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Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game

Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game


"What I'm saying is that GMs out here need this book. You may be fine coming up with awesome NPCs on your own and don't think you need something like this, and what I'm telling you is that this book is more than just a thousand characters, it's a million stories." -- Dave Chalker, Critical Hits review 2013 ENnie Award winner for Best Aid/Accessory - 2012...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $16.95 $12.71

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Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters

Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters


"Much more than a simple book of plots, Eureka! stands as one of those essential tools that GMs and game designers will find themselves reaching for again and again." -- Game designer Wolfgang Baur, Kobold Quarterly review 2010 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement Featuring a foreword by gaming industry legend Monte Cook, Eureka contains 501...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $16.95 $12.71

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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  $9.95 $7.46

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Masks and Eureka: 1,000 NPCs and 501 Plots [BUNDLE]

Masks and Eureka: 1,000 NPCs and 501 Plots [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters Regular price: $16.95 Bundle price: $13.48 Format: ZIP File "Much more than a simple book of plots, Eureka! stands as one of those essential tools that GMs and game designers will find themselves reaching for again and again." -- Game...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $33.90 $26.95

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Story Design: Dark Horse Stories

Story Design: Dark Horse Stories


How can you add more heroic struggle and vicarious thrills to your underdog adventures? Story Design Volume 9 - In a dark horse story, the protagonist and antagonist are not evenly matched. The odds are stacked heavily in favor of the antagonist. Initially no one takes the protagonist seriously, but over the course of the story they shake off their underdog status to become...   [click here for more]
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Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 1

Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 1


Ken Writes About Stuff Vol. 1 KWAS Vol. 1 is a collection of 13 supplements written by master Lovecraftian writer and GUMSHOE guru Kenneth Hite. Discover hideous creatures, uncover an occult Nazi bell or join the men in black with this baker’s dozen of fear and fun! In the ENnie-award winning Ken Writes About Stuff series, Kenneth Hite turns his considerable writing talents and encyclopedic...   [click here for more]
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Setting Design

Setting Design


How can you design dynamic settings that supports telling great stories? Buy this title as part of the For Writers and Roleplayers Bundle and Save 50%! Setting Design helps you to assembling the critical details that you will need in order to tell a story. More than mere worldbuilding, this book shows you how to save prep time by focusing on just the elements you'll...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Duel Stories

Story Design: Duel Stories


How can you add more conflict and suspense to your competitive adventures? Story Design Volume 8 - In a duel story, the protagonist and antagonist are competing against one another. They may be fighting to obtain the same objective, or simply trying to insure that the other doesn’t get what they’re after. The rivalry might be a sports competition, a race to make...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Curse Stories

Story Design: Curse Stories


Add a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis stories and adventures. Story Design Volume 11 - In a curse story the antagonist feels that the protagonist has done something wrong. Maybe they have, and the antagonist’s actions are justified; maybe they haven’t, and the antagonist’s wrath is misplaced or unfair. As a result of the antagonist’s need...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Change Stories

Story Design: Change Stories


How can you add more inner conflict, fear or change, and wonder of discovery to your transformation adventures? Story Design Volume 12 - In a change story something upsets the protagonist’s life in a significant way. The character then has to adapt and come to terms with that change. It can be something normal yet tragic, like the death of a loved one or being diagnosed...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Taboo Stories

Story Design: Taboo Stories


How can you add more intrigue and danger to your forbidden love story? Story Design Volume 15 - In a taboo plot, the protagonist becomes involved in a forbidden romance. From the start everyone knows that the affair will fail because social forces don’t approve of the pairing; what makes the relationship unacceptable will vary with the genre, place, and time of the...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Sacrifice Stories

Story Design: Sacrifice Stories


How can you add more drama and pathos to your story of selfless heroism? Story Design Volume 16 - A sacrifice story finds the protagonist pursuing some noble cause or higher purpose. In order to accomplish their objective, they will need to give up something of great personal value. This might be other goals, a close relationship, or even their own life. They may survive,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Revelation Stories

Story Design: Revelation Stories


How can you add more action and conflict to your story of discovery? Story Design Volume 17 - In a revelation plot something is discovered that has serious implications for the protagonist. It may mean also have a serious impact on a supporting character, or the world. The actual discover could be something good or something bad, but it is startling and disruptive to the...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories

Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories


How can you add more hope and excitement to your story of dreams and aspirations? Story Design Volume 19 - In a rags-to-riches story the protagonist starts out poor, unknown, and without any power or authority. This could be literal or metaphorical; they may be intellectually or spiritually poor, rather than without material wealth. Over the course of the story they rise...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories

Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories


How can you add more empathy and suspense to your story of tragic descent? Story Design Volume 20 - In a decline-and-fall story, the protagonist starts out in a high position, possessed of fortune and glory, having everything they could ever desire. This could be literal or metaphorical; they might have moral or ethical riches rather than money and possessions. The protagonist...   [click here for more]
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Playing the Market

Playing the Market


Author: Quentin Hudspeth Page Count: 15 Use: Randomize equipment costs and availability POD?: Available for print on demand Looking to add a little randomness to the prices in your source book’s shopping list? Want to tie the costs into the availability of the item? Trying to work with both fantasy and science fiction settings? Playing the Market may be just...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: The Red-Headed League

A Study in Storytelling: The Red-Headed League


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? The Red-Headed League (A Study in Storytelling #2) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
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Ultimate GMing Toolkit: Improv, Campaigns, Prep, Tools [BUNDLE]

Ultimate GMing Toolkit: Improv, Campaigns, Prep, Tools [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters Regular price: $16.95 Bundle price: $13.08 Format: ZIP File "Much more than a simple book of plots, Eureka! stands as one of those essential tools that GMs and game designers will find themselves reaching for again and again." -- Game...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $77.70 $59.95

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The Complete Trilogy: Prep, Campaigns, and Sessions [BUNDLE]

The Complete Trilogy: Prep, Campaigns, and Sessions [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions Regular price: $11.95 Bundle price: $9.52 Format: ZIP File The heart of roleplaying is the gaming session, that point when everyone is gathered around the gaming table — and exactly when so many of your game mastering...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $33.85 $26.95

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Story Design: Journey Stories

Story Design: Journey Stories


How can you put more action and excitement in your traveling adventure stories? Story Design Volume 1 - In the journey plot, the protagonist travels and has an adventure. It’s a simple as that. There’s no deeper meaning or existential crisis underlying the trip. There’s hidden message, or a need for the character to experience personal growth. It’s...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Mystery Stories

Story Design: Mystery Stories


Add more thrills and dramatic tension to your mystery adventures! Story Design Volume 7 - The word mystery carries a lot of cultural baggage. From a genre point of view, it’s typically associated with murder. The story goal is to discover who did it, although more modern variations focus on figuring out how it was done, in order to prove who did it. A mystery doesn’t...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: A Case of Identity

A Study in Storytelling: A Case of Identity


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? A Case of Identity (A Study in Storytelling #3) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Coming of Age Stories

Story Design: Coming of Age Stories


How can you add more character focus and a slice of life to your adventures? Story Design Volume 13 - In a coming of age plot, the protagonist gains maturity. This is often literal as the character moves from one stage of their life to another, like from childhood to adolescence, or young adulthood to middle age. It can be metaphorical as they embark on a new career, learn...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Romance Stories

Story Design: Romance Stories


How can you add more conflict and characterization to your love story? Story Design Volume 14 - A romance plot features the protagonist falling in love with a supporting character or even a co-protagonist. The antagonist doesn’t want this to happen, and conspires to keep the lover apart. There is often some misunderstanding or miscommunication that creates a rift in...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Obsession Stories

Story Design: Obsession Stories


How can you add more danger and tragedy to your story of wretched excess? Story Design Volume 18 - In an obsession story the protagonist goes too far with something, and bad things happen as a result. The object of their excess can be an actual physical or psychological problem like alcoholism or drug addiction; it could also be an unhealthy fascination with a goal, a person,...   [click here for more]
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Roleplaying Theme

Roleplaying Theme


How can you use the literary concept of theme in a roleplaying game adventure? Yes, roleplaying games are different in structure than other forms of fiction, and the needs of the story, the people telling the story, and the audience are all unique. They’re still stories, and embracing theme is a relatively easy way to make those stories better. It’s infinitely more interesting...   [click here for more]
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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]
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Reality Makes the Best Fantasy - Book 1: People

Reality Makes the Best Fantasy - Book 1: People


Truth may be stranger than fiction but reality makes the best fantasy. A system-neutral guide to inspire GMs and players alike. Ever sit down to brainstorm for your next campaign and come up blank? Find yourself wondering, "what WOULD my character do in this situation?" Get your creative wheels turning with Reality Makes the Best Fantasy,...   [click here for more]
Back That Elf Up  $4.99 $2.99

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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]
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Building Characters

Building Characters


How can you create memorable characters with great story potential? Buy this title as part of the For Writers and Roleplayers Bundle and Save 50%! At the heart of all great stories are strong characters. It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading a short story, writing a novel, or watching a play. The characters found in TV series, comic books, and games are more alike...   [click here for more]
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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]
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Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions

Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions


The heart of roleplaying is the gaming session, that point when everyone is gathered around the gaming table — and exactly when so many of your game mastering skills are most needed. To the best of our knowledge, there's never been a system-neutral book focused on running great sessions. Until now. Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Search Stories

Story Design: Search Stories


How can you add more emotional resonance to your quest adventure story? Story Design Volume 2 - In the search plot, the protagonist is looking for something. It might be an object, a person, or a piece of information. The thing they’re searching for might be real, or it could be metaphorical. It doesn’t actually matter, because this is really a character-driven...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Chase Stories

Story Design: Chase Stories


Have you ever wanted more danger and excitement in your pursuit adventure stories? Story Design Volume 3 - In a chase story, one character is pursuing another. The antagonist may be after the protagonist, or vice versa. The person being chased is often in possession of something valuable or important, has committed a crime and is fleeing justice, or believes...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Rescue Stories

Story Design: Rescue Stories


Have you ever wanted more suspense and peril in your rescue adventures? Story Design Volume 4 - A rescue plot is an action-heavy structure where a supporting character (the victim) is being held against their will by the antagonist. The protagonist’s job is to locate the victim and escort them back to safety. There are variations possible, but the core of a rescue story...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: A Scandal in Bohemia

A Study in Storytelling: A Scandal in Bohemia


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
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Story Design 2 [BUNDLE]

Story Design 2 [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Story Design: Coming of Age Regular price: $2.00 Bundle price: $1.00 Format: PDF How can you add more character focus and a slice of life to your adventures? Story Design Volume 13 - In a coming of age plot, the protagonist gains maturity. This is often literal as the character...   [click here for more]
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Literary RPG Structure

Literary RPG Structure


In this booklet we’ll be approaching role-playing games like an exercise in collaborative storytelling. The GM and players are authors in more-or-less equal measure, though the GM bears perhaps a little more responsibility than the others in terms of keeping everything organized. These tips are based on the author’s career experience as a screenwriter and author of genre fiction. ...   [click here for more]
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Story Structure

Story Structure


How can you use time-tested story structures to create better adventures? Buy this title as part of the For Writers and Roleplayers Bundle and Save 50%! All great stories need a beginning, a middle, and an end. On that basic structure writers and storytellers throughout the ages have woven variations and created masterpieces. We keep coming back to the same foundations today for...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Breakout Stories

Story Design: Breakout Stories


Have you ever wanted higher stakes and deeper meaning in your escape adventures? Story Design Volume 5 - A breakout story involves a protagonist trying to escape from a situation that’s not of their choosing, and possibly not of their making. Their captivity can be literal, like being locked in prison or stranded on an island. It may also be figurative, like an abusive...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Payback Stories

Story Design: Payback Stories


How can you add more retribution and gratification to your revenge adventures? Story Design Volume 6 - In a payback story the protagonist, or someone close to them, has somehow been wronged by the antagonist. Seeking to balance the scales or settle the score, the protagonist goes on a mission of revenge. It’s a story about a person seeking justice by taking the law...   [click here for more]
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Roleplaying Group Dynamics

Roleplaying Group Dynamics


How can you get your game group to work better together and have more fun? Most of you don’t need to be told how to play well with others. Unfortunately, you’ll run into people who do. For whatever reason, they never learned this particular set of social skills. Sitting down to play a game with them can be like herding cats — occasionally entertaining, but mostly frustrating....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators Volume One: Star, Planet, Moon

Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators Volume One: Star, Planet, Moon


This concise first volume of Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators provides straightforward guidance on how to model the astronomical elements of an Earth-like planet for your storyworld setting. Author and storyworld creator Matthew Wayne Selznick ("Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era") explains the science and helps you through the (basic) math required...   [click here for more]
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Once Upon A Time Writer's Handbook

Once Upon A Time Writer's Handbook


Practice Makes Perfect! This timeless adage is true of everything from bike riding to speaking a language. It's also true for writing. The most consistent piece of advice from professional writers is this: Write every day. It doesn't matter what you write, just write. Great. Write what? Welcome to the Once Upon A Time Writer's Handbook, where you'll learn how to turn...   [click here for more]
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Roleplaying Emotion

Roleplaying Emotion


How can you express your character’s feelings without embarrassing yourself? Sometimes the hardest thing to do in a tabletop roleplaying game is engage with the roleplaying part. It's not that we have a shortage of ideas on how our characters would behave. Their abilities aren't a mystery to us, and we know how to use them to our tactical advantage. Things break down when we have to...   [click here for more]
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Premise: Weird Fiction - 100 Plot Ideas

Premise: Weird Fiction - 100 Plot Ideas


Stories at the intersection of fantasy, science fiction, and horror! Click on Full Size Preview for a sample! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements of the story: who the protagonists are, what...   [click here for more]
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Premise: Five Fast Fables Volume 1

Premise: Five Fast Fables Volume 1


Universal Story Ideas for any setting, any system, any genre! This booklet contains five fables, along with notes on how you can use them as plot hooks and adventure seeds for your own roleplaying game adventures or works of original fiction. Remix, recycle, and re-imagine them with careful consideration or reckless abandon. The fables in this volume are: The Wolf and The Lamb The...   [click here for more]
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Premise: Five Fast Fables Volume 2

Premise: Five Fast Fables Volume 2


Universal Story Ideas for any setting, any system, any genre! This booklet contains five fables, along with notes on how you can use them as plot hooks and adventure seeds for your own roleplaying game adventures or works of original fiction. Remix, recycle, and re-imagine them with careful consideration or reckless abandon. The fables in this volume are: The Father and His Sons The...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Prompts

Worldbuilding Prompts


Develop Settings, Character Backgrounds, and Adventures Worldbuilding is essential to good fiction, regardless of the genre or medium. It creates the context for the characters and the stories that they’re involved in. The information necessary to understand the motivations of the villains, the goals of the story, and what’s at stake if the protagonists fail, are all tied up on the setting...   [click here for more]
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Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 3

Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 3


Ken Writes About Stuff Vol. 3 KWAS Vol. 3 is a collection of supplements written by master Lovecraftian writer and GUMSHOE guru Kenneth Hite. Discover hideous creatures, manage the global war against aliens in a campaign frame, or learn to command the alchemical elements in this collection of fear and fun! In the ENnie-award winning Ken Writes About Stuff series, Kenneth Hite turns his considerable...   [click here for more]
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