible book, and I can't wait to be able to share it with you. 



Micronomicon Production Report


  • Foreword: Complete.
  • Rules: 80-90% done. (Might add another chapter.)
  • Stretch Goal Writing: In progress.  19/20  initial drafts complete.
  • Indices: Waiting on text.

Art Team

  • Iconic Mages: 9 complete, 4 more in progress.
  • Setting Illustrations: 19 complete, 1 more in progress.
  • Custom Setting Illustrations: 3 complete, 1 more in progress.
  • Spot art: Acquired, mostly sorted out.


  • Pre-Order Store: Live and taking preorders.
  • Backer Surveys: 96% complete.


  •  Game Design: 7 new card games in design and testing.
  •  Text for Cards: Initial spell selection in process.
  •  Art and Layout: Initial templates complete.  Initial layout complete for card backs and 5/55 card fronts.


  •  Editing: Editing mostly complete for Part I.  Editing in process for Part II.
  •  Layout: In process.
  •  Review: Waiting for editing and layout.
  •  File conversion: Waiting for review.
  •  Proofing: Waiting for proofs.

Backers Choice IV poll!
about 1 month ago – Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 07:53:35 PM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

Tiny Dungeon 2e on sale! One day only!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 03:40:52 AM

Just a quick note today because Tiny Dungeon 2e is on sale!  It's the deal of the day over at DriveThruRPG, so if you (or your gaming amigos) don't already own TD2e, go snag a copy right now!  

Tiny Dungeon 2nd edition on sale ONE DAY ONLY

PS - Production on the Micronomicon is chugging along nicely.  We're starting to get chapters back from layout, and they look great!  More on that soon.  (:

BK stretch goals + Rock Band Fights Evil
2 months ago – Tue, Oct 01, 2019 at 02:21:29 AM

Happy Monday, all.  Book production is moving right along.  Art is coming in, writing and editing continue apace, we've got some groups doing playtesting, and we're beginning work on layout.  All looking good so far. 

The BackerKit / preorder store is also going gangbusters.  Almost 90% of our Kickstarter backers have filled out their surveys, and we're also picking up some new preorder backers.  All of this is great, and is helping us meet our post-Kickstarter stretch goals.  Which goals?  Well, I'm glad you asked!

1) We hit a lot of stretch goals in the Kickstarter campaign, but there were also lots we didn't hit, which means some really fantastic settings that got left out of the book.  Happily, your add-ons have so far funded THREE more microsettings that will be included in the Micronomicon.  

Songs of Oversea; Knowledge Arcana, Inc.; Fall of Telmara. Illustrations by Anthony Cournoyer.

So the Micronomicon will now include Justin Finley's Songs of Oversea, Mario Cordova's Knowledge Arcana, Inc., and Shawn Carman's Fall of Telmara.  Goal accomplished!  Thank you all!  (And we might be able to fit in more.)

2) One of the add-ons is an anthology of fantastic stories about magic written by a number of Micronomicon setting authors, including Christopher Ruocchio.  The book would also include some brand-new magical stories from other fantasy and science fiction authors, such as DJ Butler.  But this book will only happen (and you will only be charged) if we get 100 pledges for the book.  Right now we have 15, so if you want to read these stories, be sure to add on the anthology.  

3) During the Kickstarter campaign, we had a backer's choice poll to add a new microsetting every time we added another 100 backers.  Right now, including preorder backers, we stand at 396.  Once we hit 400, I will open up another poll and you all will once again get to pick your favorite setting to include in the book.  So, please keep spreading the word!  

Finally, I just want to call your attention to a Kickstarter happening right now that looks like a lot of fun to me.  In fact, I backed it.  Rock Band Fights Evil is not just an awesome book series, but now a hellacious mini-boardgame from Chris Ferguson and DJ Butler:  In Rock Band Fights Evil, a rock band of damned fools is on the run from the powers of hell.  Play hell or play the rock band in this two-player micro-boardgame.  If that sounds as fun to you as it does to me, click through and drop a few bucks to pick up a sweet new 2 person game.

That's all for today.  Rock on, fight evil, and I'll check in with you again in a week or two.  

Thanks, everybody!