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Backstory Cards: Techniques Guide

Backstory Cards: Techniques Guide


The Backstory Cards Technique Guide is your one-stop source for unlocking the potential of Backstory Cards. This free 10-page PDF includes: The instructions on one page, so you don't have to just refer to the three cards in the core deck Essential tips for players and GMs Plenty of advice on creating and using an effective setting grid, including...   [click here for more]
Galileo Games   FREE 

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Be Awesome At Dungeon Design

Be Awesome At Dungeon Design


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 eight dungeon design essays by ENnie Award winning designer Creighton Broadhurst. Handling such subjects as a dungeon’s purpose, design, ecology,...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press   FREE 

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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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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 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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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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Rekommendationer för rollspelsregler

Rekommendationer för rollspelsregler


Rollspelsregler är en särskilt invecklad form av text. Först och främst måste läsaren förstå innehållet ordentligt. Men sedan måste hen även memorera reglerna och kunna använda dem i praktiken under själva rollspelandet. Om hen har glömt någon regel måste det dessutom gå att snabbt slå...   [click here for more]
Bläckfisk Förlag  Pay What You Want

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Role Playing Game Rating Sheet

Role Playing Game Rating Sheet


The purpose of this rating system is to allow players to gather and share information about what sort of game they prefer, allowing them to beter match themselves with like minded gamers. This will make the chances of having fun much more likely, and after all, the real point of any game is to have fun. It is not intended to evaluate or judge others, or to suggest that one style of play is better...   [click here for more]
Critical Hit Publishing   FREE 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional

Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional


Want to write for games? Think your art is ready for professional publication? Not sure how to get your foot in the door? Freelance writer/editor/game creator Jess Hartley shares her secrets for using conventions as an entry into the game industry. This was originally a series of articles presented on Jess' website to offer her experiences and advice to potential freelancers looking to make...   [click here for more]
FR Press  $1.99 $0.99

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Description Cards - Storytellers Deck - ENVIRONMENTS CARDS excerpt - (Creative Inspiration for Writers, Storytellers and GMs).: Contains 12 Cards from the "Description Cards - Storytellers Deck"

Description Cards - Storytellers Deck - ENVIRONMENTS CARDS excerpt - (Creative Inspiration for Writers, Storytellers and GMs).: Contains 12 Cards from the "Description Cards - Storytellers Deck"


How to best describe Landscapes? It’s important to give your audience (readers or fellow gamers) a sense of place. That is, a landscape they can identify with and/or visualize.The difficulty here is placing a feature, a moment or a mark on the landscape that's memorable and (more importantly) indigenous to the landscape. This is exactly what these cards...   [click here for more]
Conflict Games, LLC  $1.99 $0.99

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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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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

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Probability 101

Probability 101


If you have a really hard time learning random numbers & chances (probability) in math, then you should get help! This little book will amke learning probability easier for you. This is also great for learning how to develop games, case scenarios, & obviously assumptions. Probability is everywhere! Percentages, fractions, rouleetes, dice of all shapes sizes & kinds, playing cards,...   [click here for more]
RLS777  $1.00

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Simple Simon's How to Talk Like a Pirate

Simple Simon's How to Talk Like a Pirate


Whether You Are Celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day or Plan to Shuck it All and Go On Account Let Simple Simon Teach You the Pirate Patois And You'll be Ready to Rob Galleons in No Time Here's Some of What Ye'll Learn Pirate Basics An Advanced Nautical Vocabulary Lingo From the Gun...   [click here for more]
Black Shark Enterprises  $1.00

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The Orphanage Issue 001 Push Mechanics

The Orphanage Issue 001 Push Mechanics


The Orphanage, is an irregularlly published blog published by the Game Designers of Orphans of the Storm, LLC. The article focuses on mechanics and design elements that were eventually abandoned, as unuseful in a particular project, but may have a general use for other designers. The elements are written in as complete a form as they may be at the time of abandonment, and are offered up as open game...   [click here for more]
Orphans of the Storm, LLC  $1.00

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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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Minieuro v0.5

Minieuro v0.5


Make your own minieuro to play PaperTown or everything you want! Print the pages of this pdf in black and white on paper of different colors. You can use some different material and size washers to represent the 1 and 2 euro coins, as you can see from the picture. In this case...   [click here for more]
PaperTown  $1.12

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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  $2.00 $1.50

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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  $2.00 $1.50

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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

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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

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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

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Gemology - Gemstones in Magic

Gemology - Gemstones in Magic


The following pages include information gathered from many sources and other books that I have read. Some of the information is from difficult to obtain grimoires and magical practices that were considered of great value in long forgotten places. I have created a kind of Encyclopedia of Gemstones for the modern day Gamesmaster and also added much additional information based upon real lapidary practices....   [click here for more]
Bronze Dragon Publishing  $2.50

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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

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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

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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]
Atlas Games  $2.95

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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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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  $2.99

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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]
MWS Media  $2.99

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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

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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

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Be Awesome At Freelance Game Design

Be Awesome At Freelance Game Design


Want to break into freelance game design, but don’t know where to start? Have you already had a crack at pitching a project and failed? If so, this is the book for you! Inside, Creighton Broadhurst publisher at Raging Swan Press and an ENnie Award winning game designer reveals his hints, tips and strategies for a successful career in freelance game design. This book covers such subjects as:...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $4.99

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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]
Taoscordian Games  $4.99

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Instant Universe

Instant Universe


Exploring strange new worlds and alien civilizations is one of the most exciting aspects of science fiction. In many cases, though, these worlds are only slight variations of our own, with cultures and technology not much further advanced. =GALACTIC BAROQUE= INSTANT UNIVERSE will vastly expand your horizons. Not merely a rulebook for random solar system creation, this guide generates...   [click here for more]
Galactic Baroque Publishing  $5.00

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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

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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

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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 $5.99

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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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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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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  $15.99 $9.99

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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

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La Bible du Meneur de Jeu

La Bible du Meneur de Jeu


Tous les conseils pour améliorer vos parties de jeu de rôle ! La Bible du Meneur de Jeu est un guide complet de 200 pages illustrées en couleurs qui rassemble en un seul ouvrage tous les conseils pour des parties plus intenses et plus fun. Vous y trouverez notamment des conseils pour : - gagner du temps lors de la préparation et l’écriture...   [click here for more]
Footbridge  $38.49 $13.39

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Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires

Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires


One-of-a-kind reference book for authors, publishers, game designers, researchers, vampire enthusiasts, and historians worldwide "An amazing collection of vampires and vampire lore, and a fantastic resource for fans, researchers, and writers. I love it!" -Rosemary Ellen Guiley Author, The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters   "This book...   [click here for more]
Scaldcrow Games  $39.95 $17.99

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