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, excited, riveted.
In these pages, you'll find definitions of nine critical story beats. You'll read about the relationships between those beats. You'll also find complete analyses of three stories you know already—Hamlet, Casablanca, and Dr. No—to show you how the system works.
Written with roleplayers in mind, Hamlet's Hit Points is an indispensable tool for understanding stories, in games and everywhere else.
The Hamlet's Hit Points PDF is actually three PDF files. The first is a version of the full book adapted to be beautiful and functional when viewed one page at a time, as it's likely to be displayed on an iPad or other portrait-oriented eReader. It's fully bookmarked and hyperlinked. The second is a version of the full book that's 100% identical to the print version, output in spreads as you'd see the physical book while you hold it open in your hands. The final file is a series of large, 11x17 pages that present the beat maps for Hamlet, Dr. No, and Casablanca. These large-scale maps give a great at-a-glance overview of the stories.
For the purchase price of the PDF, you get all three files in a single archive.
Author Robin D. Laws wrote Robin's Laws Of Good Game Mastering; designed Feng Shui, The Dying Earth Roleplaying Game, HeroQuest, The Esoterrorists, and Skulduggery; and contributed to both the third and fourth editions of the Dungeon Master's Guide 2.