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:

Year-end update
about 2 months ago – Wed, Jan 01, 2020 at 02:12:58 AM

Happy New Year, everybody!

Our original goal for the Micronomicon was to ship in December, and unfortunately we are not going to make it, for which I apologize.  Although this delay is partly for reasons out of our control (still waiting on some art, etc.), mostly it's been me.  In hindsight, my timeline was too aggressive and didn't have enough slack built in.  And then life happened, as it does.  (Literally.  We had a baby three weeks ago.) 

The good thing is that the book is coming together nicely.  It's going to be beautiful.  All of Nic's art is getting upgraded from Black & White to Grayscale, and the chapters that have come through layout look very slick and professional. It's also going to be big. Right now we're estimating 70-75,000 words, which means something like 250-300 pages, including 21 new and unique microsettings.  

In fact, in the last few weeks, we've added one more: The Land of Broken Roads, by Ryan English.  

Rocks fall, everyone dies? Don't rip up those character sheets just yet! Instead, let them be reborn in a new world, one that needs their advanced talents. The age of Mankind is nearly at an end. Only the greatest heroes can save humanity from extinction, and the gods are willing to give you one more chance. Come, live again, and fight anew!

Broken Roads setting illustration by Anthony Cournoyer

To help us get all this awesomeness wrapped up and delivered to you as soon as possible, I have hired Greg Israel of Blue Oxrat Games to help edit the book. He's already working on edits, getting text finalized and chapters pushed through the pipeline.  Thanks, Greg!

Now the question I expect you all to have at this point is when exactly you will have this amazing book in your hot little hands.  Having blown one deadline already, I am hesitant to be as optimistic as I feel.  So I am just going to be conservative and say April.  

Again, I'm sorry that this project is moving so slowly, and I appreciate your continued patience, as well as all the supportive emails and comments (here and elsewhere).  You people are amazing.  Thank you all for partnering with me to bring this work to life.

Poll results + Tiny D6 MEGA-BUNDLE
3 months 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
3 months 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!
4 months ago – Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 07:53:35 PM

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Tiny Dungeon 2e on sale! One day only!
4 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.  (: