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How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps
by F+W Media

Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created.

This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps.

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Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers

Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers


A Style Guide with Style Writing With Style: An Editor’s Advice for RPG Writers presents 45 pages of concise tips on simple ways to make your roleplaying game writing cleaner and clearer. This guide doesn’t show you how to structure adventures, build stat blocks, or create worlds. Instead, Ray Vallese looks at some of the most common and easily fixable grammar and style issues he’s...   [click here for more]
Rogue Genius Games  $4.95

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The Smoking Pillar of Lan Yu

The Smoking Pillar of Lan Yu


On the island of Kai Besil the earth trembles with the threat of a terrible fire to come. The forbidding Pillar of Lan Yu plumes white with new smoke, and the warning flames in the village of Talamau burn red and blue with dire promise. Can heroes be found to restore the volcano’s ancient binding, or are the islanders doomed to perish in fire and choking ash? The...   [click here for more]
Sine Nomine Publishing   FREE 

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Exemplars & Eidolons

Exemplars & Eidolons


Tales of Thundering Heroism Welcome to Exemplars & Eidolons. Within these few pages you’ll find a game of titanic heroes and glorious paragons, living legends of every stripe banding together to accomplish deeds of deathless fame. Using the basic framework of classic old-school gaming you’ll fashion fresh exemplars of daring to battle foes far...   [click here for more]
Sine Nomine Publishing   FREE 

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Big List of RPG Plots

Big List of RPG Plots


Over the last two decades, The Big List of RPG Plots has been cited, quoted, thanked and excerpted in articles for computer-game design, a book on Hollywood screenwriting, and more than a few pen-and-paper RPGs. I wrote it in 1993 as an article submission for Pyramid magazine (they rejected it). I later tried to shop it to Dragon and Shadis and others...   [click here for more]
Cumberland Games & Diversions   FREE 

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KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 1

KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 1


Ever wondered what it takes to make it as a freelancer? Want to improve your homebrew adventures? The KOBOLD Guide to Game Design distills years of professional experience into a collection of design wisdom that can improve your game and vastly increase your odds of selling a magazine article, adventure, or complete game design. Includes tips from Keith Baker, Wolfgang Baur, Ed Greenwood,...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $18.95 $14.95

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KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 3: Tools & Techniques

KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 3: Tools & Techniques


Marster the art of game design! The Kobold Guide to Game Design Volume III: Tools &Techniques goes even deeper into the territory of professional design with a dozen essays by an all-star lineup of industry veterans including: Award-winning designer and publisher Wolfgang Baur 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons designer Monte Cook 4th Edition Dungeons &...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $18.95 $14.95

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How to Create Great Fantasy Maps (Even if You Can't Draw)

How to Create Great Fantasy Maps (Even if You Can't Draw)


Don't you wish you could draw those really cool fantasy-style maps to use in your game? Well, you can! This step-by-step guide shows you how to use the most basic of equipment to create brilliant fantasy maps even if (like the author) you have no artistic talents at all. Your scenarios and game resources will never look the same again! ...   [click here for more]
Draken Games  $1.50

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Game Retailer Guide

Game Retailer Guide


Written by a veteran game store owner, the Game Retailer Guide is a how-to industry manual that contains everything you need to know in order to start and run a successful game-selling business. Topics the Game Retailer Guide covers include: * Administration & Planning * Building and Equipping the Store * Competitive Analysis * Products and Services * Marketing &...   [click here for more]
Skirmisher Publishing  $14.99

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A Brief Study of TSR Book Design

A Brief Study of TSR Book Design


For many of us in the hobby there's always been a deep and abiding love for the classic modules and manuals of TSR-era Dungeons & Dragons. Out of affection for those mighty days of yore, I've conducted a light typographic analysis of Original D&D, Basic/Expert D&D, First Edition AD&D, BECMI D&D, and the early-era module designs of the late seventies and early eighties. For each...   [click here for more]
Sine Nomine Publishing   FREE 

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Fate Accelerated/Core Conversion Guide

Fate Accelerated/Core Conversion Guide


Got something that uses the Fate Accelerated defaults for Fate Core, and you wish it used Fate Core's defaults? Or vice-versa? This handy guide from one of the Fate system's originators gives you perspectives and methods to make the conversion process a snap. Inside you'll find: An overview of the differences between the Core and Accelerated defaults for Fate Core. A method for converting skills...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  Pay What You Want

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KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 2

KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 2


Game Design Secrets You Need to Know! The practical side of success as a game designer is revealed in these dozen essays by two professionals, including How to pitch your work How to survive a killer deadline, How to make an impression with magic items How to set up a mystery. Learn what makes a good playtest, What makes a design matter to a wide audience, And many more! With insights...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $18.99 $9.99

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Be Awesome At Freelance Game Design

Be Awesome At Freelance Game Design


Want to break into freelance game design, but don’t know where to start? Have you already had a crack at pitching a project and failed? If so, this is the book for you! Inside, Creighton Broadhurst publisher at Raging Swan Press and an ENnie Award winning game designer reveals his hints, tips and strategies for a successful career in freelance game design. This book covers such subjects as:...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $4.99

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ePublisher Guide

ePublisher Guide


Note that this guide was last updated in 2004. It contains tons of useful advice for new publishers so we continue to offer it. The definitive guide to electronic publishing for the RPG/Game Industry. With over 80 pages packed (no art) of information on how to startup and run your new business from many well known names in the industry. Detailed information on how to be successfully...   [click here for more]
OneBookShelf, Inc.   FREE 

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The RPG Handbook

The RPG Handbook


UPDATE - A full colour version has just been added on 30/4/13 :) The RPG Handbook is a system-free guide to playing tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs). The RPG Handbook looks at: Inviting new players to try out tabletop RPGs. Getting kids involved in trying out imaginative games. Emphasizing deeper character development. Making it easy to run and vary solo and team RPG gameplay. Turning players...   [click here for more]
Thistle Games  $9.99 $4.99

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Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires

Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires


One-of-a-kind reference book for authors, publishers, game designers, researchers, vampire enthusiasts, and historians worldwide "An amazing collection of vampires and vampire lore, and a fantastic resource for fans, researchers, and writers. I love it!" -Rosemary Ellen Guiley Author, The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters   "This book...   [click here for more]
Scaldcrow Games  $39.95 $17.99

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Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design

Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design


Got Questions About RPG Design? Wolfgang Baur, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Michael Stackpole, and other industry veterans have the answers you asked for...and the advice you need! Get ready to create great new adventures, monsters and magic for your RPG campaign! The Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design offers 240 pages of in-depth essays on what makes RPGs tick. Get...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $14.99

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The GM's Planet-Building Handbook

The GM's Planet-Building Handbook


So, your sci-fi RPG campaign is going to span vast volumes of space and introduce new alien races from an exotic medley of planets. But just what are those planets like? This handbook will allow you to design realistic planets capable of bearing human (or human-like) life. Guidance is given on: Host star Planet orbit Planet size Axial tilt Moons Planet rotation Magnetosphere Geological activity Atmosphere Hydrosphere Climate Plus,...   [click here for more]
Draken Games  $3.95

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Be Awesome At Dungeon Design

Be Awesome At Dungeon Design


Any GM can design a basic dungeon. A dedicated GM takes the extra time to craft exciting, logical and challenging dungeons that are so much more than a series of rooms stuffed full of monsters and treasure. Be Awesome At Dungeon Design comprises eight dungeon design essays by ENnie Award winning designer Creighton Broadhurst. Handling such subjects as a dungeon’s purpose, design, ecology,...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press   FREE 

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Adventure Design in Practice

Adventure Design in Practice


Adventure Design in Practice is a structured analysis on my upcoming next adventure that will hit the gaming table with my regular group in three days from the time of writing this. It is my personal preparation work in a documented format with designer notes in a classic game master guide style. I analyze collaborative storytelling and how it can be fused with more linear story...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $1.50 $1.05

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ePublisher D20/OGL Guide

ePublisher D20/OGL Guide


ZIP file version contains copies of the licenses and SRDs. The official supplement of the highly regarded ePublisher Guide. This book contains everything you need to know about the D20 and Open Gaming Licenses to produce a quality product. Licenses are translated to plain English by our staff lawyer. The pitfalls and common mistakes of beginning publishers are presented to prevent you...   [click here for more]
OneBookShelf, Inc.   FREE 

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Arcane Icons

Arcane Icons


Arcane Icon Custom Art for Publishers! Arcane Icons is a specific need filling gap for Publishers. You have a huge collection of RPG clip art and you still have gaps in what you need. Lets face it, not every artist can anticipate the potential need for any style of art or every genre. 1 (one) of ANY kind of art, comic, Sci-Fi, Fantasy illustration !! This is where V Shane's Arcane...   [click here for more]
V Shane  $10.00

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DragonArt

DragonArt


Nothing makes your imagination catch fire like a dragon! And now you can breathe fire with the best of them as you create dragons and other mythical beasts that will awe, delight, and disturb. More than 30 lessons break down each creature into simple color-coded steps, from basic shapes, to details including claws and wings, to spectacular finished dragons and beasts. All you need is a pencil,...   [click here for more]
F+W Media  $19.99 $11.99

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FREE Solar Echoes Orientation Guide

FREE Solar Echoes Orientation Guide


Catch a glimpse of the Solar Echoes universe with the free Orientation Guide! Inside are details about the setting and a quick example of the fast-paced combat system. In the setting info, learn about the Inter-Stellar Union, the Union Guard, and your role as a Union Guard agent. Also included is historical info about the part of the galaxy you are in, some history...   [click here for more]
Corefun Studios, LLC   FREE 

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FREE Overnight Elite Pack

FREE Overnight Elite Pack


The Overnight Elite Pack includes details about how to level characters quickly and easily for play at higher levels. This quick-leveling system is recommended for player use with the permission of their Mission Controller. MC's are advised to use this system to make it easier to run higher-level missions without having to adjust the contents of the mission to fit lower level characters....   [click here for more]
Corefun Studios, LLC   FREE 

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Thirty Rules of Horror

Thirty Rules of Horror


Thirty system-agnostic guidelines for GM's and Players engaged in horror RPGs. Made by Arcana Games www.arcana-games.com ...   [click here for more]
Arcana Games  Pay What You Want

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Questions Without Answers

Questions Without Answers


What can change a person's very nature? How can the broken be made whole? What does it mean to be a hero? In a world where most people still dismiss genre fiction as ‘trash’ or ‘pulp,' it should be no surprise that role playing games don’t have a reputation for literary value. And, to be fair, I can understand why: most...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  Pay What You Want

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Instant Aliens

Instant Aliens


Finally! An alien life creator that builds plausible ecosystems from microbes up to plant, animal, and sapient species. Alien encounters are some of the most exciting aspects of science fiction. In many cases, though, the beings depicted are only slight variations of our own species, often with barely a thought given to the other creatures that populate the native...   [click here for more]
Galactic Baroque Publishing  $10.00

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Play Your Character Like A Fucking Boss

Play Your Character Like A Fucking Boss


Don't let the other guy have all the fun! It's your game, too. Roleplaying is a contact sport, so get in there and make it happen!!! There may be a reason why your games aren't as awesome as they could be. Could be the system, might be the GM, or possibly it's you - the player. I'm not saying this little self-help guide will turn you into the fucking boss overnight, but it's a start. How...   [click here for more]
Kort'thalis Publishing  $3.00

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Structured Free Association Story Plot Method 2.0

Structured Free Association Story Plot Method 2.0


Do you want to write better role playing game story plots? Don't have much time but would like to have engaging storylines for your players to explore? Key highlights: Harness your full personal capability using keyword association Write fast - as quickly as in 10-15 minutes from scratch to gaming table Be more varied than ever - avoid cliched anti-climatic story arcs How...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $1.00 $0.80

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Combat Coeffect - Complexity, Drama and Agency

Combat Coeffect - Complexity, Drama and Agency


Is your combat feeling long but unexciting, lacking drama and consequence? Level 0: Unplayable Over-simplifications. 4 Sheer numbers game. 4 Power-struggle. 4 A Random-factor in a Power-Struggle. 5 Having a Tactic / Birth of Agency. 6 Becoming a specialist. 7 Level 1: Fundaments of RPG Combat. 9 It’s a Hit! 9 World of Hurt. 10 Who goes first. 13 NPCs also...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $1.00 $0.50

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Elegant Encounter Design

Elegant Encounter Design


Encounters are the motor of your storytelling. The way they are structured contributes the most to your table top experience. I've compiled a collection of design principles for encounters using my business consultancy skillset. It's been refeshing to deploy those practices to role playing domain and I feel it has given me a new angle to the subject in general. Key highlights and learning include:...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $3.00 $2.30

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Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding

Jester David’s How-To Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding


Inside this 200-page tome you will learn how to: Sculpt a continent Design a nation Plan a city or village Create a Pantheon And build your owm fantasy world! Over its eighteen chapters, this book walks you through the steps needed to create a fantasy world, from the initial brainstorming to the niggling details. Each chapter ends with an example, demonstrating the advice of that chapter...   [click here for more]
5 Minute Workday Publishing  $4.00

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Echelon Explorations: Polyhedral Pantheons

Echelon Explorations: Polyhedral Pantheons


The gods create the world... and you create the gods. Whether you need only a small pantheon with a few deities, or a larger pantheon with dozens of deities, Polyhedral Pantheons gives you tools to make pantheon creation easy. This book also contains three pantheons and over seventy deities as examples you can use in your game. The Shu-shi Pantheon, venerated by Chinese halflings who seek...   [click here for more]
Echelon Game Design  $3.99

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Echelon Expansions: Draconic Bloodlines

Echelon Expansions: Draconic Bloodlines


Great-grandma was seduced by a dragon, When she became the dragon’s reeve. You might think there’s no such thing as dragons, But as for me and my dad, we believe. — The Wyrmish Rovers While direct, if distant, descent from a dragon is a common explanation for a sorcerer’s draconic bloodline, others are possible. Long association...   [click here for more]
Echelon Game Design  $4.99

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Rick Hershey: Art Rates 2017

Rick Hershey: Art Rates 2017


Rick Hershey: Art Rates 2017 The following pages list my illustration and design rates for 2017. Each section breaks down the importance of the service, as well as presenting the cost to hire. If there is ever a project you need help on and the rates are not listed in this document, feel free to contact me and discuss. Available Services Include: Art Direction Page Layout and...   [click here for more]
Fat Goblin Games   FREE 

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Kicking It: Successful Crowdfunding

Kicking It: Successful Crowdfunding


In Kicking It, game designer Monte Cook (D&D 3rd Edition, Numenera) and author/editor Shanna Germain (Geek Love, The Lure of Dangerous Women) each use their experience in running recent, successful Kickstarter campaigns to provide a step-by-step guide for you to plan, create, manage, and fund a money-making crowdfunding venture. You'll find a comparison of the various crowdfunding sites,...   [click here for more]
Stone Box Press  $5.99

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How to GM Bundle [BUNDLE]

How to GM Bundle [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. How to be a Master GM Regular price: $5.99 Bundle price: $4.99 Format: PDF Mastery Many Gamemasters never go beyond Expert. They feel no need. They already know how to make a Role-Playing Game fun and exciting, and they see no reason to search for something deeper. And they...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $23.96 $19.96

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T5 Imperiallines 06

T5 Imperiallines 06


Welcome… to the first new issue of Imperiallines in over 20 years. The original Imperiallines was started by GDW (and editor John Meyers) in 1991 to focus on Traveller and as an adjunct to the more general Challenge Magazine. Intended to be only a few pages, whichever issue was current was included in the Traveller starter box sets. Two issues were...   [click here for more]
Game Designers' Workshop (GDW)  $2.99

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25 Quick & Dirty Map Tutorials Guide Book - GPS2001

25 Quick & Dirty Map Tutorials Guide Book - GPS2001


25 Quick & Dirty Map Tutorials Guide Book is the first in a series of tutorials guides that intend to teach you how to create stunning, photo-realistic maps for games using any standard graphics application - Photoshop, GIMP, Illustrator, Inkscape, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, and many other similar applications. These are techniques used by a professional RPG cartographer....   [click here for more]
Gamer Printshop  $19.99

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Description Cards - Storytellers Deck - ENVIRONMENTS CARDS excerpt - (Creative Inspiration for Writers, Storytellers and GMs).: Contains 12 Cards from the "Description Cards - Storytellers Deck"

Description Cards - Storytellers Deck - ENVIRONMENTS CARDS excerpt - (Creative Inspiration for Writers, Storytellers and GMs).: Contains 12 Cards from the "Description Cards - Storytellers Deck"


How to best describe Landscapes? It’s important to give your audience (readers or fellow gamers) a sense of place. That is, a landscape they can identify with and/or visualize.The difficulty here is placing a feature, a moment or a mark on the landscape that's memorable and (more importantly) indigenous to the landscape. This is exactly what these cards...   [click here for more]
Conflict Games, LLC  $1.99 $0.99

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Adventure Guide Pack

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Adventure Guide Pack


Adventure-Building Support for The GameMaster's Apprentice! Minimal Layout, Maximum Content!* Note: Each of these Adventure Guides is included with their respective genre deck of GameMaster's Apprentice cards (save the Fantasy guide, which is bundled with the Base Deck); if you purchase or plan to purchase all the decks, you do not need to purchase this separately! This pack...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  $0.99

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Advanced Fast Initiative

Advanced Fast Initiative


Interested to run more advanced and tactical initiative system but without added overhead and downtime? Inspired by Mike Mearls of D&D and board game Gloomhaven mechanics, I have worked a system that well meets those requirements. It's playtested and finetuned on a continuous basis by my own group. The response has been very positive, primarily due to the fact that combat is...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent   FREE 

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Elegant Initiative Design

Elegant Initiative Design


Second title in my elegant design series focuses on combat iniatiative system options and turn order structure in general. If you have interest to see how your current initiative system could be spiced up with some additions or even replaced completely with a one more fitting to your play style, you should find this an interesting read. Many of the systems and mechanisms are in use in various...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $2.00 $1.30

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Planet Mercenary Game Chief Secrets PDF

Planet Mercenary Game Chief Secrets PDF


This is a supplement to the Planet Mercenary RPG which contains design information, Q&A, and an extended index. ...   [click here for more]
Hypernode Media   FREE 

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ePublisher PDF Creator

ePublisher PDF Creator


Note that his title was last updated in 2004. While some PDF specifications and practices have changed since then, most of the advice in this book are still valuable. This whopping 100 page official supplement of the highly regarded ePublisher Guide is jammed packed with excellent advice and great product reviews. This book is designed to help you create professional looking products...   [click here for more]
OneBookShelf, Inc.   FREE 

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Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional

Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional


Want to write for games? Think your art is ready for professional publication? Not sure how to get your foot in the door? Freelance writer/editor/game creator Jess Hartley shares her secrets for using conventions as an entry into the game industry. This was originally a series of articles presented on Jess' website to offer her experiences and advice to potential freelancers looking to make...   [click here for more]
FR Press  $1.99 $0.99

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Wellstone City Adventure Deck

Wellstone City Adventure Deck


“You’re presuming there are kidnappers at all; what if she’s just missing?” Mason asked. He’d dealt with security concerns all over the world and he stayed very secretive about what those concerns were, or even which side he was on. “Yes, but I think that’s the safe route at this point. And since there’s been no ransom demand that means she’s probably...   [click here for more]
Silver Gryphon Games  $5.00

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OBS Footer Code for OneBookShelf Publishers

OBS Footer Code for OneBookShelf Publishers


The OBS Footer Code: Your Way to Increasing Sales on OneBookShelf Sites Think of any major ecommerce website you frequent (including this one.) You will notice they are constantly pitching additional products to you based on similarities to the ones you are looking at on their site. Even on any of the various OneBookShelf websites (RPGNow, DriveThru,...   [click here for more]
Misfit Studios  $4.95

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Westbound Quickstart

Westbound Quickstart


The Westbound Quickstart is designed to pick up and play immediately and only includes the very basic rules required to play. The book contains a very basic rules set, four player characters and a guide on how to play each one, a guide on how to be a Game Master, and a short adventure. (With Maps and visual aids) We're fully funded on Kickstarter. You can order the Hardcover Rulebook on our kickstarter...   [click here for more]
Island Of Bees   FREE 

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Tutorial: InDesign Cover

Tutorial: InDesign Cover


A quick-and-dirty tutorial on how to use 3 pages within an InDesign file to make a flexible book cover, easily exportable to multiple formats! ...   [click here for more]
Adam Jury  Pay What You Want

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