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Setting Design [Black Box Edition]
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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. This book shows you how to save prep time by focusing on just the elements you need!

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Fate System Toolkit

Fate System Toolkit


Rules, glorious rules! The Fate Core system is flexible, hackable, and adaptable to any world you can dream up. This Fate System Toolkit is packed with system ideas to bring those dreams to life. Learn how to hack the skill system to better suit your terraforming campaign. Get ideas on how to create races and societies for your woodland elves, subterranean aliens, or afterlife police force. Customize...   [click here for more]
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Fate Core Complete [BUNDLE]

Fate Core Complete [BUNDLE]


THIS IS A BUNDLE PRODUCT. WHEN BUYING THIS ITEM YOU WILL RECEIVE SEPARATE DOWNLOAD LINKS FOR EACH PRODUCT LISTED BELOW... Fate Accelerated Edition Regular price: $2.50 Bundle price: $2.00 Let’s face it: most roleplaying games aren’t grab-and-go. Giant books and prep work out the ying-yang can be fun if you’ve got the time, but...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $27.50 $25.00

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The Fate Codex - Volume 2, Issue 4

The Fate Codex - Volume 2, Issue 4


The Fate Codex is a mostly-monthly e-zine featuring Quick Start Adventures and more for the Fate roleplaying system. The project, funded through Patreon, grows and swells as more patrons support our work. We've been lucky to have lots of folks pledge, and we're now entering our second year of production! Our backers have enabled us to not only hire great authors, but also to include great...   [click here for more]
Magpie Games  $2.99

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The Fate Codex - Volume 2, Issue 6

The Fate Codex - Volume 2, Issue 6


The Fate Codex is a mostly-monthly e-zine featuring Quick Start Adventures and more for the Fate roleplaying system. The project, funded through Patreon, grows and swells as more patrons support our work. We've been lucky to have lots of folks pledge, and we're now entering our second year of production! Our backers have enabled us to not only hire great authors, but also to include great...   [click here for more]
Magpie Games  $2.99

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Horror on the Orient Express

Horror on the Orient Express


MAN DIES THREE TIMES IN ONE NIGHT! A puzzling headline begins a front-page article found in the Times of London. Three men, all identical in identification, were found dead in the same room of the Chelsea Arms Hotel. All were dispatched in a similar manner stabbed through the heart. Then the home of a valued friend burns to the ground, severely injuring him in the process. An odd...   [click here for more]
Chaosium  $59.95

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Hope&Glory: Glass Houses

Hope&Glory: Glass Houses


ESPIONAGE! Reaping the fruits of a century of hardship that followed the Catastrophe, the Raj is a nation projected towards the future. Where diplomacy fails to navigate the treacherous waters of alliances and rivalries, the agents of the Star Chamber must step in, and do what it needs to be done. Observe friends and foes. Gather intelligence. Discover secrets. Take action. Sometimes working...   [click here for more]
GGstudio  $2.99

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Hope&Glory: Number the Brave

Hope&Glory: Number the Brave


WAR! The long winter that buried the capitals of Europe under a thick blanket of ice and shattered a civilization also brought spring to the Sahara for the first time in millennia. Working with the African Council of Nations, the Italian refugees are turning the desert into a garden. But the barbaric remains of old colonial power want to snatch a bite of this new prosperity, one outpost at a...   [click here for more]
GGstudio  $2.99

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Hope&Glory: Part of the Machine

Hope&Glory: Part of the Machine


POLITICAL INTRIGUE! Buried beneath the ice of Europe’s perennial winter, the Imperial Palace of Tsaritsin is a wonder of engineering and art, and a house divided. In the upper floors, the aristocracy enjoy a fantasy-like life of parties and trysts, gossip and duels, trying desperately to forget about the horrors of the Catastrophe. In the lower levels, the chemically-enhanced worker class...   [click here for more]
GGstudio  $2.99

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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]
Pelgrane Press  $24.95

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The Fate Codex - Volume 2, Issue 5

The Fate Codex - Volume 2, Issue 5


The Fate Codex is a mostly-monthly e-zine featuring Quick Start Adventures and more for the Fate roleplaying system. The project, funded through Patreon, grows and swells as more patrons support our work. We've been lucky to have lots of folks pledge, and we're now entering our second year of production! Our backers have enabled us to not only hire great authors, but also to include great...   [click here for more]
Magpie Games  $2.99

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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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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]
Dancing Lights Press  Pay What You Want

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Day at the Fair - A Divine Blood Scenario

Day at the Fair - A Divine Blood Scenario


Today's the day of the school's fund-raising fair. Every club has it's own booth up raising money for charity, for club activities or just to show off something they've done recently. You and your friends are set to be this year's best booth at the fair. Nothing will possibly go wrong. Except the issue someone might have when they're unknowingly not human and about to enter puberty. Or that reporter...   [click here for more]
Thrythlind Books and Games  $3.00

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Hope&Glory: Above the Clouds

Hope&Glory: Above the Clouds


When the earthquakes and the tsunami came, the northern Republic of Iezo was all that survived of Japan. A small nation founded on modern technology and the ancient samurai spirit, Iezo thrived and is now ready to take its place at the side of the great nations of the New World. The maiden voyage of the airship Himiko is the perfect opportunity to impress both its allies and its enemies. But...   [click here for more]
GGstudio  $2.99

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Ultima Forsan - Wayland's Secret III: the Blood Father

Ultima Forsan - Wayland's Secret III: the Blood Father


THE THREE OF them chartered a ship, the Calling Gull, to cross the storm-laden sea from England to Ireland at first light on the fourth day of their stay in Scotland. They had picked up a few clues from examining Laird Connor’s room in the Scottish Castle -- Edward had discovered a few letters secreted away that shone new light on Kevin’s connection to the Laird, wisely he kept them...   [click here for more]
GGstudio  $2.90

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Setting Design [Black Box Edition]

Setting Design [Black Box Edition]


How can you 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $9.99 $4.99

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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: Seduction Stories

Story Design: Seduction Stories


How can you add more dark danger and wicked fun to your temptation adventures? Story Design Volume 10 - A seduction story has the protagonist trying to avoid doing something they know they aren’t supposed to do. It could be lying, cheating, stealing, breaking an oath, succumbing to addiction, or anything that has serious consequences. The thing that the protagonist...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  Pay What You Want

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00 $4.99

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Lilith

Lilith


Lilith “Satan here held his Babylonish court, and in the blood of stainless childhood the leprous limbs of phosphorescent Lilith were laved.” Lilith as Queen of the Vampires, Lady of the Night — or as First Rebel and First Heroine? We look at the many faces of Lilith, as a Trail of Cthulhu titan (Elder Goddess or Great Old One), Night’s Black...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Colonial Gothic: The French & Indian War

Colonial Gothic: The French & Indian War


IT WAS A DIFFERENT TIME. A time when Washington was a militia colonel. A time when Franklin was best known as a scientist. A time when Bostonians drank tea. A time when the British were the good guys. Welcome to a new era for COLONIAL GOTHIC, as the pages of history are tuned back to a time prior to the American Revolution. In THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, players and...   [click here for more]
Rogue Games, Inc  $17.99 $7.99

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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]
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: 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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Hudspeth Games  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00 $4.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00 $4.99

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Building Characters [Black Box Edition]

Building Characters [Black Box Edition]


How can you 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $9.99 $4.99

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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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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]
Dancing Lights Press  Pay What You Want

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $24.09 $9.99

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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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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]
Engine Publishing  $24.95 $11.95

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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Story Structure [Black Box Edition]

Story Structure [Black Box Edition]


How can you use time-tested story structures to create better adventures? 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 one very good reason: those structures are versatile and continue to work. This book helps...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $9.99 $4.99

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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: 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]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $6.00 $4.99

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Hope&Glory: Sketches of China

Hope&Glory: Sketches of China


PSYCHIC POWERS! When the Heavens signalled the Manchu’s Mandate had been revoked by bringing perennial winter to the Chung Kuo, the Taiping Regime seized power, bringing a new age of peace and harmony to the land. Their psychic powers carefully nurtured and artificially enhanced, the Eyes of the Emperor act as investigators, judges and jury. They work in pair with the Hands of the Emperor,...   [click here for more]
GGstudio  $2.99

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Hope&Glory: When in Rome

Hope&Glory: When in Rome


EXPLORATION! Lost Europe lies dreaming beneath a one-hundred-feet layer of ice. The plains and the rivers, the farms and the roads. And the cities. With their royal palaces and their museums, their libraries and art galleries. A priceless treasure, for a bold man to make his own. Captain Trevanian is such a bold man - a Tai-pan from the Honourable East India Company, his airship cargo is in...   [click here for more]
GGstudio  $2.99

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The School of Night

The School of Night


The School of Night “Black is the badge of Hell; the hue of dungeons and the School of Night.” Queen Elizabeth’s realm lies vulnerable, not just to the Spanish or the plague, but to occult forces perhaps more dangerous than either. You study those forces at the risk of torture — at the risk of your soul — but you must hold them at bay or see England destroyed....   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $4.45

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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]
Pelgrane Press  $24.95

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The Spear of Destiny

The Spear of Destiny


Is it the Spear that pierced Christ’s side, or the Spear of Odin? Does it grant true kingship or invincibility? Who has borne it through the millennia, and who seeks its true whereabouts now? This issue pierces the legend to reach the truth — and then makes the legend invincible. Plus, a look at the Spear for Night’s Black Agents, The Esoterrorists, Trail of Cthulhu, and TimeWatch....   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Galileo Uplift

Galileo Uplift


To fight aliens, one must use the alien. Take it apart, reverse-engineer it, rebuild it, turn it into armor and sensors and weapons and aircraft good enough to win a war against an enemy from the stars. Tech and gear for your high-powered MOON DUST MEN game, powered by a new GUMSHOE “tech tree” subystem for bootstrapping invention and development. Galileo...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Lejías del Espacio: Misión Don Benito de Indias

Lejías del Espacio: Misión Don Benito de Indias


Una desquiciada aventura en un mundo propio del autor, en donde un nuevo Imperio Español se extiende por toda la galaxia, sin que esta tenga la culpa de nada. Además del trasfondo, en esta aventura los jugadores vivirán un enfrentamiento épico, cuando un grupo de “Caballeros Lejionarios del Espacio” es enviado a un planeta repleto de zombis. ...   [click here for more]
HT Publishers  $2.23

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El Lobo

El Lobo


En la apartada comarca de Los Oscos, un lobo ha irrumpido en una casa y ha devorado a una anciana. La historia se vuelve especialmente trágica cuando el cuerpo despedazado es descubierto por la pequeña nieta de la víctima. En pleno verano y sin noticias, un suceso tan dramático es recibido casi con alborozo por los medios de comunicación más sensacionalistas...   [click here for more]
HT Publishers  $2.23

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Los ojos de Goro'Mosh

Los ojos de Goro'Mosh


El gambito del adepto La Calle de los Dioses va desde la Puerta del Pantano hasta el Templo de los Dioses de Lankhmar; a medida que las religiones aumentan en seguidores y donaciones, van avanzando desde la puerta de la ciudad por la avenida. Un nuevo culto ha llegado a Lankhmar y se ha convertido en el no va más entre la élite y los ricos. Pero a medida que crecen la fuerza y posición...   [click here for more]
HT Publishers  $3.37

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