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KOBOLD Guide to Plots & Campaigns

KOBOLD Guide to Plots & Campaigns


Run Your Best Campaign Yet Whether you’re a new gamemaster or a seasoned vet looking for a new angle to shake up your game, these 19 essays by expert gamemasters help construct your campaign from the ground up—and keep your players engaged until the dramatic conclusion. Kobold Guide to Plots & Campaigns shows how to begin a new campaign, use published adventures or loot...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $19.99 $9.99

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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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A GM's Tarot Guide: NPC Generation

A GM's Tarot Guide: NPC Generation


There are a lot of different ways that you can create flesh out a campaign and this is one of my favorite ones. With a Tarot deck and a bit of thought, a GM can churn out a multitude of facets for sessions and campaigns. The GM's Tarot Guide is a collection of spreads for various aspects of GM prep. From one-off NPCs to the entire world and scope of the campaign. The only things that limits you are...   [click here for more]
Mad Pierrot Games  Pay What You Want

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to be a Great GM with Your Kids

How to be a Great GM with Your Kids


If your group has kids and you play Role-Playing Games, then eventually, at some point, your kids are going to ask if they can play Role-Playing Games with you. And so, you wind up asking yourself the inevitable question: How to I get them involved? This great How to book will give you the secrets to including your kids in your hobby and have fun doing it. ...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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Gamemastering (English)

Gamemastering (English)


Gamemastering. No other task is as unpopular in a roleplaying group. Very often, it is the gamemaster who ends up doing all the work so everyone can enjoy the game. But the job of gamemaster is at least as exciting and unpredictable as taking on the role of a player character. When comparing gamemasters, it becomes obvious that some are better at their task than others--which is why rumors that one...   [click here for more]
Vagrant Workshop  $19.95 $14.95

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How to Make a Great Dungeon II

How to Make a Great Dungeon II


Role-Playing Games are dungeons. Sure, there are a lot of other aspects to Role-Playing Games, but their heart is the dungeon. Most games have only a few other states you can be in - traveling, in town, and editing your character. And most would have you spend as little time in those other states as possible. The three most classic dungeon locales are the ruined keep, the cave system, and the...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #11

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #11


In our eleventh issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Talk Like a Pirate: Bring characters to life with a variety of vocal expressions. Skill Challenges Go To Sea: Our series on skill challenges sets sail for a completely new perspective on adventuring on the high seas. GMing Tips & Tricks:...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $2.49

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #9

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #9


In our beautifully reformatted and reimagined ninth issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Outside the Box: Explore a creative approach to matching disparate backgrounds with your new character's current career path. Coloring Between the Lines: The Radiating Gnome extracts the most graceful elements...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $2.49

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A Little Guide to LARP

A Little Guide to LARP


Have you played a tabletop rolelaying game or an MMORPG? The odds are that if you’re on this web store, browsing the titles, then you probably have. Have you heard of the strange world of Live Action Role Playing? If you’ve been around tabletop games for a while, or been to a convention, then the odds are that you’ve heard of this style of gaming, perhaps...   [click here for more]
Vulpinoid Studios  $4.00 $3.00

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The Game Master: A Guide to the Art and Theory of Roleplaying

The Game Master: A Guide to the Art and Theory of Roleplaying


The Game Master is a book about roleplaying games. It is intended for game masters from the aspiring novice trying to figure out how to launch their first campaign to the veteran who wants to discover how to consistently produce games that work and avoid train-wreck campaigns. It aims to foster a deeper appreciation of the unique nature of RPGs as both a dynamic literary form and a type of...   [click here for more]
Tobiah Panshin  Pay What You Want

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Best of Fenix - Volume 1

Best of Fenix - Volume 1


Best of Fenix includes some of the best gaming material from the Swedish gaming magazine Fenix – translated to English. In Best of Fenix you will find inspiring material written directly for Fenix’ readers by renown international game designers such as Kenneth Hite and Pete Nash, but also some of the best from the Swedish arena. To top it off, we got our own comic strip Bernard the Barbarian,...   [click here for more]
Askfageln  $14.95

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Best of Fenix - Volume 2

Best of Fenix - Volume 2


Best of Fenix includes some of the best gaming material from the Swedish gaming magazine Fenix – translated to English. In Best of Fenix you will find inspiring material written directly for Fenix’ readers by renown international game designers such as Kenneth Hite and Pete Nash, but also some of the best from the Swedish arena. To top it off, we got our own comic strip Bernard the Barbarian,...   [click here for more]
Askfageln  $14.95

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #3

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #3


In the third issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Previous Lives: Another look at character backstory development with people who have lived another life before becoming adventurers. Five GMing Mistakes: Happy Jacks' Stu Venable discusses a group of common pitfalls that every GM should be aware of. Tsunami...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $1.95

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #7

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #7


In the seventh issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Be Part of That World: Tips for adding roleplaying depth by engaging details of your character's setting while designing a backstory. Tools, Companions, and Gods - Using Computers in your SciFi Game: Writer/designer Phil Vecchione explores the use...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $1.95

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #10

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #10


In our tenth issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Chasing the Dragon: Explore characterization through vice as a roleplaying tool. Will You Pay the Price?: The Radiating Gnome continues his exploration of 4E skill challenges with a custom toolset for developing exciting noncombat scenarios. Changing...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $2.49

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Game Geek #37

Game Geek #37


New gaming goodness in this issue along with over $5.00 in free games and discounts. Musing of the Avalon Stogie Behind the Game Coral Throne, Chapter XXIV Heroes Wear Masks Dicing With Life Today’s Promise Excerpt Avalon Pathfinder Sorceress Issue #6 BedRock Interview Artist Spotlight....   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $1.00

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Best of Fenix - Volume 3

Best of Fenix - Volume 3


Best of Fenix includes some of the best gaming material from the Swedish gaming magazine Fenix – translated to English. In Best of Fenix you will find inspiring material written directly for Fenix’ readers by renown international game designers such as Kenneth Hite and Pete Nash, but also some of the best from the Swedish arena. To top it off, we got our own comic strip Bernard the Barbarian,...   [click here for more]
Askfageln  $14.95

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #8

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #8


In the eighth issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Secrets: Tips for adding roleplaying depth by folding secrets into your character's past and timing their reveal in game. Faces of Horror: JiB discusses the horror potential of characterizing elements of a game like you do NPCs. Mercy Hospital:...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $1.95

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #5

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #5


In the fifrth issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Eye on the Prize: Tips for adding roleplaying flavor by exploring your character's personal ambitions, no matter how unrealistic. Freshening Up Your Game: George from RPG Circus suggests six ways to freshen up a stale gaming experience. Tsunami...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $1.95

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #2

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #2


In the second issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Friendships On The Fly: How to use the "yes, and..." philosophy to build PC backgrounds and relationships during the game. Be An Interesting Player: Phil Vecchione offers tips to enrich your gaming experience by being more interesting at...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $1.95

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Prisms #1

Prisms #1


PRISMS is our community's newest quartlery periodical, focusing on system-agnostic, one-shot scenarios perfect for convention play or a single evening of fun. In our first issue of PRISMS, you will find the following adventure scenarios: Section Six: A mind-bending psychic horror scenario in which the PCs attempt to escape from an underground government research facility,...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $2.49

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #4

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #4


In the fourth issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Devils in the Details: Tips for adding roleplaying flavor by fashioning behavioral routines unique to your PC. Creating the Mood: JiB from Happy Jacks suggests ways to enhance your horror gaming experience by engaging the senses of your players. Tsunami...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $1.95

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #6

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #6


In the sixth issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Be Ashamed of Yourself: Tips for adding roleplaying flavor by exploring potentially comlpex regrets that can inform character development. Exploring Character - A Qualified Rant: George from RPG Circus discusses the fundamental difference between...   [click here for more]
PT Publishing  $1.95

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RPG Handbook ~ Getting Started

RPG Handbook ~ Getting Started


The RPG Handbook ~ Getting Started is a system-free, color guide to playing tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs). It contains key information from the complete RPG Handbook. This concentrates on information for those interested in finding out more about playing RPGs. That includes content for new players and families who would like to try out what roleplaying games have to offer. The topics covered include:...   [click here for more]
Thistle Games  Pay What You Want

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Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #1

Tsunami Quarterly Review Issue #1


In the first issue of Tsunami Quarterly Review, you will find the following great features: RPG Crucible: Told by the Victor: Advice on building backstory that leaves room for suprises! Are Gamemasters Playing Too?: A philosophical look at the GM's role in the game. Tsunami City Project: Fourteen fantastic city locations discussed on...   [click here for more]
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Infinite Horizons, Issue #1

Infinite Horizons, Issue #1


This first issue of Avalon Game’s great Sci-Fi e-zine, Infinite Horizons will bring to you all the great Sci-Fi stuff you have been wanting, and more. Each issue is packed full of great gaming, fiction, comics and review. Did we mention that it’s free!!! Gaming Infinite Futures, Heritage Infinite Futures, New Prestige...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $1.00

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The Fiendish Primer

The Fiendish Primer


A must-have for the children of all us fantasy gamers. With these 29 pages of full color illustrations you can entertain and educate your baby on the monstrous dangers inherent in the worlds we adventure in. This is a must have for educating your child early about fantasy creatures while also providing a platform to begin teaching the essential ABCs. This alphabet book will walk your child from...   [click here for more]
J. J. Sloane  $1.99

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Infinite Horizons Issue #3

Infinite Horizons Issue #3


The third issue of Avalon Game's great Sci-Fi e-zine, Infinite Horizons will bring to you all the great Sci-Fi stuff you have been wanting, and more. Each issue is packed full of great gaming, fiction, comics and review. Did we mention that it's free!!! Gaming Infinite Futures, Heritage New Adaptoid Infinite Futures, New Prestige Classes Infinite Futures, New Feats Infinite...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $1.00

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