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A Brief Study of TSR Book Design

A Brief Study of TSR Book Design


For many of us in the hobby there's always been a deep and abiding love for the classic modules and manuals of TSR-era Dungeons & Dragons. Out of affection for those mighty days of yore, I've conducted a light typographic analysis of Original D&D, Basic/Expert D&D, First Edition AD&D, BECMI D&D, and the early-era module designs of the late seventies and early eighties. For each...   [click here for more]
Sine Nomine Publishing   FREE 

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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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e-Publishing Secrets

e-Publishing Secrets


How to Save Money Starting Your Own PDF Game Company. “In a single page, you’ll learn the secret to saving thousands of dollars in starting your own RPG publishing company.” You’ll also receive a special bonus: 10 Secrets for PDF Publishing Success. These secrets are lessons existing publishers learned...   [click here for more]
12 to Midnight   FREE 

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ePublisher D20/OGL Guide

ePublisher D20/OGL Guide


ZIP file version contains copies of the licenses and SRDs. The official supplement of the highly regarded ePublisher Guide. This book contains everything you need to know about the D20 and Open Gaming Licenses to produce a quality product. Licenses are translated to plain English by our staff lawyer. The pitfalls and common mistakes of beginning publishers are presented to prevent you...   [click here for more]
OneBookShelf, Inc.   FREE 

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ePublisher Guide

ePublisher Guide


Note that this guide was last updated in 2004. It contains tons of useful advice for new publishers so we continue to offer it. The definitive guide to electronic publishing for the RPG/Game Industry. With over 80 pages packed (no art) of information on how to startup and run your new business from many well known names in the industry. Detailed information on how to be successfully...   [click here for more]
OneBookShelf, Inc.   FREE 

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ePublisher PDF Creator

ePublisher PDF Creator


Note that his title was last updated in 2004. While some PDF specifications and practices have changed since then, most of the advice in this book are still valuable. This whopping 100 page official supplement of the highly regarded ePublisher Guide is jammed packed with excellent advice and great product reviews. This book is designed to help you create professional looking products...   [click here for more]
OneBookShelf, Inc.   FREE 

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Exemplars & Eidolons

Exemplars & Eidolons


Tales of Thundering Heroism Welcome to Exemplars & Eidolons. Within these few pages you’ll find a game of titanic heroes and glorious paragons, living legends of every stripe banding together to accomplish deeds of deathless fame. Using the basic framework of classic old-school gaming you’ll fashion fresh exemplars of daring to battle foes far...   [click here for more]
Sine Nomine Publishing   FREE 

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FREE Overnight Elite Pack

FREE Overnight Elite Pack


The Overnight Elite Pack includes details about how to level characters quickly and easily for play at higher levels. This quick-leveling system is recommended for player use with the permission of their Mission Controller. MC's are advised to use this system to make it easier to run higher-level missions without having to adjust the contents of the mission to fit lower level characters....   [click here for more]
Corefun Studios, LLC   FREE 

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FREE Solar Echoes Orientation Guide

FREE Solar Echoes Orientation Guide


Catch a glimpse of the Solar Echoes universe with the free Orientation Guide! Inside are details about the setting and a quick example of the fast-paced combat system. In the setting info, learn about the Inter-Stellar Union, the Union Guard, and your role as a Union Guard agent. Also included is historical info about the part of the galaxy you are in, some history...   [click here for more]
Corefun Studios, LLC   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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Hexbox

Hexbox


Emergent storytelling through wilderness exploration! Hexbox is a systemic approach to sandbox hexcrawling designed for use with 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons but easily adaptable for use with any fantasy role-playing game. This book lays out the systems and procedures used to streamline the process with an eye towards minimizing GM bookkeeping and keeping the nuts and bolts largely off-screen...   [click here for more]
Taoscordian 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]
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How to Survive

How to Survive


To celebrate Free RPG Day 2018, here is a free, system-neutral little zine with loads of advice,(almost none of it guaranteed to be useful or helpful.) Contents include: Tips Tricks Checklists A Map Comix Rumination Illumination Consternation Defenestration Probably some other 'tions too. ...   [click here for more]
Knight Owl Games   FREE 

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Inner Sanctum Rules

Inner Sanctum Rules


Inner Sanctum Preview Rules Book ...   [click here for more]
New Comet Games  Pay What You Want

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Kittiwake Classics Living Catalogue

Kittiwake Classics Living Catalogue


A full list of Kittiwake Products updated regularly as new details are released. ...   [click here for more]
Kittiwake Classics   FREE 

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Misfit Marketing Methods Episode 1, Intro to Marketing

Misfit Marketing Methods Episode 1, Intro to Marketing


In his Facebook Live series, Misfit Marketing Methods, Steven Trustrum explores marketing techniques, including the methods, strategies, tactics, and tools of content marketing. Although generally applicable to any business, he does so with a focus on the context and perspective of small press and gaming publishers. The series is intended to provide a starting point and on-going...   [click here for more]
Misfit Studios   FREE 

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Misfit Marketing Methods Episode 2, Social Media Basics

Misfit Marketing Methods Episode 2, Social Media Basics


In his Facebook Live series, Misfit Marketing Methods, Steven Trustrum explores marketing techniques, including the methods, strategies, tactics, and tools of content marketing. Although generally applicable to any business, he does so with a focus on the context and perspective of small press and gaming publishers. The series is intended to provide a starting point and on-going...   [click here for more]
Misfit Studios   FREE 

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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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Planet Mercenary Game Chief Secrets PDF

Planet Mercenary Game Chief Secrets PDF


This is a supplement to the Planet Mercenary RPG which contains design information, Q&A, and an extended index. ...   [click here for more]
Hypernode Media   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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Rick Hershey Art Rates 2019-20

Rick Hershey Art Rates 2019-20


Rick Hershey: Art Rates 2018 The following pages list my illustration and design rates for 2019-20. 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 Cover...   [click here for more]
Fat Goblin Games   FREE 

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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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Savage Worlds Scribus SWAG Template

Savage Worlds Scribus SWAG Template


This is a non-official template for the Open Source Scribus desktop publishing software based on the styles found in the Word (author does not have InDesign) template offered by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. It contains Character and Paragraph definitions that are ready to tweak for your needs. In addition, it has a master with background image and page numbering. Finally, there is some image content...   [click here for more]
Pinnacle Entertainment   FREE 

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Stealing Cthulhu Teacher Guide

Stealing Cthulhu Teacher Guide


This is a guide to insane Lovecraftian classroom rigor. Is it intended to be used along with Stealing Cthulhu by Graham Walmsley. An introduction from the guide: WHAT ’S THE DEAL HERE? Why You Should & How You Could (Use This) H.P. Lovecraft is a ghost in some circles. To many readers, he haunts silently and unrecognized in the background of the...   [click here for more]
Pete Figtree's Ruthless DeeVersions   FREE 

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Symbaroum - Balanced Combat Resistance

Symbaroum - Balanced Combat Resistance


Included in the Symbaroum Core Rulebook is a simple template for designing suitable challenges for a group of newly created player characters. Here follows a more detailed model on what the GM should keep in mind when designing combat challenges, based on the player characters’ Competence Level and the intended Difficulty of the fight. This document ends with a list of pre-made...   [click here for more]
Free League Publishing  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall

The DMs Guildhall (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a new show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 10 - Phil Beckwith

The DMs Guildhall Episode 10 - Phil Beckwith (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 11 - Joshua Heath

The DMs Guildhall Episode 11 - Joshua Heath (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
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The DMs Guildhall Episode 12 - Jacob Klünder

The DMs Guildhall Episode 12 - Jacob Klünder (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
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The DMs Guildhall Episode 13 - Mike Suteu

The DMs Guildhall Episode 13 - Mike Suteu (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 14 - Jerome Lamberth

The DMs Guildhall Episode 14 - Jerome Lamberth (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 15 - Christopher Walz

The DMs Guildhall Episode 15 - Christopher Walz (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
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The DMs Guildhall Episode 16 - Matt Butler

The DMs Guildhall Episode 16 - Matt Butler (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios   FREE 

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 17 - Aaron Lopez

The DMs Guildhall Episode 17 - Aaron Lopez (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios   FREE 

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 18 - Christopher A. Rowles

The DMs Guildhall Episode 18 - Christopher A. Rowles (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios   FREE 

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 19 - Dan Harlan

The DMs Guildhall Episode 19 - Dan Harlan (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios   FREE 

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 2 - JVC Parry

The DMs Guildhall Episode 2 - JVC Parry (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a new show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios   FREE 

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 20 - Dan Layman-Kennedy

The DMs Guildhall Episode 20 - Dan Layman-Kennedy (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios   FREE 

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 21 - Matthew Gravelyn

The DMs Guildhall Episode 21 - Matthew Gravelyn (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 22 - Benjamin Huffman

The DMs Guildhall Episode 22 - Benjamin Huffman (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 23 - The Hag's Hexes

The DMs Guildhall Episode 23 - The Hag's Hexes (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
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The DMs Guildhall Episode 24 - Alex Clippinger

The DMs Guildhall Episode 24 - Alex Clippinger (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
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The DMs Guildhall Episode 25 - Matt Butler

The DMs Guildhall Episode 25 - Matt Butler (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
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The DMs Guildhall Episode 26 - Jason Bakos

The DMs Guildhall Episode 26 - Jason Bakos (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
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The DMs Guildhall Episode 27 - MAGE at the STVault

The DMs Guildhall Episode 27 - MAGE at the STVault (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. Head over to the plasticageplays twitch channel and follow to get notifications when we go live! Support this show...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 28 - Derek Ruiz (aka Elven Tower)

The DMs Guildhall Episode 28 - Derek Ruiz (aka Elven Tower) (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each...   [click here for more]
Aegis Studios  Pay What You Want

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The DMs Guildhall Episode 29 - Zachary Ball

The DMs Guildhall Episode 29 - Zachary Ball (audio product)


The DM's Guildhall is a chat show streaming Mondays on a variable schedule (usually at 1 PM CST) on Twitch! Each week, I will sit down for a one on one chat with a different #dmsguild creator to talk about making games, telling stories, and whatever else comes to mind. IN THIS EPISODE: I speak with Zachary Ball TWITCH CHANNEL NOTES: We will return to Eberron on Friday, August...   [click here for more]
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