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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 $11.24

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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  $9.99 $7.49

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Advanced Fast Initiative

Advanced Fast Initiative


Interested to run more advanced and tactical initiative system but without added overhead and downtime? Inspired by Mike Mearls of D&D and board game Gloomhaven mechanics, I have worked a system that well meets those requirements. It's playtested and finetuned on a continuous basis by my own group. The response has been very positive, primarily due to the fact that combat is...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $0.90 $0.68

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Adventure Design - The Basic Structure

Adventure Design - The Basic Structure


Whether you're a seasoned, professional writer or a neophyte, adventure writing can be tricky. This book is the first in a series, and it takes the approach of writing adventures for publication. However, even those who simply want to write adventures for their personal game tables, for shop game days, or for conventions can all find some great information with in these pages. This book addresses...   [click here for more]
Silver Gryphon Games  $5.00

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Adventure Design in Practice

Adventure Design in Practice


Adventure Design in Practice is a structured analysis on my upcoming next adventure that will hit the gaming table with my regular group in three days from the time of writing this. It is my personal preparation work in a documented format with designer notes in a classic game master guide style. I analyze collaborative storytelling and how it can be fused with more linear story...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $0.90 $0.68

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Be Awesome At Designing NPCs

Be Awesome At Designing NPCs


Your PCs have final emerged from the dungeon laden with loot prised from the clutches of their slain foes. Heroically returning to civilisation, they find a tavern, divide up their loot and relax. Then they ask “So what are the people like here, anyway?” At this point, the GM likely panics and either replies “nothing special” or improvises a series of similar, one-dimensional...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $5.99 $4.49

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Be Awesome At Dungeon Design (Augmented Edition)

Be Awesome At Dungeon Design (Augmented Edition)


Any GM can design a basic dungeon. A dedicated GM takes the extra time to craft exciting, logical and challenging dungeons that are so much more than a series of rooms stuffed full of monsters and treasure. Be Awesome At Dungeon Design comprises over 200 pages of dungeon design advice from ENnie Award winning designer Creighton Broadhurst. Handling such subjects as a dungeon’s purpose,...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $5.95 $4.46

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Be Awesome At Village Design

Be Awesome At Village Design


Any GM can design a basic village. A dedicated GM, however, takes the extra time to craft exciting, logical and flavoursome villages that are so much more than a general store, village inn and some dreary peasant huts. Be Awesome at Village Design comprises village design essays by ENnie Award winning designer Creighton Broadhurst and a suite of tables designed to help the busy GM quickly and easily...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $3.99 $2.99

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Big List of RPG Plots

Big List of RPG Plots


Over the last two decades, The Big List of RPG Plots has been cited, quoted, thanked and excerpted in articles for computer-game design, a book on Hollywood screenwriting, and more than a few pen-and-paper RPGs. I wrote it in 1993 as an article submission for Pyramid magazine (they rejected it). I later tried to shop it to Dragon and Shadis and others...   [click here for more]
Cumberland Games & Diversions   FREE 

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Demon Font - TTF Font File with Lifetime Commercial License

Demon Font - TTF Font File with Lifetime Commercial License


DEMON FONT - TTF FONT FILE This is a DEMON TTF font file for any horror, Cthulhu or other similar roleplaying documents, with a Necronomicon look - perfect for enchantments and scary letters! Included in the package is the TTF font file, a JPG preview and a PDF with a Lifetime Commerical License. No need for any credit - just reuse this font file in ANY project...   [click here for more]
PenguinComics.com  $1.50 $1.13

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Demon Font II - TTF Font File with Lifetime Commercial License

Demon Font II - TTF Font File with Lifetime Commercial License


DEMON FONT II - TTF FONT FILE A NEW FRESH DEMON TTF font file for any horror, Cthulhu or other similar roleplaying documents, with a Necronomicon look - perfect for enchantments and scary letters! Summon a demon or have a werewolf fall in love with you, using this font! (Not guaranteed to work.) Vampires love it! Wizards and worlocks (especially from mountains...   [click here for more]
PenguinComics.com  $1.50 $1.13

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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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Diversity Dungeons : Worldbuilding & Game Design in the Safe Space Age

Diversity Dungeons : Worldbuilding & Game Design in the Safe Space Age


Much digital ink (and blood) has been spilt taking about diversity representation in tabletop gaming and in every other field of geek and nerd endeavour. Usually these conversations are extremely combative and they tend to end poorly for everyone involved. I've been involved in these debates and discussions myself, to my detriment. The position I hold being that free expression and the vision of the...   [click here for more]
Postmortem Studios  Pay What You Want

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Elegant Encounter Design

Elegant Encounter Design


Encounters are the motor of your storytelling. The way they are structured contributes the most to your table top experience. I've compiled a collection of design principles for encounters using my business consultancy skillset. It's been refeshing to deploy those practices to role playing domain and I feel it has given me a new angle to the subject in general. Key highlights and learning include:...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $0.90 $0.68

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Elegant Initiative Design

Elegant Initiative Design


Second title in my elegant design series focuses on combat iniatiative system options and turn order structure in general. If you have interest to see how your current initiative system could be spiced up with some additions or even replaced completely with a one more fitting to your play style, you should find this an interesting read. Many of the systems and mechanisms are in use in various...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $0.90 $0.68

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Essential Ethnographies #2 - Funerary Cannibals & Others

Essential Ethnographies #2 - Funerary Cannibals & Others


One of the quickest ways to start building cultures for your setting is to take inspiration from actually-existing cultures. What do you do when you don't want to crib off the same culture cultures that everyone else has used a hundred times before? Essential Ethnographies offers the convenience of building from preexisting cultures and the flexibility and novelty of working with cultures...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $2.95 $2.21

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Essential Ethnographies #3 - Cousins of the Bear & Others

Essential Ethnographies #3 - Cousins of the Bear & Others


One of the quickest ways to start building cultures for your setting is to take inspiration from actually-existing cultures. What do you do when you don't want to crib off the same culture cultures that everyone else has used a hundred times before? Essential Ethnographies offers the convenience of building from preexisting cultures and the flexibility and novelty of working with cultures...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $2.95 $2.21

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Fantasy Font - TTF Font File with Lifetime Commercial License

Fantasy Font - TTF Font File with Lifetime Commercial License


FANTASY FONT - TTF FONT FILE This is a FANTASY TTF font file for any roleplaying game or gamebook author that need a few generic silhouette/black-and-white fantasy illustrations for a project! The font includes 36 hand drawn illustrations - everything from chests to keys, the occassional monster, swords and even a scary tentacle (it's really scary!). Included in the package...   [click here for more]
PenguinComics.com  $2.00 $1.50

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Generic Adventure Magazine #1, May 2018

Generic Adventure Magazine #1, May 2018


GENERIC ADVENTURE MAGAZINE, #1, 2018. In this issue: Speed writing an adventure! In a few steps, I lay out a simple path on how to speed write an adventure to any role playing game. It doesn't matter if what you're going to play is horror, sci-fi, fantasy or anything else - you can use these techniques and ideas to any game and genre. Four simple steps to create the base - and then six simple...   [click here for more]
PenguinComics.com  $2.00 $1.50

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Generic Adventure Magazine #2, February 2019

Generic Adventure Magazine #2, February 2019


GENERIC ADVENTURE MAGAZINE, #2, 2019. In this issue: Backwards gaming! Remember Memento? Ever seen Irréversible? Both are amazing movies. And both are made using the same story telling technique: telling the story “backwards”. In this magazine, I will explain how to use this technique in a role playing adventure! Backwards game play isn't easy – but it can be pretty...   [click here for more]
PenguinComics.com  $2.00 $1.50

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Guide to Naked Geomorphs

Guide to Naked Geomorphs


The Guide to Naked Geomorphs provides tips, suggestions and examples of how to use the Naked Geomorph products. It includes two free full products: Cavern Basic Set D (C1-15D) and Cavern-Tunnel Passage Set C (M1-12C) so you can try out actual product content before buying anything. Additionally, it includes an archive of supplementary textures for digital editing of the map tiles, and an archive...   [click here for more]
Safatti Games   FREE 

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How to Be an Awesome Game Master

How to Be an Awesome Game Master


So you want to run a tabletop role-playing game. There are a lot of options, and a lot of choices you need to make before you sit down to play. Things like the genre, the game system, and the style of play are just as important as choosing when, where, and with whom to play. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of the role- playing universe and insights into establishing and maintaining...   [click here for more]
Rantings of a Wandering Mind  $2.00 $1.50

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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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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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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 $0.74

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Instant Aliens

Instant Aliens


Finally! An alien life creator that builds plausible ecosystems from microbes up to plant, animal, and sapient species. Alien encounters are some of the most exciting aspects of science fiction. In many cases, though, the beings depicted are only slight variations of our own species, often with barely a thought given to the other creatures that populate the native...   [click here for more]
Galactic Baroque Publishing  $10.00 $7.50

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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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One Page Dungeon Contest Submission Guide

One Page Dungeon Contest Submission Guide


Everything you need to know about submitting a One Page Dungeon Contest entry, along with resources, two playable sample dungeons, and a few tips to make your next entry stronger. ...   [click here for more]
Shattered Pike Studio   FREE 

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Preparing Scenes

Preparing Scenes


Preparing Scenes explores my method of preparation and planning as a game master. It is a very concrete description of how I plan my games. I've come to value scene-centric preparation with not only avoiding traditional risks of railroading but actually further maximizing flexibility and ability to improvise. ...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent   FREE 

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Questions Without Answers

Questions Without Answers


What can change a person's very nature? How can the broken be made whole? What does it mean to be a hero? In a world where most people still dismiss genre fiction as ‘trash’ or ‘pulp,' it should be no surprise that role playing games don’t have a reputation for literary value. And, to be fair, I can understand why: most...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  Pay What You Want

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Rick Hershey Art Rates 2018

Rick Hershey Art Rates 2018


Rick Hershey: Art Rates 2018 The following pages list my illustration and design rates for 2018. Each section breaks down the importance of the service, as well as presenting the cost to hire. If there is ever a project you need help on and the rates are not listed in this document, feel free to contact me and discuss. Available Services Include: Book Layout Illustration Graphic...   [click here for more]
Fat Goblin Games   FREE 

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Structured Free Association Story Plot Method 2.0

Structured Free Association Story Plot Method 2.0


Do you want to write better role playing game story plots? Don't have much time but would like to have engaging storylines for your players to explore? Key highlights: Harness your full personal capability using keyword association Write fast - as quickly as in 10-15 minutes from scratch to gaming table Be more varied than ever - avoid cliched anti-climatic story arcs How...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $0.90 $0.68

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Adventure Guide Pack

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Adventure Guide Pack


Adventure-Building Support for The GameMaster's Apprentice! Minimal Layout, Maximum Content!* Note: Each of these Adventure Guides is included with their respective genre deck of GameMaster's Apprentice cards (save the Fantasy guide, which is bundled with the Base Deck); if you purchase or plan to purchase all the decks, you do not need to purchase this separately! This pack...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  $0.99 $0.74

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Worldcrafting

Worldcrafting


An average gamer is sitting at his desk, scribbling "My setting" on the first page of his notepad. He has prepared in advance: in his mind, he has a plan for the setting, its history, inklings of geography and names. He’s read some guides to creating fantasy worlds as well. He knows a lot of PnP and video game settings, has browsed the websites of complex alternate worlds, and by...   [click here for more]
GRAmel  $9.99 $7.49

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Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers

Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers


A Style Guide with Style Writing With Style: An Editor’s Advice for RPG Writers presents 45 pages of concise tips on simple ways to make your roleplaying game writing cleaner and clearer. This guide doesn’t show you how to structure adventures, build stat blocks, or create worlds. Instead, Ray Vallese looks at some of the most common and easily fixable grammar and style issues he’s...   [click here for more]
Rogue Genius Games  $4.95 $3.71

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Zine Making 101

Zine Making 101


Zine Making, a wikibook on how to make your zines, by contributes Mcld and Thenub314, is licensed under the Creative Commons-Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 imported license, and here is the URL Address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ You wanna make a zine? Now's your chance to make your very own zine! This very Wiki Book will guide you in the process of making the zine you have always...   [click here for more]
RLS777  $2.00 $1.00

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[Bundle] How-To Cultures Collection

[Bundle] How-To Cultures Collection


This special bundle product contains the following titles. How-To: Far North Peoples Regular price: $2.95 Bundle price: $2.36 Format: Watermarked PDF Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $8.85 $7.08

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