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A Twist Of Fate (an ANKUR story)

A Twist Of Fate (an ANKUR story)


"A TWIST OF FATE" is a short story that takes place within the setting of the ANKUR - Kingdom of the gods RPG. Joshua Robertson is an award winning fantasy/sci-fi novelist. ...   [click here for more]
Chris Miller Games (CMG)  Pay What You Want

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Adventure Theory

Adventure Theory


Adventure is the Third Pillar of Fantasy Storytelling Any System! Any Setting! This book is about story. I named it Adventure Theory because it’s a more compelling title for tabletop roleplaying gamers, but it’s only one component of a great fantasy adventure. To have a compelling adventure, you need solid characters and an interesting setting as well as a moderately...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $9.80

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Andrus: The City of Men MAP

Andrus: The City of Men MAP


Andrus is a world in miniature; with nowhere to go and a hostile world beating at the walls, Andrus houses hundreds of races and thousands of cultures, each one vying for survival in a city filled to the brim with ancient enemies, world-moving powers, and a metropolis full of factions struggling for dominance in this strange, new world. Designed for the Skybourn campaign setting, in Andrus gnolls break...   [click here for more]
Drop Dead Studios  Pay What You Want

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Arcane Theory

Arcane Theory


Using Arcane Magic to develop Characters, Worldbuilding, and Adventures Arcane magic is a foundational element of tabletop fantasy. Whether you’re drawing upon the concepts of Vancian magic as interpreted by Gygax and Arneson, or embracing pseudo-historical tradition of Hermeticism, the ability to manipulate supernatural energy and cast spells is an important part of the genre. With no arcane...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.90

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Bast

Bast


“What fully civilised soul but would eagerly serve as high priest of Bast?” She Who Scratches, the Lady of the Ointment Jar, the great cat-goddess of nighted Khem comes alive in all her varied forms: as a Trail of Cthulhu titan (complete with her monstrous Brood of Bubastis), mysterious Ashen Stars entity, TimeWatch cult leader, and 13th...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Building Characters [Black Box Edition]

Building Characters [Black Box Edition]


Create memorable characters with great story potential! 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 on a creative level than they are different. The symbiotic relationship between character and story...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00

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Census of the realms: d1100 fantasy names

Census of the realms: d1100 fantasy names


Eleven tables of [approximately] d100 names for a total of about 1100 fantasy names. Great for one-off games when players can't think of names, or for those sudden NPCs who pop up out of nowhere. Most names are neutral to race and gender, so you may feel the need to adapt as needed. This download contains both a PDF and EPUB. ...   [click here for more]
Mixed Signals  Pay What You Want

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Character Theory

Character Theory


Characters are the First Pillar of Fantasy Adventure! Any System! Any Setting! You’ve created fantasy roleplaying characters before. Odds are that the focus of the system you used was on the crunchy bits. The process tacked background details on at the end that may not have been relevant to the adventures you played. Most of the time, your character’s back story...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $9.50

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Cleric Theory

Cleric Theory


Using Clerics in Worldbuilding and Adventure Design Any System! Any Setting! Clerics bring a sense of mythology to a fantasy world. They validate the existence of deities. Their beliefs reflect the morals and ethics of their religion, if not the broader cultures of the setting. The magic they utilize is different because it is divinely bestowed for faithfulness...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $8.60

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Cool Words for Gamers

Cool Words for Gamers


A book for gamers interested in interesing and bziarre words by Creighton Broadhurst Looking for an odd or bizarre word? Want to recapture the spirit of old-school games? Then look no further—from abnormous to zounds—we’ve got you covered! Cool Words for Gamers is a compilation of all the cool, slightly bizarre words Creighton has posted to his blog over the years....   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $3.45

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Creatures from Fairy-Tale and Myth story book

Creatures from Fairy-Tale and Myth story book


Welcome to Creatures from Fairy-Tale and Myth, an in-depth volume devoted to the most iconic creatures that transcend cultures and time. This book sets out to analyze each creature in terms of attributes, vulnerabilities, habits and summarizes the timeless stories that include them as the hero's adversary. You will also find a brand-new story involving these iconic creatures, sometimes told from the...   [click here for more]
Pendelhaven  $19.98

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Crítico #10

Crítico #10


En este número de la revista Crítico encontrarás: Marea en tierra firme. Una aventura para Savage Worlds por Lluis Fe Perez. Las arenas. Una aventura en el mundo de Conan por David Fluhr. Carretera infernal. Una aventura para Savage Worlds por Manuel Alfonso García. El...   [click here for more]
HT Publishers  $2.25

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Culture Theory

Culture Theory


Using Fantasy Cultures and Races to develop Characters, Worldbuilding, and Adventures In the context of a fantasy world, culture can mean a lot of things. Often people reduce it to what tabletop games traditionally call race. Elves are magical, learned, and like nature. Dwarves are sassy, temperamental, and like to party. It’s not so much a collection of cultural markers, or even ethnic markers,...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00

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Dice Tales: Essays on Roleplaying Games and Storytelling

Dice Tales: Essays on Roleplaying Games and Storytelling


Some people play roleplaying-games for the challenge; others play them for the story. Award-winning fantasy author and freelance game writer Marie Brennan is unabashedly in the latter camp. In these essays she looks at tabletop and live-action RPGs from a narrative perspective, exploring the ways the framework of a game can generate and support (or undermine) your tale. Whether you are a player or...   [click here for more]
Swan Tower  $2.99

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Divine Theory

Divine Theory


Using Divine Magic to develop Characters, Worldbuilding, and Adventures Divine magic is an element of tabletop fantasy with that’s seen a lot of changes. Originally intended to help emulate vampire hunters in Hammer Horror films (seriously) by allowing characters to turn and disrupt the undead, it’s grown to encompass a whole spectrum of real-world religious influences, mythology, and...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $8.70

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Eldorian Location 2: The Island of Dormos

Eldorian Location 2: The Island of Dormos


“Jewel of the Sea of Souls. It may be a small island but mighty of heart.” Sister Tarian Handhealer Esmian Priestess) Leave the mainland and sail the temperate waters of the Sea of Souls. Navigate the dangerous reefs, and the beacons of Dormos Island will guide you to an island most fair. Have you ever felt pressure and...   [click here for more]
Friends of Eldoria  $1.00

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Fighter Theory

Fighter Theory


Using Fighters in Worldbuilding and Adventure Design Any System! Any Setting! The appeal of the fighter is that it’s the most generic of character classes. It plays to the most basic rules, regardless of what system you’re using. There are no complicated and esoteric exceptions to be learned, making it perfect for new players. For those interested...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $8.40

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Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror

Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror


Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Horror Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 1) helps you to develop and tell frightful tales of dread and darkness. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which horror genre elements you wish...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.50

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Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction

Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction


How can you add more excitement and bold vision to your science fiction adventures? Science Fiction (Genre Structure Vol. 2) helps you to develop and tell tales of discovery and possibility. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which science...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.50

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Genre Structure Vol. 3: Fantasy

Genre Structure Vol. 3: Fantasy


How can you add more wonder and enchantment to your fantasy adventures? Fantasy Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 3) helps you to develop and tell spellbinding tales of magic and imagination. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which fantasy...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.50

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Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]

Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror Regular price: $7.50 Bundle price: $6.00 Format: PDF Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Horror Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 1) helps you to develop and tell frightful tales of dread and darkness. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $22.50 $18.00

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HFA: The War of the Prophecy

HFA: The War of the Prophecy


On the same day, at the same time, the priestesses of the Five Worlds all announce the same news: the Worlds are scheduled to be remade. From among the mortal populations, a goddess will be chosen, and she alone will determine what happens to them. What follows next is a tale of predatory gods, warring nations, and larger than life heroines at the dawn of time. Featuring a revised text and exclusive...   [click here for more]
Voidspiral Entertainment  $15.00

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How to Improve Your Hobby Skills

How to Improve Your Hobby Skills


This eBook will help guide you on the different topics to improve your hobby skills from building miniatures, painting them to a level you are happy, and how to showcase them online. While I focus on gothic sci-fi miniatures, you can use the tips in this book for figures for wargaming, tabletop games, RPG, scale models, or really any other plastic miniature. This is the first book in the Beginner...   [click here for more]
Joe Baird  Pay What You Want

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Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers

Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers


If you want to spark new ideas for worlds, plots or characters, you want Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers. Medicinal corpses, the jargons of thieves and carnies, Nazi UFOs, the colonization of space and green children from nowhere are only a few of the topics covered. This sourcebook is for all writers of fantasy or science fiction--whether novels, short stories,...   [click here for more]
Good Looking Corpse  $0.99

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Looking Glass: Hong Kong

Looking Glass: Hong Kong


Looking Glass: Hong Kong is a “Low and Slow” city setting for many possible GUMSHOE games. This look at one of Asia's most cramped and chaotic ports features the lay of the land, including markets and masses, and three unique backdrops for the main setting - a scenic or thematic element, or just somewhere to stage a fight scene. It also details Hong Kong's factions, from...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $5.95

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Meeples Together: How and Why Cooperative Board Games Work

Meeples Together: How and Why Cooperative Board Games Work


"This is the single most valuable resource to date for the design of cooperative games." — Raph Koster, author of A Theory of Fun "Meeples Together is a must read for any emerging game designer, and an interesting read for all hobby gamers." — Richard Launius, designer of Arkham Horror “Required reading for game designers of any kind, bursting at...   [click here for more]
Gameplaywright  $9.95

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Party Theory

Party Theory


Teams of Characters in Fantasy Adventure Any System! Any Setting! In the past four decades there have been millions of words written about character creation. There are scores of books on worldbuilding, and notable volumes on fantasy adventure design. For some reason, though, little has been written about the nature of parties. To be sure, we do talk about “party...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $9.50

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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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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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Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! 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 the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00

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Premise: 100 Horror Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Horror Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! 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 the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00

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Premise: 100 Science Fiction Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Science Fiction Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! 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 the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00

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Premise: 100 Superhero Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Superhero Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! 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 the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00 $5.00

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Premise: 100 Weird Fiction Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Weird Fiction 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]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00

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Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]

Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas Regular price: $10.00 Bundle price: $8.00 Format: PDF More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $50.00 $40.00

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Rogue Theory

Rogue Theory


Using Rogues in Worldbuilding and Adventure Design Any System! Any Setting! The appeal of the rogue is their reputation as the non-conformists of character classes. Even if they’re not outright thieves, they have a reputation for being a bit freewheeling, morally flexible, and willing to do things other characters aren’t. They’re skill-oriented...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $9.90

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Roleplaying Game Dictionary

Roleplaying Game Dictionary


Most likely, if you’re reading this, you’re a gamer. And I hope a dictionary of every term in gaming interests, and even helps you. But it isn’t really for you, it’s for your friend. That one who is a little interested in playing, and has tried a few sessions but has never been able to get into it. It’s written for your partner, who you always ask to join you in that next...   [click here for more]
Straight Path Games  Pay What You Want

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Setting Design [Black Box Edition]

Setting Design [Black Box Edition]


Design dynamic settings that support telling great stories! 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 need and use. With clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Create a clear premise for your...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00

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Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]

Story Design Volumes 11-20 [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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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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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