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Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep

Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep


"Gnome Stew has hit another home run for the Game Master. Never Unprepared has earned a permanent place in my GM toolbox, right along side the likes of Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering, Hamlet’s Hit Points, Play Dirty, Eureka, and Masks. Highly recommended." -- RoleplayDNA review 2013 Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication - 2013 ENnie Award...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $19.95 $9.95

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Taking the Narrative by the Tail: GM Intrusions & Special Effects

Taking the Narrative by the Tail: GM Intrusions & Special Effects


Great moments don't just happen on their own. GM intrusions offer an opportunity for the Numenera GM to really shine--and for the players to experience incredible turning points in their characters' stories. But how do you use this feature of the game to its fullest? Taking the Narrative by the Tail offers tips and techniques for great GM intrusions, as well as a...   [click here for more]
Monte Cook Games  $0.99

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Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters

Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters


Twenty three short essays from twenty three exceptional Game Masters and creators that will invariably aid you in your quest to make your games better because they reflect what happens, rather than what you have planned.” — Sean’s Pick of the Day review 2015 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement and Best Artwork & Presentation Improvisation...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $19.95 $9.95

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Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management

Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management


If you’re planning on running a campaign, you’ll want this book.” — Critical Hits review 2014 ENnie Award nominee for Best Aid/Accessory - 2013 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement Do you ever wish you had a guide to help make running ongoing campaigns easier and more fun? Then you need Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $24.95 $11.95

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The Arkham Gazette #0

The Arkham Gazette #0


"When a traveller in north central Massachusetts takes the wrong fork at the junction of the Aylesbury Pike just beyond Dean’s Corners he comes upon a lonely and curious country." - The Dunwich Horror This issue of the Arkham Gazette was developed as a 'proof' of concept' test to see if the idea for a magazine focused on the Lovecraft Country setting for The...   [click here for more]
Sentinel Hill Press  Pay What You Want

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KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding

KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding


The Essential Elements for Building a World Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-Earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again. Now,...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $19.99 $14.99

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Old School Renaissance Handbook

Old School Renaissance Handbook


“Brent's book is exactly the reference I was hoping for when I went looking for more clear-eyed discussion of just what's in these games.” – Paul Beakley You may have heard of the Old School Renaissance, an enthusiastic movement that champions old-school gaming and old-school systems. Here's the problem: there are dozens of old school rule sets. So which one should...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  $9.99 $6.99

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Play Dirty 2 - Even Dirtier

Play Dirty 2 - Even Dirtier


15 years ago, John Wick's book of GM advice, Play Dirty, took the gaming industry by storm. Some called it monstrous. Others refused to read it all together. Some retailers even refused to carry the book. Now, John Wick is back with a whole new tome of dastardly tricks to keep your players guessing and your table humming: Play Dirty 2: Even Dirtier. Take a tour through twelve new chapters, each...   [click here for more]
John Wick Presents  $19.99 $9.99

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Gamers Guide to Fantasy Role-playing, Volume I

Gamers Guide to Fantasy Role-playing, Volume I


For years, tabletop role-playing games have been expanding and growing into ever-changing genres and sub-genres. After a while, there are so many products and so many sub-genres that trying to find just the right one can become overwhelming. So what do you do when you want to find a new game to play? The Gamers Guide to series presents Gamemasters and Players an idea of what genres and sub-genres...   [click here for more]
Roleplayers Chronicle  $1.00

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Elusive Legends: Building Story in Tabletop RPGs

Elusive Legends: Building Story in Tabletop RPGs


Building Story in Tabletop Roleplaying Games Learn to be a good gamemaster by learning how to be a good writer. Inject great stories into your roleplaying games by taking advantage of decades of fiction writing instruction. See how 22 different writing concepts apply to specific roleplaying games like D&D, Fate Core, Dungeon World, and Hillfolk. ...   [click here for more]
Diceless Hero Games  $2.99

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The Lazy Dungeon Master

The Lazy Dungeon Master


You love Dungeons and Dragons. As an experienced dungeon master you've run dozens, if not hundreds of games. You put a lot of work into making your games great. What if there's another way to look at how you prepare your game? What if it turned out you could spend less time, less energy, and have a better game as a result? It's time to unleash the Lazy Dungeon Master. Written in the style of Sly...   [click here for more]
SlyFlourish  $5.99

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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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Hamlet's Hit Points

Hamlet's Hit Points


See Your Stories Like Never Before Hamlet's Hit Points presents a toolkit that helps make storytelling in any RPG easier and more fun by classifying story beats and letting you track their ups and downs from hope to fear and back. Armed with these tools, you'll be equipped to lay compelling track for an emotional roller-coaster that will keep everyone at your game table involved,...   [click here for more]
Gameplaywright  $8.00

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So You've Decided To Run A Role-Playing Game

So You've Decided To Run A Role-Playing Game


Everybody’s heard of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), but unless you’ve actually played one you probably don’t know how they work. Even if you’re an experienced RPG player, most game manuals spend more time explaining rules and genre trappings than offering practical advice for first-time Game Masters. Whether you’re a wannabe gamer who’s never rolled a twenty-sided...   [click here for more]
Hex Games  $10.00 $2.99

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Designers & Dragons: The Platinum Appendix

Designers & Dragons: The Platinum Appendix


AN APPENDIX FOR THE FOUR-VOLUME SET! Designers & Dragons: The Platinum Appendix is a collection of additional essays and indices to enhance and expand the material found in the Designers & Dragons series by author-historian Shannon Appelcline. In this appendix, you’ll find: Essays on women in the roleplaying industry, the Auriana Gang, the Hero Auxiliary Corps,...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $5.00

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Designers & Dragons: The 70s

Designers & Dragons: The 70s


PART ONE OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’70s is a comprehensive picture of the beginnings of the RPG industry. This second edition expands the original single book into a series of four, and we’ve added over 50,000 new words to this volume alone. Learn about the colorful...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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How to Create a Great Campaign

How to Create a Great Campaign


If you have played role-playing games for any amount of time it is likely you have heard one of your friends proudly exclaim “wow, what a great campaign that was!” Session after session of tense and exciting role-playing and combat that created such fascinating stories you re-tell them for years to come. Often times it is easy to think that these people are just lucky enough to played...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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Best of Fenix - Volume 1-3

Best of Fenix - Volume 1-3


Buy all three volumes of Best of Fenix to a considerably better price. Why choose one when you can have them all? Volume 1 In this our first anthology you will find myths and legends of different kinds, some true to classic source material and others warped through a brand new filter. During the crowdfunding it was decided that the following will be included: Once Upon a...   [click here for more]
Askfageln  $34.95

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Play Dirty (15th Anniversary Edition)

Play Dirty (15th Anniversary Edition)


John Wick's monthly game master advice column in Pyramid was the most controversial in the magazine's history. It was seen by some as revolutionary and dismissed by others as outright dangerous. Collected here for the first time are all eleven episodes including "Hit 'em Where it Hurts," a new introduction and closing statements by the author. Learn the worst, most despicable,...   [click here for more]
John Wick Presents  $19.99 $9.99

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How to Slay Dragons and Understand People

How to Slay Dragons and Understand People


Personal growth sounds like a lot of work, but it can be fun with the BOSS mod system. This system fuses Jungian psychology, MBTI, and other personality models with role-playing games. This book is filled with abilities, pre-made characters, quests, and techniques to help you "gear up" with mental fortitude. Dive into a journey of self-discovery, take on your personal dragons head first,...   [click here for more]
BOSS mod  $0.99

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Fantasy Maker Handbook

Fantasy Maker Handbook


Welcome to the Fantasy Maker Handbook. This book will guide you along the way to writing down all of the elements you’re going to need to consider to write a fantasy role playing game setting from top to bottom. Of course not every possible element you can imagine for a game is covered in this book, that would be impossible; but it is a comprehensive guide that covers all of the important factors....   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $4.95

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Designers & Dragons: The 80s

Designers & Dragons: The 80s


PART TWO OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’80s is a comprehensive picture of the growth of the RPG industry. This second edition expands the original single book into a series of four, and we’ve added over 10,000 new words to this volume alone. Take an in-depth look...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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KOBOLD Guide to Combat

KOBOLD Guide to Combat


A full-throated battle cry. The clash of swords. The smells of smoke, mud and blood. Combat! At the heart of every adventure lies conflict, whether it’s between a cursed knight and a half-elf prince at swordspoint, a troupe of adventurers facing down an ogre, or the armies of two great nations clashing for ultimate power. Between these covers, 20 master game designers and storytellers...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $19.99 $9.99

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How to be an Expert GM

How to be an Expert GM


Once you've decided to push beyond the exceptional and become an Expert Gamemaster, then it's time to take a step back to take a broader view of Gamemastering, and, once you have that view, ask yourself what refinements you can make to your craft. Out of the entire group, the Gamemaster is the only person who must bring craft to the table, and it is the quality of that craft that separates...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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How to be an Exceptional GM

How to be an Exceptional GM


Part two in the four part How to Be a GM is here. To become an exceptional Gamemaster, you have to take a step back from Role-Playing Games and take a close look at the elements that make up those games, looking beyond the basics of rules, dice, and mood to the very heart of the game – the heart that most people never even look at. So, we take a closer look, and see that Role-Playing Games...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps


Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans The power of creation is at your fingertips! 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...   [click here for more]
F+W Media  $22.99 $11.99

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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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How to be a Great GM

How to be a Great GM


Being a great Game Master is a little like being yourself; no matter what you do to be different, you will always be who you really are in the end. Is that a little cryptic? Let me break it down for you. Being a great Game Master means; being diverse and flexible. You have to be ready for any possibility and you need to be able to visualize things in your head that some people have trouble doing...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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Eighth Day Genesis:  A Worldbuilding Codex

Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex


2013 Origins Award Nominee You want to build a world. Twenty authors want to help. It begins when you have that moment when you can close your eyes and see a world no-one has seen before. It might start from a grain of sand, the way light filters through the trees, the feel of satin robes, the smell of cooking soup, or simply a wish for somewhere, somewhen else. It happens...   [click here for more]
Alliteration Ink  $14.99 $4.95

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Designers & Dragons: The 00s

Designers & Dragons: The 00s


PART FOUR OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’00s is a comprehensive picture of the new resurgence of the RPG industry. The final and most updated book in a four volume series, we’ve added tens of thousands of new words and insider info to this volume alone. Take an inside...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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BDKR1: The Unofficial Living Greyhawk Bandit Kingdoms Summary

BDKR1: The Unofficial Living Greyhawk Bandit Kingdoms Summary


During the eight year run of Living Greyhawk, the world’s largest role-playing campaign, the Bandit Kingdoms region produced over 130 unique adventures. For the first time ever, these narrative threads are woven into one cohesive tapestry. For those who helped shape these events, this comprehensive resource memorializes their struggles against Iuz’s oppressive rule. For others, this compilation...   [click here for more]
Casey Brown  $5.95

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Stealing Cthulhu

Stealing Cthulhu


Many Cthulhu games feel the same. You shoot cultists. You do rituals. You unearth a buried god that's like every other god you've dug up. This book shows you how to make your games new and horrifying: by stealing from H. P. Lovecraft. Stealing Cthulhu is my guide to Lovecraftian storytelling for roleplaying games. Its central idea is: by stealing, adapting and combining Lovecraft’s...   [click here for more]
Graham Walmsley  $12.00

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How to Create a Great Dungeon

How to Create a Great Dungeon


In many people's minds, dungeons are synonymous with roleplaying. The most successful game of all time includes the word in its title. But what is it about dungeons that really make them special, and how can you make a dungeon into a rich memorable environment rather than just a hole in the ground? The tradition of the dungeon in storytelling echoes back to the myths of ancient Greece, and the...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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KOBOLD Guide to Board Game Design

KOBOLD Guide to Board Game Design


Pull up a chair and see how the world's top game designers roll. You want your games to be many things: Creative. Innovative. Playable. Fun. If you're a designer, add "published" to that list. The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design gives you an insider's view on how to make a game that people will want to play again and again. Author Mike Selinker (Betrayal at House...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $14.95 $9.99

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Designers & Dragons: The 90s

Designers & Dragons: The 90s


PART THREE OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’90s is a comprehensive picture of the heyday of the RPG industry. This second edition expands the original single book into a series of four, and we’ve added over 10,000 new words to this volume alone. In this volume, we...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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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 $3.99

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How to be a Master GM

How to be a Master GM


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 are right in one sense - the tools of Mastery aren't about making a game more fun and exciting. Instead, the tools of Mastery are about making the game memorable. Any...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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The Arkham Gazette #3

The Arkham Gazette #3


"[H]e went back to Arkham, the terrible witch-haunted old town of his forefathers in New England, and had experiences... which made him seal forever certain pages in the diary of a wild-minded ancestor." HP Lovecraft - "The Silver Key" Welcome to the latest issue of The Arkham Gazette, the magazine all about Lovecraft Country for the Call...   [click here for more]
Sentinel Hill Press  $12.00

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How to Make a Great Character

How to Make a Great Character


So you want to learn how to make a great role playing character? This takes a lot more than a few pages of reading, actually it takes more than most people are willing to devote to the institution, but most importantly you need time and practice. This guide can teach you the basics, just follow the ten basic steps and you will generate wonderful characters to play, each and every time. ...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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KOBOLD Guide to Magic

KOBOLD Guide to Magic


Kobolds Work a Little Magic The popular and wildly useful Kobold Guide series tackles the biggest subject in fantasy: Magic! What makes a fantasy fantastic? Magic, of course! Whether it’s unearthly beasts, scheming sorcerers, legendary swords or locales that defy logic and physics, a compelling fantasy story needs magical elements. The tricky part is that in order for the story to...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $24.99 $14.99

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Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 2

Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 2


Foreword by Justin Achilli Edited by Jonathan Jacobs, Kameron Franklin, Berin Kinsmen, Tony Law, Ben McFarland Inside you will find timeless interviews with Dave Arneson on the roots of roleplaying games, Robin D. Laws on RPG theory and game play, and Jonathan Roberts on his career as a master cartographer. Open Game Table, Volume 2 features in all 65 articles from across the blogosphere...   [click here for more]
Nevermet Press  $5.00 $2.50

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How to be a Great Player

How to be a Great Player


What does it mean to play games, to be a player? You’ll never get the same answer twice and most of them are right in one respect or another. Playing games is fun, its fancy free and we’ve all done it since we were kids; but role playing games are games we know all too well whether we realize it or not. You’ve played role playing games since you were too short to get your own stuff...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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Play Unsafe

Play Unsafe


Often, we treat games like work. We buy shelves of thick books. We plan detailed adventures. We memorise rules. In Play Unsafe, Graham Walmsley explores what happens when you throw the serious stuff away: when you stop working, stop planning and start playing. This book explains how to make roleplaying less like work and more like play; stop killing other players' ideas and build on them instead;...   [click here for more]
Graham Walmsley  $8.00

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How to Use Romance in Your Game

How to Use Romance in Your Game


Love. It happens. We’re flesh and blood with one simple program...to seek a mate. The emotion is straightforward but courtship is a human institution full of opinions and restrictions. For most of history, one couldn't fall in love without society's approval. If you fall in love with an unacceptable somebody, you can be locked away, banished, or even killed. In early history, marriage was for...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $4.99

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Blowing Up the Movies

Blowing Up the Movies


TWENTY-FOUR ACTION MOVIES EXPLODE Robin D. Laws, game designer by day, cinema super-enthusiast by night, sets his analytic laser sights on action and thrills in a collection of essays sure to supercharge your tabletop roleplaying experience. As the countdown ticks and the bullets fly, Robin takes you inside the workings of 24 action movies, from the stone...   [click here for more]
Atlas Games  $15.00 $7.95

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How to Make a Great Villain

How to Make a Great Villain


In a traditional story, the villain is a catalyst for story. Usually, the events of the world would follow a destined course of action, but the villain decides that they want more, or they simply want the world to take a different path. Once one person steps out of the shadows to change the course of destiny; another person inevitably steps up to stop them. In more complex stories, a second party...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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Game Geek Issue #1

Game Geek Issue #1


The premier issue of Game Geek, inside you will find all sorts of fun stuff, including… * Behind the Game, Micro Games and my own Mini-Games * Map of the Month * Junkyard Wars, Strip #1 * Coral Thrown, Prolog * Multi-Verse, S&G Game Report * Battle Axe, Goblin Fetish Maker * Arcana, Cave of Screams * Review of Malifaux by Wyrd Miniatures * Cool Stuff, Decoder Ring Theater...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $1.00

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How to Run a Business in Your Game Setting

How to Run a Business in Your Game Setting


Sometimes being an adventurer doesn't pay all the bills. You need to replenish your rations, possibly buy new armor or equipment…maybe a dragon ate your horse last time out. You have to make money somehow, whether it be paper notes, silver coins, or gold bars. Some decide the only thing they can do is go out and risk their lives one more time, hoping to retire. Others… well, they settle...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $4.99

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Open Game Table - The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 1

Open Game Table - The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 1


Open Game Table, The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs aims to bridge the gap between the RPG blogging community and the broader table-top gaming fan base by showcasing the best talent in the RPG blogosphere. Within these pages are nearly fifty blog posts from dozens of top-quality RPG blogs chosen by the fans who read them. An expert panel of RPG bloggers, editors, and game designers judged the...   [click here for more]
Nevermet Press  $5.00 $2.50

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How to Spice Up Combat

How to Spice Up Combat


Combat is an integral part of most role-playing games, and in many of them the most IMPORTANT part. Lots of RPGs have game systems almost entirely devoted to rules used for adjudicating fights; whether between individuals, vehicles, or massed armies. Many of these conflict resolution mechanics are complicated, and can take a long time to resolve at the table. This can lead to lots of downtime,...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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